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A Screened Resolution of 39-17×1351

 

Posted by ColtCCO on September 19th, 2007 filed in Gettin' Pushed

Well, the Internal Affairs unit sent me a letter today.

Their determination was that the officer in question violated the departmental regulations regarding “knowledge of laws and regulations and courtesy”. This occured due to the officer’s confusion about the law in his previous state of police employment, Ohio, (I’ve gotta try that sometime, “I’m sorry, your honor, I thought I was in Ohio.”) where open carry is prohibited.

 

The official action(s) taken are:

- A written reprimand for the officer, “which reprimand carries with it certain inter-departmental consequences beyond just a notation in their personnel file.”

- Remedial training in TN Handgun Carry Permit law, and in dealing with the public.

- All KPD officers will be undergoing refresher training on Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit law during the next in-service training session.

- An apology from the Chief of Police, Sterling Owen.

I’m still processing how I feel about it. I’m glad it wasn’t swept under the rug, and at the same time, think that the reprimand could have been a bit more fitting. I’m not injured, I wasn’t falsely arrested, but my evening started when I got pushed at a wall for breaking no law, and nothing that happened afterwards really makes up for that.

The text of the original KPD complaint follows, as there is no reason not to share it now.

Attn:

Lieutenant Rick Ferguson

Internal Affairs Supervisor

Knoxville Police Department

PO Box 3610

Knoxville, TN 27927

June 23, 2007

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you in your capacity as Supervisor of Internal Affairs of the Knoxville Police Dept. to formally register a complaint against the department and Officer Greene, regarding his actions in the incident on the night of the 21st of June, around 10pm.

Background-

I had been shopping for groceries at the Walker Springs Wal-Mart with my girlfriend, Samantha Williams. I was dressed neatly enough in clean blue Levis and a grey T-shirt, tucked in. My carry firearm, a Colt Concealed Carry Officers Model, was holstered and safed on my right hip in a Brommeland IWB holster. As it was warm that night, I left my jacket in the car, and neglected to un-tuck my shirt over the firearm. We proceeded to shop for groceries for the next 20 minutes. At no time did anyone I encountered in the store raise alarm or cause panic over the sight of my carry firearm. After paying for our groceries, we exited the store and passed Officer Greene in the foyer, who was engaged in conversation with a Wal-Mart Employee. He was located against the wall, to my right. My hands were both on the cart at the time I passed him, my girlfriend was holding my left arm. After I had passed him, I heard Officer Greene exclaim “hey!” and I half-turned to respond to him. He came towards me quickly, and said “You got any ID on you, buddy?” I responded “Yes, I have my carry permit” thinking that he likely wanted to make sure I was licensed to carry a firearm. Both my hands were still on the cart at this time.

He then said “Let me see”, and I then reached for my front pants pocket, when I keep my wallet. At this time, Officer Greene took my wrist in his hand, twisted it back and away, and placed his other hand in my back, forcing me forward into the concrete wall just outside the outer door of the store. This movement caused me to lose my grip on my full cart of groceries, and it began to roll out into the parking lot. As the officer was pushing me forward, I held out my left hand to keep from hitting the wall with full force. When I moved my left hand to protect my face and chest from hitting the wall, Officer Greene shouted “Put ‘em up, keep those hands up there” and pulled my other hand over my head as he pushed my body into the wall. He then kicked and pushed at my ankles with his boots to cause me to stand spread-eagle against the wall. I attempted to inform him that I did have a TN Handgun Carry Permit, and that my mode of carry was legal, to which he yelled “It’s a concealed carry permit, don’t you know what concealed means?” I responded, still calmly, that in TN, “The state code doesn’t specify concealed carry; it’s simply a handgun carry permit.” This statement seemed to make Officer Greene even angrier, and he shouted “Do you think you know more about the law than me? I’ve been a police officer here for 7 years!” I replied “In this case, since we teach the Handgun Carry Permit Course where I work, I’m sure I know this law.” Officer Greene yelled again “I don’t care what you teach, you can’t go around carrying a gun where people can see it. Where do you work?” I informed him that I worked at Coal Creek Armory.

Officer Greene took my wallet, my car keys, both of my pocketknives, and kept his hand on my carry firearm as he called in my driver license to dispatch. In between speaking into his radio, he continued to berate me for carrying my firearm, and emphasized several time that I was incorrect about open carry. I attempted to inform him otherwise, still polite and calm, as I knew I had violated no law. Officer Greene informed me that “My probably cause is that you’re carrying a gun out here, inciting a panic, and that’s all it takes for you to sleep in jail tonight.” I stated, again, that my carry permit was valid, and TN State law permitted handgun carry open or concealed, and that I usually carry concealed. He said that my permit had “better say just that, handgun carry,” but even if it did, he’d just “find some other reason to take me in, disorderly conduct, or inciting a panic. I’ll make some reason.” I was shocked to hear him openly state that he would manufacture probable cause to falsely arrest me, in the hearing of my girlfriend, standing no less than 5 feet away, the Wal-Mart employee he had been speaking with, and the small crowd of bystanders watching.

Officer Greene attempted to draw my firearm to remove it from my holster, but I informed him there were belt snaps on it, and he could just undo them. He did so, and removed firearm and holster from my belt, and then asked me “Is this loaded, one in the chamber? Do you think you can just walk around like that with a loaded gun out in the open?” I confirmed that my defensive firearm was, in fact, loaded and chambered, with the safety on. He asked me “Now, am I gonna find anything else on you? You got anything else I need to know about?” I looked down and saw that he had not removed my Surefire flashlight from my front left pocket, and could feel the tiny CRKT pocketknife in my 5.11 boots pocket. He has missed them while frisking me, and I informed him of their location. He removed them , and then berated me for carrying more than one knife, asking me “what’s your problem, why are you carrying so many knives?” I told him that customers often prefer to buy the knife a salesperson uses, and so I carried one for opening boxes, and two “just in case” to show customers. He registered strong disbelief.

He continued “When I carry off duty, how do you think I carry my gun? It’s concealed, has to be concealed by law. You think the law’s any different for you and me? I’ve been a police officer here in Knoxville for seven years, and I’ve never seen anyone with a permit open carrying.”

I informed him that concealed carry off duty was a KPD regulation(I know a bit about KPD carry regulations, having dated the sister of a KPD officer for 2 years, and have a few more as customers and personal friends), but that a TN Handgun Carry Permit allowed for open or concealed carry. I stated that I had just left work, picked up my girlfriend, and went straight to Wal-Mart, and was carrying just as I had all day at work.

Officer Greene then told me to have a seat, stood in front of me on the bench, and continued to berate me for carrying a firearm. He handed me my wallet, told me to get my permit out from under my driver license. I did so, and handed it to him. He looked at it, and I stated “Handgun carry permit, doesn’t specify concealed.” He stated that that was “no excuse” for walking around with a gun out in the open, and said that I was lucky he was so gentle, because some of his fellow officers would have had me “proned-out on the ground” as soon as I walked past them with a firearm on my hip. “Is that how you think I should deal with you?” I said “However you think it should be handled” and remained quiet, as I did not wish to enter into an argument. I asked him to hand my girlfriend the keys to my car, so that she could put away our groceries, which he did.

At this point his backup arrived in a cruiser, and he told me to stay put, and asked the Red-shirted Loss Prevention Wal-Mart employee to watch me, and then went to speak to the other officer. I looked over at my girlfriend who was understandably upset, and tried to console her. When the officer returned with his partner, he handed me back my work keys, knives and light, and told me to “put them away” and then handed me back my holstered firearm, and said “take it, and conceal it. Do it.” I retrieved my items, put them away, and asked if I was free to leave. He nodded, and I retrieved my girlfriend, and walked to my car.

Points of Complaint-

TCA §39-13-101 - Assault. At no time before, after or during the incident of the 21st was there any probable Officer Greene to lay hands upon me, or to subsequently propel me towards a building wall. Officer Greene or any other officer of the law, as per TCA§39-17-1351, may disarm a permit holder within the course of his duties, but only “when the officer reasonably believes it is necessary for the protection of the permit holder, officer or other individual or individuals[1].” As I had no suspicious appearance and was engaged in no criminal or even suspicious activity, nor indeed any activity other than walking out of a public store, at normal speed with my hands in plain view; reasonable belief that I represented a danger or threat to any person could not have been based simply upon view of a holstered firearm. Officer Greene’s claim that I was “inciting a panic” was absurd, as he was the only person to object to my legally carried firearm during my visit to the store, unless he himself was panicked.

The same opinion makes it clear that Tennessee State law does not require a person granted a Handgun Carry Permit under TCA §39-17-1351, to carry such a firearm concealed. Hence, no probable cause for detainment, frisk, or disarmament existed, other than my legal carry of a handgun. The act of carrying a firearm openly does not, on its own, represent a crime, and therefore, is not, by itself, probable cause for the officer to disarm such a person carrying a firearm legally, as per the Attorney General’s instruction of October 11, 2005[2]. His ignorance of the TN Code’s absence of a requirement that a legally carried handgun be concealed, and the Attorney General’s clarification of this stance, is no excuse for his illegal handling of my person or property.

Illegal Search - As per the Tennessee State Constitution, Sec. 7, TN citizens are to be “secure in their persons… from unreasonable searches and seizures”[3]. As no legal probable cause for my physical detainment existed, Officer Greene’s subsequent frisk and seizure of my personal property, including my wallet, flashlight, keys and carry firearm, constitute an illegal search under TN law. “Officer safety” is not a valid defense to this Section when the underlying cause for the disarmament is legally invalid.

In conclusion, I will state that I appreciate the difficult and demanding job Knoxville Police officers have taken on as their profession, and that they must at all times keep their own safety to the forefront. However, these concerns cannot be permitted to override the individual right of the people of TN to be free from arbitrary, unlawful or uninformed police action as they peaceably go about their business.

I would have been happy to provide identification as asked, and attempted to do so, as asked, and responded politely and respectfully to questions of comments. I would have even complied with a polite request that I conceal my firearm, to prevent uneasiness on the part of other shoppers, even though it is not required by law. However, the officer made the choice to physically handle me in a rough manner, and further subjected me to ill-informed harassment on the statues of the State of Tennessee.

This is utterly unacceptable, both on the part of the officer who made the decision to forcibly restrain, then to attempt to instruct me, and on the part of the police dept that permitted an officer of their department to go so woefully uneducated on TN law for his stated 7 years of employment with the Knoxville Police Dept.

To further hear a duly sworn officer of the law announce, in front of multiple witnesses that he would “find some cause” to wrongfully imprison me, is beyond shocking to me. I can’t imagine what was running through his mind when he made that statement to me, but I cannot and will not assume that such behavior is permitted or condoned by the KPD, unless of course, the Knoxville Police Department’s high-ranking authority figures fail to strongly demonstrate otherwise.

The state of Tennessee recognizes and grants a regulated and restricted right to keep and bear arms, and those who have undergone the arduous process of obtaining a TN Handgun Carry Permit are not the enemy of the police officer, but rather, his ally. At my place of business, we have certified hundreds of people through the TN Handgun Carry Permit Class, and encourage all of them to behave in a safe, sane and above all, legal manner. To have that trust that their Handgun Carry Permit, when finally issued after multiple checks, will not be properly recognized or respected by KPD officers when it is exercised, is inexcusable to myself and all people in the State of Tennessee. Many hundreds of Knoxvillians, new and seasoned shooters alike attained carry permits, in the wake of the Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom murders, and they will watch closely for the Department’s official response to this utterly incorrect handling of a TN Carry Permit holder.

I have not, at this time, retained counsel for redress of the aforementioned violations of my rights under the law, but reserve the right to do so. I will, should I choose to file suit, copy you on the service as a courtesy.

Lieutenant Ferguson, I appreciate your attention to this matter, and hope that we will correspond further regarding the department’s response. Should you wish to reach me for a meeting regarding this matter, please feel free to contact me  at 865.567.1181.

 

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[1] TCA § 39-17-1351 (t)

[2] TN Attorney General Opinion #05-154 (http://www.attorneygeneral.state.tn.us/op/2005/OP/OP154.pdf)

[3] Tennessee State Constitution, Sec. 7, Unreasonable searches and seizures

Thanks for those who supported me, and made me take the complaint to official status. I feel better now, writing again, and perhaps I’ll manage to keep updating when I have time.

Your comments are welcome.

ColtCCO

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119 Responses to “A Screened Resolution of 39-17×1351”

 

1. Ambulance Driver Says:

September 19th, 2007 at 11:27 pm

Glad you got at least some acknowledgment from KPD that the officer was wrong and would be reprimanded, even if it may be a token response.

On another note, welcome back! Now get to posting! ;)

 

2. Drew Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 6:06 am

Actually, there is no state law in Ohio prohibiting open carry, although there are some unconstitutional local ordinances which prohibit the practice. What they told us in our CCW class was that while the cops couldn’t arrest you for open carry in localities where there is no ordinance, they would haul you in for “inciting panic” or “disturbing the peace.”

http://www.ohioccw.org/component/option,com_kb/Itemid,57/page,viewcat/catid,29/

 

3. gattsuru Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 6:21 am

Open carry is legal in the state of Ohio, if not some of the busier cities.

Interesting way for them to cover their asses.

 

4. Kevin Baker Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 6:36 am

Now the question becomes, will you be harassed for minor traffic violations for getting a KPD police officer reprimanded?

I don’t think there are that many cops with the “RESPECT MAH AUTHORITAH!” attitude, but even a few are far more than we should have to endure.

I’m glad things have worked out OK so far, though.

 

5.drobviousso Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 6:48 am

Have you considered a civil suite against the cop? With the result of the IA investigation, you should be a shoe in. Assault is not a joke.

 

6. homebru Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 7:05 am

Wonder why officer Green was run out of Ohio.

 

7. countertop Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 7:27 am

I hope your not satisfied by this response. The guy out and out battered, assaulted, and falsely imprisoned you. The fact that he acted, in what the KPD know acknowledged was well beyond the scope of not just the law but of his authority as a KPD officer demands that you press the issue further.

A reprimand? Thats BS. Why is this hot head still employed? And, are they going to pony up to the table financially for the inconvenience you suffered, the pain you suffered, the fear of further legal jeopardy and the stress it put you under? What about the attorney fees you incurred as a result of so-called Officer Greene’s arguably criminal behavior?

 

8. jay Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:02 am

I commend you for remaining calm in a tense situation.

Although next time I would advise just saying “I want an Lawyer.”

The most distrurbing part though was not that the officer did not know the law, not that he over reacted to the situation, but that he would make up a charge to hold you on.

 

9. gattsuru Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:08 am

Wait, so a police officer has been in state for seven years, doesn’t learn the basics of the law, say he’s willing to manufacture a reason for arrest, harasses a person for several other legally owned items, claims ignorance by pointing to the laws of another state (falsely, as open carry has never been illegal under state law in Ohio), violating 18 USC 242 (a felony)…

And after three full months, gets away with nothing but a reprimand, having to write an apology, and taking a short class?

Yet this fits Instapundit’s definition of well-handled?

 

10. Billy Hollis Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:10 am

So he was ignorant of the law in Tennessee, and that’s his excuse?

I seem to recall that, for we common citizens, it’s a bedrock legal principle that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

 

11. HighBrass Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:11 am

“This occured due to the officer’s confusion about the law in his previous state of police employment, Ohio, (I’ve gotta try that sometime, “I’m sorry, your honor, I thought I was in Ohio.”) where open carry is prohibited.”

Good try at justifying the officer’s incorrect application of the law…EXCEPT open carry isn’t prohibited in Ohio, nor was it prohibited however many years ago that the officer worked in Ohio. Perhaps he has another state he

worked in that could provide an excuse for his lack of judgment/professionalism/etc.?

12. pdb Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:16 am

So it’s not a crime to rough a person up in Knoxville if you happen to be from Ohio? Oh, and are a cop? That’s a bunch of hooey. Any ‘ordinary’ civilian would be doing jail time for doing what that cop did.

I would not be satisfied with this outcome; you may have different priorities.

Ending this ridiculous double standard under which police operate would go a long way towards restoring the confidence in law enforcement that we’ve lost over the years.

 

13. Malevoces Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:27 am

This is a tough one.

First, thanks so much for handling this correctly and with deliberation. You were sorely provoked.

As CCW holders we want to be seen as allies of law enforcement. I live in Texas where there is an explicit duty to conceal, but have lived in VA where there is not. While this officer acted inappropriately, I would infer from your story that he was quietly corrected on the scene by the second responding officer, and that the department is clearly willing to address the matter in some way.

I would suggest the following actions as being most likely to make this a win for all involved (yourself and the department).

First, you should get a personal apology from the officer in question as well as the department, with a supervisor in attendance. If he is not going to be terminated, he needs to be humbled. You should be gracious and forgiving in the hopes he will remember that most people he encounters are not criminals.

Second, when the refresher is given to the department as a whole, they should read your complaint to all attending. It is well written and demonstrates that citizens with CCW’s are informed, and fully capable of asserting their rights.

Third, you should also be allowed to append a short statement to the complaint telling the officers hearing it that you have chosen not to seek other redress either against the city or the officer in question, even though you would undoubtedly prevail, as a courtesy to them and the job they perform.

I this were all to happen, I suspect that you might be compensated for your experience by increased respect from the department and the community. It sounds like this might be a professional benefit as well given your work.

 

14. Robert Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:30 am

Sounded like assault and threats under color of authority to me. Is there any LESS they could do as a remedy?

The officers ignorance of the law is no excuse, as citizens have been told time after time.

I’d get a lawyer.

 

15. jdm Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:33 am

I think it’s both interesting and aggravating that the officer in question need not apologize for his actions.

 

16. ronbo Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:36 am

I’m in no position to advise you to sue - it’s your time and money, not mine - but testosterone freak with a badge and a gun is a danger to himself and others. He should not be a law enforcement officer. Maybe Wal-Mart is hiring!

 

17. Richard Riley Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:38 am

The fact that he’s still employed after threatening false arrest does not speak well of this department.

 

18. JMH Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:43 am

Officer Greene does not appear to have the proper temperment to wear a badge. Police departments really need to do a better job of identifying and discharging hotheads like this. As the complaint letter said very well, it’s a difficult and important job that police officers take on. It’s made much, much harder when the police lose the support of the public, and an increasing number of Officer Greenes around the country are costing the police their support among everyday citizens.

 

19. John Engel Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:43 am

There’s still something fishy; Open carry

_is_ legal in Ohio; in fact, the Ohio

Supreme Court specifically ruled it so

in Klein v Leis in 2003. See:

http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/article812.html

 

20. Jeff Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:55 am

Nope - doesn’t cut it. His “find some cause” line should be grounds for instant dismissal. Period.

 

21. Homer Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:55 am

I think I’m siding with Countertop and PDB; yes, the PD took some action, but it smells like the usual “protecting their own” type of action.

It would be a hassle to go through a civil suit, and before taking that path it would be interesting to see what “A written reprimand for the officer, “which reprimand carries with it certain inter-departmental consequences beyond just a notation in their personnel file” actually means.

Civil suits can be for non-monetary compensation, although winning one against Officer Greene that includes a financial penalty for him would both assist in his education as well as send a message to other officers and other police agencies. Or, a suit could seek that Officer Greene and Chief Owen star in a PSA from the KPD for local TV in which he confirms the rights and privileges of licensed gun owners in Tennessee. If you go that route, stipulate that KPD must pay for airtime to run the PSA if stations cannot assure a certain number of showings during popular viewing hours.

But don’t let ‘em off the hook so easily.

 

22. Duke DeLand Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 8:58 am

Your restraint is phenomenal!

Sue, you bet!

I have posted upon my recent decision to own a firearm…one not to carry, but to include in our RV as we drive about the country as a “prevention device”.

While I hope never to use it, I felt the need in today’s open community, to possess it….

my post: http://pekinprattles.blogspot.com/2007/08/gun-owner-duke.html

Duke

 

23. Warren Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 9:05 am

It’s fascinating reading this from my perspective as a police officer in Australia. Over here, there’s no legal open carry and no legal concealed carry either. Even as a cop I can’t even carry on the way to and from work, which is why I never wear my uniform to and from.

By the way, I don’t wish to jump to this guys defence- he clearly should have known the local law- but I can speak from experience when I say his decision making would have been rushed from fear. In fact the only thing scarier than searching someone with a firearm on them is searching someone with a used syringe on them.

 

24. Gbear711 Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 9:20 am

The officer should join the Wal-Mart security team - after he gets out of jail for assault. But you should want him to get a better paying job so he can settle a lawsuit to your satisfaction.

 

25. James E. Griffin Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 9:24 am

First, congratulations on getting this resolved in your favor. It goes a long way to making sure what happened to you doesn’t happen to another law abiding citizen.

Your official letter of complaint to Internal Affairs was damn near perfect. Thanks for publishing that as an example. Internal Affairs only addresses specific complaints, not generalities, and your letter was extremely specific.

Thanks also for specifically NOT tarring all police in Knoxville with this one cop’s brush.

Lastly, I hope the Chief’s apology was in writing. Such apologies are rare, and generally one page single-sided. You should go out and have the entire letter professionally framed. If the apology goes multiple pages, have color copies made and frame each page side by side, in the same frame.

If your apology wasn’t in writing, call Lt. Ferguson, and tell him “I want the Chief’s apology in writing, because I’m going to have it framed, and displayed on a wall in my house!”

If you’re not injured, and were not falsely arrested, I personally wouldn’t go to a lawsuit, with all the expense and aggravation that that entails. And trust me, to avoid a lawsuit, the Chief will put his apology in writing.

Having that “trophy” displayed on your wall, and letting Knoxville PD know that it’s there, should go a long way to assuaging your hurt. And you’ll get a great story to tell in the future. :)

 

26. Joel Rosenberg Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 9:30 am

Grading on the curve, I’d give the department a B+; forgetting the curve, it’s a D+. Not quite a flunk, but close.

 

At a minimum, the perp should have gotten a fair amount of unpaid time off and be officially subjected to enhanced supervision. There should also be a public apology to you, from the perp — the offense was given in public; so should the apology.

 

27. NTSH Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 9:36 am

Unacceptable, in my opinion. You have to live in this town, but please consider the following:

As outrageous as the officer’s initial actions were, I can see at least a tenuous justification, given that he had been incapable of learning the actual law in SEVEN years on KPD.

However, there is no justification, anytime or anywhere, for threatening to falsify charges. If true, this officer is a threat to society and a liability to KPD. The fact that he so lacked self-control as to make those statements in front of witnesses (if true, for the lawyers out there) suggests he’s a ticking bomb.

At the least, every case he touches from this point on will be tainted (if true). Any defense attorney will be eager to get this officer on the stand just to draw blood over this incident. Think Mark Fuhrman, and ask how many cases will be torpedoed by the officer’s statement. Also, how many time do you want to be called as a witness to impeach his character?

I say follow up until KPD sees the light.

 

28. Buckley Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 9:37 am

FWIW, I think that the KPD Chief handled an embarassing situation in a stand-up manner.

I suspect that the officer realized he had made a mistake very early on, and was too embarassed or stubborn to be humble about the fact. I also figure he regrets what he did, if only because it has cost him some bit of respect from his peers.

Accepting the apology would be very gracious and respectable, and an example to the officer.

 

29. ParatrooperJJ Says:

September 20th, 2007 at 9:43 am

As a point of reference open carry is legal in Ohio.

 

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