Or total brain dead stupidity.
So I get out of the truck, tuck my shirt (which had ridden up) over the Para, and walk across the parking lot to go into the restaurant.
It is 5:10 pm. There is another guy in the parking lot heading into the restaurant. He’s behind me.
Dude is really crowding me, way into my personal space as we approach the door.
As I reach for the door, he puts his hand on my firearm through the shirt! Seriously.
I arm sweep his hand aside, lock his wrist and elbow and began to break his fingers or bring him to his knees (I really didn’t care which), and he cries “I’ma Cop!” Looking at him, he had a haircut like a cop and didn’t look scruffy or anything….so:
“Step back!” I said as I pushed him away and lifted my shirt to get my hand on my firearm.. “Hands where I can see ’em.”. “Don’t move!”.
He freezes, and says. “I am a police officer. Let me show you my ID”.
I allow him to retrieve his ID.
He is, indeed a police officer. I asked him why he assaulted me…
He saw my pistol as I tucked my shirt back over it when exiting the truck, and followed me to “check me out”.
I suggested that he not do that in the future, As I considered it assault. Better not to do that, for his own safety. Say something rather than place his hand on it. Anything but that. Maybe politely announce himself from a distance…
He said that I had broken the law, by exposing my firearm.
Not in Indiana, dude. Try again. Open carry, while not common, is legal if you have a carry permit. I do. He thought I was wrong. And I only momentarily exposed the thing. He insisted I was wrong…
I suggested that we get the State boys out to decide, as he was County, and I didn’t want any conflict of interest or anything… Can call from my cell, have their number right here in my address book on the phone…WhaddYaSay? .?
He declined. “wasn’t going to make a big deal about it”
I offered my ID and little pink card.
He declined that too.
Not sure what to do and what the law is, he just wanted to leave and massage his arm.
We parted, but not friends. His arm is gonna be sore this evening. Mine is already. I have a real nice set of bruises from the arm sweep. I thought about pushing it, and calling another jusrisdiction and making a big deal about it, but decided that it wasn’t worth it to go all wookie or anything. Besides, I just wanted food and a drink.
I may call a supervisor tomorrow.
Badge number 942.
But I must say, it was a bit exciting. At least for me.
It did leave me with a bit of a rush. Actually, I was scared. Kinda had the shakes when it was all over.
I learned a lesson:
I never should have let him crowd me that way. I was way too relaxed. Yeah, the shirt was over it, but still, he got his hand on it. And he never should have. Couldn’t have drawn it through the shirt without a struggle, but still. I let him get way too close. Way Too Close. Glad he wasn’t a compatriot of SumDood.
And I need to pay attention BEFORE getting out of the truck, just to keep this from happening. I’ve had questions asked by cops before, but never had anyone actually put his hand on my carry gun before, not in 15 years of carrying. And not by someone who was not in uniform.
I did not consider him enough of a threat as he approached. And I should have. Once he got into my personal space, I should have stepped aside and let him precede me through the door. Or turned to face him, at least. Something besides what I did. I was aware of his approach, but didn’t react as I should have.
I may not have been in condition white, but I wasn’t in yellow either. Gotta work on that.
This should never have happened….and wouldn’t have, if I’d have been more careful and more vigilant.
Gonna do my best to see that it doesn’t happen ever again.