I hope you had your recorder going, and I hope you follow up with a lawsuit for the adult version of kidnapping since they detained you for what they admitted was lawful activity.This evening I was detained by BRPD for exercising my rights as protected by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and Article 1 Section 11 of the Louisiana state constitution.
I was picking up dinner at Sonny's (on Florida Blvd) when an officer approached and asked what I was doing. (obviously picking up dinner with my credit card in hand speaking to the cashier at the window). I was detained, disarmed and searched. I was asked to sit with my hands on my head while back-up was in route(4 other officer soon arrived). I asked why I was being detained and the aggitated officer responded in the affirmative that it was due to my legal carry of a firearm. When I pushed the issue he threatened me with arrest for 'disturbing the peace'. I asked who's piece I had disturbed and he asked if I was lawyer. Of course I'm not. Again I asked who's piece I had disturbed and how OC could be considered disturbing the piece. He did not respond. This is when other officer's arrived.
All responding officers were aware that it was legal, yet they all said that it was their job to stop me and "check me out." After they ran my driver's license, which I gave up freely as I had just pulled in my truck, the officer seemed especially perturbed when he found that I had a CHP. I was told that it was my responsibility to inform the officer that I have a permit even if it was only for CC. I was threatened with them calling LSP to revoke my CHP. Each time they were met with, "how would that change the fact that I was and will continue to OC?" I was accosted for being "one of those guys." The original officer asked for my phone number. Which I again gave freely, I know that's not what I'm supposed to do. I followed with asking why they needed my number. Agian this aggitated the officer and his was reponse was for the report.
Each officer asked why I was openly carrying my firearm. They were all met with, "for my personal defense." The original officer took my firearm, magazine and ejected round to my truck and locked it.
After 15-20minutes, I was free to leave. I finally paid for and recieved my dinner. One last officer pulled up and asked to speak with me. Asked here my ID was. To which I responded, "back in my pocket." He didn't seem to like that answer though it was the truth. He again informed me that I should CC because I have a license. I told him, "I will take that into consideration." He asked me what my problem was and to spit out what was on my mind. I told him it was legal to OC and that I was a little agitated for being treated like a criminal. He said he was all about owning firearms and that he was a member of the NRA. He again recommended that I CC and let me on my way.
I thought I was fully prepared for such an encounter. I was so aggrevated with the crowd of officers that I was shaking. I don't think it was nervous shaking. I think it was more adrenaline.
On the plus side, my wife who has never liked that I carry, OC or CC, was angry that I was detained and disarmed. She never hinted to the fact that it was my fault for OC. I think this proves that we can normalize OC. She even commented that I should buy another gun. So I went from angry with BRPD to happy my wife is finally coming around to our side.