An Ohio man was sentenced to 240 days in jail Thursday for 1st Amendment-related activities, including attempting to video record police in public.
A Cleveland Cop Block, Douglas Odolecki was straight away sentenced 240 days imprisonment right after the trial.
Douglas’ attorney John Gold is planning to appeal on his behalf with immediate effect.
“The judge far exceeded her authority today,” he said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime.
“It’s clear she had her mind made up to sentence Doug to the maximum sentence possible, but she actually went overboard.”
Unfortunately, it’s heartbreaking when you see law enforcement people getting away with the wrongs they do but turn to prosecute civilians with respect to the law.
It’s simply like; they abuse and molest civilians with their power every day.
It’s not surprising considering Parma Municipal Judge Deanna O’Donnell was accused by the ACLU in 2013 of running a “debtor’s” prison, one of several judges in the state who would spend hundreds of tax dollars to jail poor people for not paying fines of less than $100.
Odolecki, who was on trial for two incidents, was convicted of one count of misconduct at the scene of an emergency, two counts of obstruction of official business and one count of disorderly conduct.
Even though he was wrong with his actions, 240 days imprisonment far exceeds his wrongs and should be reconsidered.