26 Sep '12, 3am

Combat vet sues over Wyoming traffic stop:

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming sheriff's deputy who detained a combat veteran in handcuffs for openly carrying a pistol offered to let him go if he agreed to let another deputy draw his weapon and shoot if the veteran made any sudden moves while driving away, court records show. Capt. Robert Pierson, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot who has served two combat tours in Afghanistan, has filed a civil rights lawsuit over the August 2011 incident. 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. Advertisement 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. Pierson declined the offer and was released without a citation when a supervisor arrived. ...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/combat-vet-sues-over-wyomi...

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