Michael Ackermann, a 30-year-old New York City cop who had arrested a New York Times photographer, has been charged with three felonies and five misdemeanors for fabricating reasons for the arrest. The Times reports that Ackermann arrested Robert Stolarik last year, claiming that Stolarik’s flash had interfered with another arrest of a teenage girl. The only problem? Stolarik’s camera wasn’t even equipped with a flash at the time.
Stolarik, who has shot assignments for the Times for over 10 years, was taking pictures of the arrest when a cop told him to stop. Stolarik identified himself as a member of the press and kept snapping away. Then things turned ugly. Stolarik said that one officer grabbed his camera and smashed it into his face. When Stolarik asked for their badge numbers, he was thrown to the ground and arrested.
An investigation into Stolarik’s arrest by Robert Johnson, the Bronx district attorney, revealed the truth behind the incident. If Ackermann is convicted, he could face up to seven years in jail and lose his job.
We applaud Johnson’s work, but something tells us that Ackermann will never see the inside of a cell.
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