CLEVELAND, Ohio -– A Cleveland Municipal Court judge is getting tough on those creating graffiti.
Two men arrested on spray painting charges will be spending hundreds of hours this summer cleaning it up.
On Monday, Judge Pinkey Carr honored the wishes of community activists and ordered both 21-year-old Joseph Johnson and 21-year-old Alan Giberson to serve 1,000 hours of community service.
The two will work to clean up graffiti and will be working with David Reuse, a graffiti abatement coordinator with Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office.
Reuse said that normally, defendants in these type of situations are given 200 hours of community service. He said 1,000 hours will allow them to accomplish a lot more work.
“That’s eight hours a day for about four months, and that will help us cover up all of this graffiti,” Reuse said.
He said he believes it’s important to make the ones who are found to have caused the graffiti problem to help clean it up.
“It’s outrageous that people would come here and do this, “ Reuse said, adding that he believes people come to Cleveland to cause vandalism because he feels the city doesn’t always strongly enforce the law.
Neither Johnson nor Giberson made any comment on the sentence.
A third defendant, 29-year-old Jason Scholl, of Columbus, had his case continued Monday morning. He is expected back in court later this month.