August 26, 2013
TRUTH IS THE FIRST CASUALTY IN THE WAR AGAINST PHOTOGRAPHY:
A police officer who arrested a New York Times freelance photographer last August was indicted on charges he falsified records about the incident, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said Monday.
Officer Michael Ackermann, 30, who works out of the 44th Precinct, wrote in his report that shooter Robert Stolarik obstructed government administration when he repeatedly fired his flash in the officer’s face while he was making an unrelated arrest, according to the DA’s office.
Witnesses told investigators there was no flash attached to Stolarik’s camera, prosecutors said, adding that investigators also analyzed the photos taken during the arrest and determined no flash was used.
Stolarik, who has worked for The Times for more than a decade, was photographing the arrest of a teenage girl at McClellan Street and Sheridan Avenue about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, The Times reported on Aug. 5, 2012.
An officer reportedly ordered Stolarik to stop taking photographs of the arrest. He then identified himself as a Times photographer and continued shooting, according to the story.
A second officer then appeared, grabbed his camera and “slammed” it into his face, The Times reported.
Stolarik was then reportedly dragged to the ground and arrested.
Of course, he’d have the same rights if he were just an ordinary citizen, and not a Times employee.