Monday, August 6th, 2012

Photographer Robert Stolarik Roughed Up for Second Time in a Year by NYPD

It was just last December when photographer Robert Stolarik was shoved around while on assignment for the Times, at an Occupy Wall Street protest. This weekend, the NYPD got him even harder, arresting him for shooting in the Bronx, and keeping him most of Saturday night, until he got to go to a hospital in the early morning for x-rays. It's always instructive when a journalist gets arrested, because we don't usually get to hear about how cops treat people on the street. In this case, we get a particularly huge pile-up of NYPD lies: he allegedly hit an officer in the face with his camera and then "violently resisted being handcuffed." Oh did he now.

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hershmire (#233,671)

When will we be rid of this scourge of newspaper photographers roaming the streets and terrorizing our policemen?!

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

Yet another shooting in the Bronx.

Not mentioned in this piece is that Mr Stolarik is one of the best, most stoic, most professional shooters on the street. And that he is built like a (super-intelligent) Mack truck.

brianvan (#149)

It's terribly frustrating to think that there's just no way to assign police accountability in these too-frequent situations. This is the culture of the NYPD, and we pay them to essentially abuse us (often on behalf of special interests) with no recourse.

What's the solution here? Is anyone even daring to make this part of their platform in the next mayoral election? Or is Ray Kelly too much of a rock star, in the minds of the uninformed outer-borough public, for anyone to challenge him in the press?

@brianvan : "Soft on crime" is a hell of an electioneering epithet.

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