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Deputy who arrested Springfield man for collecting signatures has been fired

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 16:09:06-05

SPRINGFIELD, Mich. — The deputy who arrested a Black man for collecting signatures in Calhoun County earlier this month has been fired, according to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department.

La'Ron Marshall was collecting signatures on Jan. 2 for a tenant’s association he was starting when he was arrested.

The incident was caught on camera.

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“We hold ourselves to high standards of professionalism to the communities we protect,” writes the sheriff’s department. “When we are right, we are right. When we are wrong, we admit we are wrong. On January 2, we were wrong.”

They tell us Marshall was within his constitutional rights to collect signatures that day.

The sheriff’s department also says criminal charges were dismissed following a discussion with Marshall and his attorney. We're told department policies and procedures are being reviewed.

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