FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, Jan. 22, 2021Outcome of Jan. 2 Springfield InvestigationToday, the Office of Professional Standards within the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department concluded its investigation into the January 2, 2021 incident involving sheriff's deputies in the City of Springfield, Mich. The deputy who chose to arrest Mr. Marshall has been terminated. 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. Transparency and honesty to our community is the foundation to all of our success. The conduct and actions of this case, in which Mr. Marshall was collecting signatures, does not represent our commitment to our community. The actions that Mr. Marshall took that day of circulating a petition are protected by our constitution. While some ordinances in communities, even within Calhoun County, prohibit vendors from selling items without a permit, no law—local, state or federal—prohibited Mr. Marshall from exercising his constitutional rights on January 2. Sheriff Steve Hinkley and Undersheriff Tim Hurtt had a productive conversation with Mr. Marshall and his attorney two weeks ago, and the criminal charges in the case were dismissed. We are reviewing procedure, policies and training to ensure our community receives the best service from our department.For media inquiries, contact Lucy Blair, Communications Manager for Calhoun Countylblair@calhouncountymi.gov

14 thoughts on “Terminated

  1. The only reason the stupid cop was fired was bc it was on film and could be proven. If there was no film the cops would have lied and got away with it.

  2. So professional that an arrestee had to hire a lawyer and educate them on the limits of their authority. At least they were willing to take their lumps.

  3. Maybe the citizen should be reimbursed for having to hire an attorney to insure his rights weren’t violated

  4. Why did it take a “productive conversation” with his lawyer and three weeks to come to the conclusion that no crime was committed. It would have bee apparent to the booking Sgt, let alone everyone else involved. Why?

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