Thank you for bringing to our attention the case of the Akron police officer seizing a privately-owned video camera that recorded a police arrest incident (Feb. 21).
I am dismayed at the light punishment given officer Don Schismenos for this violation of the citizen's First Amendment rights. That camera is sacred. That is the U.S. Constitution. What if it had been a news camera that he had seized?
To merely be suspended from the police force for 45 days is not nearly sufficient punishment for this egregious violation of civil rights.
Officer Don Schismenos has abused the Constitution and two articles of the Bill of Rights: the First Amendment (free speech) the Fourth Amendment (against unreasonable searches and seizures).
Where are our highly paid prosecutors and congressional representatives on this matter? None of them have stepped forward with a plan of action. Are they all too complacent with their Cadillac salaries and pensions? The public deserves to be protected against people like Schismenos. Let's make an example of him!
Carl R. Goodwin II