Palm Beach police officers acted like hired goons when they chased photographers from a public sidewalk who were trying to photograph Michael Jordan’s wedding over the weekend.

The officers were in full uniform but were working off-duty, meaning Jordan had paid the department close to $1,700 for six officers for four hours.

And that apparently convinced them they could threaten to arrest any citizen who dared tried to catch a glimpse of the celebrity wedding, even if it was from a tax-funded sidewalk.

Gossip columnist Jose Lambiet, never one to pull punches, tore into the department in his latest piece:

The allegiance of Palm Beach’s own police force seemed to turn away from locals and to former Chicago Bulls star Jordan, who was getting married to a Miami model named Yvette Prieto inside the famous church.

King Michael apparently needed to be saved from a few passersby and photographers.

So he hired off-duty, yet uniform-wearing, Palm Beach cops who, in turn, did not hesitate to violate other people’s rights, including freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and freedom of using public spaces without being asked what you’re doing there.

Press photographers, for example, were herded in a far corner of the intersection of South County and Barton Road under more threats of, you guessed it, arrest.

They were prevented from walking about to get better shots under the pretense that they were blocking passage.

Palm Beach Patch