Street protester choked by officer claims excessive force, false arrest. Michigan does not have a stop and ID law despite what the deputy states in the video. The deputy is clearly lying to the protester and arrests him in the end, because people don't like him protesting on a public sidewalk. This deputy needs to be fired.

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Here’s a ton of publicly available information missing from this story:

Shaun Carpenter, a Manistee County man, was arrested while protesting on a Manistee public sidewalk in 2017.

According to Jonathan R. Marko, a civil rights attorney at Ernst & Marko Law -

"The incident took place while Shaun Carpenter was exercising his constitutional right to peacefully protest and was picketing various government actions on a public sidewalk. As Mr. Carpenter was exercising his right to speak freely and protest, he was approached by Manistee County Sheriff Deputy Fitch who told Mr. Carpenter that he was not allowed to exercise his free speech if anyone complained. Deputy Fitch told Mr. Carpenter and told him that if someone did not like what Mr. Carpenter was saying then he was violating the law.

Mr. Carpenter knew he had done nothing wrong and informed Deputy Fitch of the same. Deputy Fitch, angry that he had no authority to silence Mr. Carpenter's constitutionally protected speech, demanded Mr. Carpenter's name and identification. Mr. Carpenter explained to the police officer that he would not give his name and was not required by law to give his name since he had violated no laws and was not suspected of violating any laws. Deputy Fitch then lied to Mr. Carpenter and told him he was required by law to identify himself and that he would be arrested if he refused. Mr. Carpenter continued to protect his freedoms and refused to give the Deputy his ID.

Enraged, Deputy Fitch slammed Mr. Carpenter into a wall, started rifling through his backpack, and pinned him against the wall by his throat. Deputy Fitch then spun Mr. Carpenter around and, in an action movie-like display, kicked in Mr. Carpenter's knee and took him to the ground. Although Mr. Carpenter never once resisted, Deputy Fitch kicked Mr. Carpenter so hard that he fractured and cracked Mr. Carpenter's tibia."