Illinois has suspended a license to sell fish and caught in a controversial video posted on YouTube shows an officer fatally shooting a fish vendor who was selling illegally caught fish.
A man named William Odom was shot by a Springfield police officer as he was selling fish in a backyard near the intersection of West Jefferson Street and East Lake Street in a suburb of Chicago on Thursday, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
The video was posted on June 15, the same day a Cook County jury convicted a Cook police officer of first-degree murder in the death of Sylville Smith, a man killed by a police officer after an arrest for selling stolen goods.
In the video, which was posted to YouTube on June 14, the officer can be heard saying, “Put the fish in the bag.
You can’t get it in the trash,” according to court documents.
The officer also tells the vendor that the fish will cost $5 and tells him that it’s a “bad deal,” the affidavit said.
The vendor is heard saying that he has no idea why he was arrested and the officer tells him, “I’m going to tell you why,” according the affidavit.
Odom said he had never heard of such a thing, but when asked why he bought the fish, he told the officer, “because it’s fish,” the video showed.
He was charged with possession of an illegal fish, possession of a stolen property, possession with intent to sell, and selling fish that are illegal, the affidavit stated.
O’Donovan said he has been involved in fishing for decades, and had not been arrested before, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
He did not immediately return a message seeking comment.