OH8: Citizen’s warning of sobriety checkpoints in Parma, Ohio was protected speech and not obstruction of governmental business

Defendant’s actions of having a sign and warning people of a sobriety checkpoint did not amount to obstruction of official business, so his arrest was unjustified. Ohio practice requires the police to warn of sobriety checkpoints, too. City of Parma v. Odolecki, 2017-Ohio-2979, 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 2008 (8th Dist. May 25, 2017).*

The officer here was on foot patrol and he heard a gunshot and then defendant appeared in front of him on foot. The officer drew his weapon and told defendant to get on the ground, and he didn’t. Defendant fled, and his flight justified a frisk when he was captured. State v. Wheeler, 2017-Ohio-4013, 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 2064 (2d Dist. May 26, 2017).*

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