Matt has now written about his "experience" here in the Progressive Magazine, of course. He relates how he was interviewing people and taking pictures he noted that a member of the Raging Grannies was being arrested and went to take photos:
I was hoping to get a picture of Block as she entered the elevator, the kind of picture that has been taken many times in the last couple of weeks.
But the police officers said to stand back. I said I was a journalist, the editor of The Progressive magazine.
“You can’t be here,” they said.
“I’m with the press,” I said. “I have a right to be here.”
Whereupon, without a warning that I’d be arrested, Officer S. B. Mael grabbed my hands and put them behind my back, cuffed them, and said, “Obstruction.”
“That’s ridiculous,” Block said, as she was put in the elevator.
“This is getting absurd, guys,” I said to the officers, who refused to engage with me.
They took me to the basement of the capitol, frisked me, and put me in a chair.
Block, who was then sitting nearby, said, “It’s pleasure to be arrested with you.”
Hey, Capitol Police! You seem to be missing your brown shirts.
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