This photo almost got The Stranger's Dominic Holden arrested.
Dominic was riding his bike downtown when he saw some police activity — okay, that’s a weak description, because it was six officers surrounding a seated man of color — on 4th Avenue. Being a competent reporter, he snapped a picture with his phone. Sargent Patrick K.C. Saulet threatened to arrest him unless he left the block. The. Entire. Block.
After asking, without any threat of violence, why he might get arrested for standing on the sidewalk and taking a photo, another officer threatened to come to The Stranger offices and bother him while he was at work. (See, here’s the problem with that: police are expected to work with the general public. Like, it’s kind of half the job.)
This is why we have trouble trusting the police force sometimes, y’all. Here at the Ish, we recognize that being a police officer is a noble profession with a high risk of injury and death. But this is ridiculous.
Also, perspective o’clock: this is what happened to a white passerby during pretty much a non-incident. It gets so much worse.