Diary of a Mad County

SATURDAY, JUNE 1: As his partner cites Matt Martinez for spitting on a public sidewalk near the site of an anarchist news conference over comrade Matt Lamont's incarceration, a Long Beach police officer motions to Weeklyphotographer Jack Gould (who shot the picture) to "step back and let me do my job." Of course, under the First Amendment of the Constitution, photojournalists are supposed to be allowed to do their jobs—or at least that's how it was in the pre-John Ashcroft days. Gould later approached the officer and explained he meant no disrespect, but that the credentials dangling around his neck clearly identified him as a member of the working press. The officer claimed he didn't see the credentials. Maybe he should clean those shades.


Photo by Jack Gould


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