Two minutes later Brooklyn, Ohio police officer Ernie Arroyo arrived on the scene. As I began to explain the story leading up to Joe Atha preventing my egress from the parking lot, officer Arroyo began to question why I refused to show my receipt in the first place. I explained that I lawfully purchased the contents in the bag and didnâ€™t feel that it was necessary for me to let a Circuit City employee inspect the bag as I left. Officer Arroyo disagreed. He claimed that stores have the right to inspect all receipts and all bags upon leaving their store.
At this point Officer Arroyo asked to see my receipt and driverâ€™s license. I handed over the receipt, and stated that my name is Michael Righi. Again, Officer Arroyo asked to see my driverâ€™s license. The conversation went something like this:
Me: â€œIâ€™m required by law to state that my name is Michael Righi, but I do not have to provide you with my driverâ€™s license since I am not operating a vehicle.â€
Officer Arroyo: â€œGive me your driverâ€™s license or I will place you under arrest.â€
Me: â€œMy name is Michael Righi. I am not willing to provide you with my driverâ€™s license.â€
Officer Arroyo: â€œTurn around and up against the wall.â€
At this point I was placed in handcuffs, patted down, had my wallet removed from my back pocket and was placed in the back of Officer Arroyoâ€™s police car. My three siblings sat in the back of the Buick crying their eyes out, which is the only part of today that I regret. I wish my little brother and sisters didnâ€™t have to watch this, but I knew exactly what I was doing and was very careful with my words. Other than putting my family through a little scare I donâ€™t regret anything that happened today.