Robert Stolarik, a freelance photographer for The New York Times, is claiming that he was assaulted by NYPD last night while on assignment in the Bronx. While snapping pictures of an arrest of a teen girl, Stolarik claims that a cop asked him to stop, so Stolarik identified himself as a Times photographer. According to the Times, that’s when things went wrong:
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 NYPD, of course, says this was all Stolarik’s fault. They claim that he moved forward when asked to move back and “violently resisted being handcuffed.”
Judging by the history between the NYPD and the city’s press, you can probably figure out who we believe.