In 2004, photographer Mark Burdett was shooting a protest rally against the Iraq War on Market Street, when police, mistakenly thinking he had knocked over a motorcycle, forced him down and broke his thumb while making an arrest.

Burdett sued the police for false arrest, at which point they accused him of jaywalking during the incident. Last year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling to dismiss his claim.

Last night, Colbert got a hold of the story and had his way with it:


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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