John Downs Held In Jail

John Downs

Taking This Picture Got Me Arrested

My left cheek is against the cold sidewalk. My chin is burning after being scraped along the concrete. A knee is digging into my back. My right arm is pinned under my chest. With firm direction, the officer tells me to, "Stop resisting!" -- as if I have any choice regarding my limb's position. I know exactly how to conduct myself, having witnessed it so many times before. How the hell did I end up in jail? A radio reporter for 11 years in Toronto -- no stranger to covering police news -- I had suddenly become the story.