If you can’t show a driver’s license to prove it, apparently it’s OK for the cops to arrest you. This story has raced around the internets, and based on his own description it sounds like this guy may have been primed for a fight anyhow. But that doesn’t excuse the actions of the police in this case, who have apparently exceeded their authority under Ohio and US law.
I think it’s interesting that people are willing to donate money to Mr. Righi so that he can, by proxy, assert the right to refuse to provide proof of identification upon demand. I’m not a lawyer yet, but my initial read would be, this is a case that Mr. Righi’s attorney will take on contingency, because Circuit City’s employees have committed at least one tort against him (possibly assault, hand on the car = battery, or standing in front of the vehicle = false imprisonment), and the police have perpetrated a wrongful arrest.
CC and the Ohio PD in question should seek to settle this case and hush it up as fast as they can, before it turns into even more of a PR disaster than it already is. And if I were Mr. Righi, I would make sure that this costs them both a lot of money.