NYPD Violently Arrest New York Times Photographer During Street Fight
(CARLOS MILLER) Robert Stolarik, the New York Times photographer who had a run-in with NYPD officers in December at an Occupy Wall Street protest, was arrested Sunday night while on assignment.
This time, the Times decided to write about it.
Stolarik was covering a brewing street fight when a New York City police officer slammed the camera into his face.
The Times said he was then dragged down and kicked in the back by several other officers.
Despite all that, police say he “violently resisted being handcuffed.”
Another journalist shot a video showing Stolarik face-down beneath several officers, but that has not been posted yet.
According to the New York Times:
Mr. Stolarik was taking photographs of the arrest of a teenage girl about 10:30 p.m., when a police officer instructed him to stop doing so. Mr. Stolarik said he identified himself as a journalist for The Times and continued taking pictures. A second officer appeared, grabbed his camera and “slammed” it into his face, he said.
Mr. Stolarik said he asked for the officers’ badge numbers, and the officers then took his cameras and dragged him to the ground; he said that he was kicked in the back and that he received scrapes and bruises to his arms, legs and face.
The Police Department said in a statement that officers had been trying to disperse the crowd and had given “numerous lawful orders” for both the crowd and Mr. Stolarik to move back, but that he tried to push forward, “inadvertently” striking an officer in the face with his camera.
The police said that Mr. Stolarik then “violently resisted being handcuffed” and that, in the process, a second officer was cut on the hand.
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