"Incapacity and Opposition": Michigan MP struggles to discover a cause to arrest harmless black individuals
"So you don't even know what I'm doing?" Marshall pleaded and told the witness, another resident of the area, to keep recording. Marshall told MPs that he hadn't asked anyone for money. When one of them asked Marshall what he was collecting signatures for, he said, "It doesn't matter." The MP replied: "It is important." Then he changed lanes and asked Marshall for his ID instead. "If you cannot identify yourself, you will go to jail," said the MP. That doesn't exactly conform to Michigan law. "Michigan does not have a stop and ID act. This means that a police officer can only ask for ID if he has reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed," the law firm Christopher Trainor & Associates told its website. Marshall hired an attorney who claims this is a straightforward case of racial profiles, M Live reported.
In the video of the encounter, the woman's recording vouched for Marshall repeatedly and stated that he had done nothing wrong. "We have the right to petition this country," she said. The statement didn't stop the deputy from asking Marshall to put his hands behind his back. When the witness asked for the deputy ID number, he put his index finger to her face and said, "Nobody is talking to you." The MP asked Marshall to turn and put his hands behind his back. "What am I being arrested for?" Asked Marshall. The MP replied: "hinder and oppose."
Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against Marshall, M Live reported. Calhoun County Sheriff Steven Hinkley put the former deputy on administrative leave and asked for "patience" at a press conference on Jan. 6 as the officers completed their investigation. Though he later changed his mind, Hinkley tried his best to get the incident across to Marshall during the press conference. "Although this caller initially thought this activity was illegal, when the proxy contacted the person on this case, it appears that they may have been acting under regulations that were in effect in other communities rather than that particular community," said Hinkley.
The sheriff took a more definitive stance in a statement Undersheriff Timothy Hurtt on Friday. "We maintain high standards of professionalism towards the communities we protect," officials said. “If we're right, we're right. When we are wrong, we admit that we are wrong. On January 2nd we were wrong. "
The sheriff's office has not yet identified the resigned deputy. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump tweeted on Monday. "CCSO dismissed the deputy but did not publish his name. This is how bad cops get reinstated by other agencies! "