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Pierson, 31, of Pensacola, Fla., was carrying the pistol, which is legal in Wyoming, when he was pulled over by Deputy Corry Bassett of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
In a sworn statement this month, Bassett acknowledged he offered to release Pierson if he allowed Deputy Rob Andazola to draw his weapon and cover Pierson.
“I didn’t know whether kicking my leg over the bike, or walking away, or what they could possibly constitute as a hostile act,” Pierson said in a telephone interview Monday. “I didn’t like the terms. And I was a little unnerved by the fact that they were threatening lethal force with a deadly weapon against a man who was compliant, in handcuffs, who had been screened.”
Bassett said in the sworn statement that he had been trained to put his personal safety above the rights of a citizen openly carrying a handgun.
“We’re told every day, our safety is first,” he said. “We’re here to come home every night.”
Patricia L. Bach of the Wyoming attorney general’s office represents Bassett and Andazola. She declined comment.
Pierson said he is seeking damages, an apology and a statement by the jurisdictions involved that the open carry of handguns is lawful — and that the purpose of government is not officer safety but the protection of peoples’ lives, liberty and property.
Originally posted by 369821
I hope they lose their jobs at the bare minimum.
Originally posted by usmc0311
Unfortunately incidents like this one are happening more and more everyday. That officer made it clear that he felt he was above the laws and the Constitution. Poeple who open carry need to know their rights and the laws just like this Man did. In the long run he was right and I'm sure it will end up being ruled as such. The saddest part is that these officers are not ussually held accountable for their illlegal actions. He was smart to record them as well. There needs to be an organization that does nothing but pursue charges against these officers when they don't follow the law themselves. Corruption is so rampant these days that you cannot trust a single department to do the right thing anymore.
This goes to show that no matter who you are, if you exercise your rights as they stand in the Constitution then you will be targeted for harrasment. There is no doubt this man was detained illegally. I think ATS needs a separate forum for law enforcement who don't uphold the law. Yeah, it's that big of a problem.
Originally posted by DaMod
reply to post by usmc0311
First of all, I live in Wyoming.
It is Legal in Wyoming to open carry a firearm without a permit.
It is Legal in Wyoming to concealed carry a firearm without a permit as long as you are a resident.
These officers were in the wrong. However, the issue was remedied by their supervisors and the man was released.
He was never charged and never taken in because he did not do anything illegal.
"When I was a "police officer" back in the early '70s the transformation was just starting to take place from a mentality of a public servant working for the citizens to "law enforcement". The first I noticed of it was when the police departments started preferential hiring of ex-military people returning from Viet Nam. They started introducing military tactics into the department, including the first S.W.A.T. team. They quit referring to people on the street as citizens and started calling them "civilians", or more commonly "assholes".
Originally posted by whisperindave
Idiot didn't need to be carrying a weapon openly anyway. All these bikers love to act tough and hard. If a cop asks you "Do you have a weapon" You tell them. Otherwise you could be dead. Officers carry weapons all the time, they are "strapped" in their minds, that means ready to kill. A common citizen is not. This is not the wild west. You don't pass RVs doing a 100 miles an hour and then act like a prick to a cop! Just common sense! What is wrong with you gun carrying morons? Do you really think you are going to stop a robbery? Do you think you are combat trained and ready to be a hero with your pistol? I used to carry...All it ever did was get me in trouble. Then someone broke in my car and took the gun. Maybe they killed someone with it, or committed a robbery. But not once did having a gun do anything for me. Do yourself a favor, you openly carry, you tell the cop "I am armed." Simple. Stop trying this "Don't tread on me, I'm a libertarian, crap." All you are really doing is trying to intimidate other people. And the chances are good you will have your gun taken from you and used against you by someone MORE belligerent and MORE hostile than you are! Creeps in Arid-Zona thinks they are tough carrying guns around openly. It's always bikers. And it's always frightening for women and children. You're nothing but a bully without even one college class in Law...but you're going to make a cop sweat! Big tough guy. Do you know what those field officers go through on every damned traffic stop!? They take their lives in their hands to protect YOU. Some get really antsy after a hard day trying to explain to stupid, testosterone driven lunkheads like you, just what the f*ck YOU are doing to make their lives harder...stop carrying weapons. Stop being an officious prick.