A Calhoun County, Michigan sheriff’s deputy has been terminated after he was caught on camera arresting a Black man who was collecting signatures from his neighbors to start a tenants’ association.
“We hold ourselves to high standards of professionalism to the communities we protect. When we are right, we are right. When we are wrong, we admit we are wrong. On January 2, we were wrong,” the department said in a statement released on Friday.
The incident occurred on Jan 2 when deputies approached La’Ron Marshall as he was collecting a signature from one on his neighbors. The officers told Marshal they had received a call about a suspicious person going door-to-door soliciting.
In the video, Marshall and his neighbor can be heard telling the deputies that he was not soliciting or selling anything. He was eventually placed and handcuffs and violently shoved into the deputies patrol vehicle. He was charged with resisting and obstructing police and spent the night in jail.
Marshall was arrested in front of his two children, ages 8 and 13. One of his children can be heard crying as his father is taken away.
“I’m tired of this. They always be picking at us. They can do what in the world they want,” the child says.
The charges against Marshall were later dropped.
The deputy involved in the arrest was initially place on administrative leave while the incident was being investigated before being fired.