PROTECTING AND SERVING  5:00 pm August 7, 2012

NYPD Has Very Good Reason For Beating Up New York Times Photog: [...]

by Kris E. Benson

NYPD protecting and servingSo! What has New York’s Finest been up to lately? Turns out—quite a lot! We learned a few days ago that the NYPD will be rolling out an all-seeing “Domain Awareness System” sometime this week, which sounds like it would sure keep them busy. But the NYPD is apparently masterful at multitasking, because they have still managed to find time to  arrest and possibly beat up a New York Times photographer while he was on assignment in the Bronx.

A freelance photographer for The New York Times was arrested on Saturday night while on assignment with two reporters who were conducting street interviews in the Bronx.

The photographer, Robert 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.

Don’t worry though, we’re sure that there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for all of this, and that none of it is the NYPD’s fault. Perhaps he accidentally smashed his camera into his OWN face, handed it to the police officers, and then fell on the ground?

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.

See? The first part went down sort of like we thought, except he accidentally smashed the camera into someone else’s face instead of his own.

The police said that Mr. Stolarik then “violently resisted being handcuffed” and that, in the process, a second officer was cut on the hand. A video of the episode taken by one of the reporters who was with Mr. Stolarik shows Mr. Stolarik face down on the sidewalk, beneath a huddle of about six officers. [...]

George Freeman, a lawyer for The Times, said the episode was “especially distressing” because the newspaper had been working with the Police Department since the Occupy Wall Street protests last fall, in which some journalists were denied access to certain areas or were arrested, to find ways to prevent the police from interfering with journalists in the course of their work.

What is so “distressing,” exactly? It sounds totally reasonable that a 43-year-old career photographer ran his own face into his camera, or possibly ran someone else’s face into his camera (this part is fuzzy) and then “violently resisted being handcuffed” to the point that he required six officers to take him down. Not sure what the problem is there. Also, why would you even NEED a photographer from the New York Times when the NYPD has cameras everywhere anyway?

[The New York Times]

 
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One_who_wanders August 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Cause ramming a cop in the face with a camera sounds like something an experienced photographer would do. . . .

sullivanst August 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Yeah, nothing improves a photo like a massive smudge of sweaty cop face-grease on the lens.

One_who_wanders August 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

It's how you get those artsy-fartsy Pulitzer winning shots.

smokefilledmeltdown August 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

The powdered sugar can add a 'frost' effect.

Callyson August 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

That's twice in one week for NYPD to get coverage in Wonkette for some crap. LAPD must be very jealous…

DahBoner August 8, 2012 at 9:06 am

They've changed their name to "LA Rodney King PD, in yo face bitches"

SorosBot August 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

And I wonder why the hippies back in ancient times used to call the cops "pigs".

GeorgiaBurning August 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

That was also back when the average cop weighed less than 250 lbs, in the era before Krispy Kremes

StarsUponThars August 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

"Goddam swine … " — Hunter S. Thompson

MittBorg August 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

A generation of ' em

GhostBuggy August 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm

And did those feet in ancient time
Stomp upon photog head and spleen?

AncienReggie August 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Funny story: The only time i ever actually got seriously beat on by a cop was when i said to him, "And cops wonder why people call them pigs." This, while Officer Muskie was kneeling on my back for handcuffing goodness. He did roll me over for the festivities, though, I'll say that for him. He was too good a man to punch me repeatedly in the face while my back was to him.

On the other hand, I did learn my lesson. Never sassed another cop.

MittBorg August 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Could you possibly be a person of pale hue? Because I wasn't sayin' nothin' when that mo'fucker called out a fucking Black Maria on me and threw me in the hoosegow after putting on a set of manacles that were WAY too tight. The fact that they subsequently dropped all charges did kind of tend to vindicate me, but them white cops sure do not like Teh Brownz.

AncienReggie August 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

White as rice.

Negropolis August 8, 2012 at 1:48 am

Basmati libel!

CommieLibunatic August 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I've heard it said that those gallant knights of the medieval times we've so romanticized shared more in common with Tony Soprano than anyone else. Makes me wonder how the scum that calls itself the NYPD will be remembered.

Jus_Wonderin August 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Olivia Benson wouldn't have done this. And damn that fact because I want her to woman handle me.

widestanceromance August 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Stabler can shove anything he wants in my face.

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Too bad she only wrestles sick perverts to the ground …

Jus_Wonderin August 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

If only she had that sixth sense of Counselor Troi…………..but I am mixing up franchises……..now.

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

We should start a Detective Olivia Benson fan club.

Jus_Wonderin August 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I say Yes. Wait!

She's mine. She's mine. She's mine.

Chet Kincaid_ August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

"Give it up, Perp!!" Tutuola barks. But Benson raises her hand. "Let me have a little time alone with this one, Fin…"

Negropolis August 8, 2012 at 1:49 am

Sweet, sweet Marishka…

veence69 August 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Sooner than later, 6 asshole cops are going to find out that 40 angry citizens have had enough and no longer give a shit about their "badges". Until then, I guess keep poking the sleeping, rapid wolverine, little piggies..

CrunchyKnee August 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

That will be as beautiful as a rock in a cops face.

Chet Kincaid_ August 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Fuck yeah! Occupy should order kevlar and assault weapons on Amazon!!

GhostBuggy August 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

It's what a freedom-loving patriot would do, as we have been constantly reminded of late.

Jukesgrrl August 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm

They're so dumb they just ask for blankets and pizza. And they want to run the world. Commie Buddhists!

Butch_Wagstaff August 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Bloomberg sure didn't help when he let it slip that he thinks the NYPD is his personal army.

Negropolis August 8, 2012 at 1:50 am

With votes, of course.

Agent provocateur, much?

Schmannnity August 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

At least he didn't get a Louima enema.

coolhandnuke August 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

New York's finest was just politely trying to inform the photojournalist he was using the wrong f-stop and shutter speed. Then the arrogant photographer went all pappanazi on them.

Mahousu August 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Stolarik just has to invite the officers over for a beer and a little chat, and then everything will be all right.

Negropolis August 8, 2012 at 1:51 am

I still get burned up about the "beer summit." On a personal level, it was one of the times I was most disappointed with the president.

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

The NYPD truly is America's finest municiple paramilitary organization.

sullivanst August 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm

LAPD just wishes they had a Mayor with a Napoleon complex.

Butch_Wagstaff August 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm

LAPD really has fallen behind, haven't they?

Negropolis August 8, 2012 at 1:53 am

Well, Tony V is pretty tiny, so there is always chance for one to develop. Are you going to take this sitting down, LA, or in the case of a little mayor, standing up?

An_Outhouse August 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

grabbed his camera and “slammed” it into his face

Ouch, that smarts.

Beowoof August 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Nothing cheers up the cops like being photographed handing out those beatings that they used to be able to claim didn't happen and any bruises were just the result of a fall by the clumsy perp.

sati_demise August 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

particularly when beating a teenage girl. now that is a fun time no cop would want interrupted by a photographer!

SayItWithWookies August 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I think the NYPD are under orders to beat up anyone who's about to scoop Bloomberg's publications.

widestanceromance August 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Is this someone's idea of community outreach?

YasserArraFeck August 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

as in, reach out and smack someone

UnholyMoses August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Yes.

Unfortunately, that "someone" is Stalin.

weejee August 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Lens libel.

mrpuma2u August 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

That stupid photog is taking away the police's gawd given right (and by gawd I mean Bloomersburgermeister) to kick the shit out of dirty hippies and socialist dregs of society, not to mention the brownz etc.. so no wonder they gave him what for. He should happy they didn't tase him.

ph7 August 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

"Resisting Arrest" – the favorite tool of cops and prosecutors. Cops use it to excuse any beat down, and prosecutors use it to add another crime on top of the arresting offense, so the defendant will admit guilt to the arresting offense in exchange for dropping the resisting arrest charge, which is a felony assault.

Negropolis August 8, 2012 at 1:56 am

The other all-encompassing "crime" is disturbing the peace. They really love that one, and "interfering with an investigation" is another tool they love to abuse.

Billmatic August 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

America is the freest country in the whole wide world! Totally unlike Russia omg you know they like kill journalists over there instead of intimidating them, assaulting them and criticizing their every move so that they're completely neutered and cowardly and thusly allow falsehoods in their reports and broadcasts as "a different point of view."

SorosBot August 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I liked the boys of the NYPD better when they were singing Galway Bay, as the bells were ringing out for Christmas day.

sullivanst August 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

You scumbag, you maggot.

BTW, wikipedia drolly notes:

Twice MacGowan and MacColl sing, "The boys of the NYPD choir still singing "Galway Bay". The New York Police Department (NYPD) does not have a choir, but it does have a Pipes and Drums unit that is featured in the video for the song. The NYPD Pipes and Drums did not know "Galway Bay" and so played a different song for the music video, and the editor put it in slow motion to fit the beat.

YasserArraFeck August 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Shane McGowan's one tooth-libel!!

Andrew Drinker August 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

RIP Kirsty MacColl :-(

fuflans August 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

well, the second amendment is more important than the first.

duh.

Jukesgrrl August 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Yeah, it's a bigger number.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Protip: the cops count in mod 13.

Negropolis August 8, 2012 at 1:58 am

Then they should really respect the Fourth. (they don't)

Callyson August 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Where is Glenn "It’s too bad he didn’t have a gun" Reynolds now?

UnholyMoses August 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Your move, Oakland PD …

coolhandnuke August 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

The camera does add ten pounds of brutality.

Joshua Norton August 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Perhaps he accidentally smashed his camera into his OWN face, handed it to the police officers, and then fell on the ground?

Yeah. I know I hate it when that happens to me. So embarassing.

UnholyMoses August 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I am sssoooooo glad we have thousands of service members fighting overseas to protect freedom of the press religion speech peaceably assemble redress of grievances defense contractors and oil companies to make huge profits.

USA! USA! USA!

SorosBot August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

And our freedom to own our personal machine guns!

Generation[redacted] August 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Yes, if we hadn't invaded Iraq imagine how less free we would be.

Pithaughn August 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Imperialists gots to imperial, I always say.

hagajim August 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

The cops were just worried that the pictures would make them look fat.

YasserArraFeck August 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Yup, the camera adds 10 pounds – that's a lot for a supermodel-svelte NY cop……

Extemporanus August 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Shoot first, ask "Why are you slamming me in the face with my camera?!" later.

thefrontpage August 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I bet those Excessive Force cops were all drinking 48-ounce 7-Eleven Big Gulps!!!

Fraudulently_Joe August 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

On the bright side, at least this reporter wasn't a deaf woman calling the police because she was being attacked, in her own home.

emmelemm August 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Yeah, that was truly shittastic.

And then we'll keep you in jail for 3 DAYS because we don't have a sign language interpreter!

unclejeems August 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

She was black. Deaf or not, what did you expect them to do? Jeesh.

Barrelhse August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Damn photographer was on bath salts or something.

YasserArraFeck August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

This is what happens when you run over a cops foot with your Nikon

sullivanst August 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Even worse than finding a stranger in the Alps.

viennawoods13 August 8, 2012 at 12:56 am

Ok, took me a sec, and then I remembered

thefrontpage August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

What would Mindy Meyer do in this case?

SigDeFlyinMonky August 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

The hell with digital! Duct tape a diving weight to a Speed Grafic. Second photog in the crowd with a second Speed Grafic, third photog with a Rollei 35. When NYPD's finest makes his move, photog 1 cold cocks him with the "loaded" press camera and all is recorded by photogs 2&3. WeeGee lives, photo provocateur!

Biel_ze_Bubba August 8, 2012 at 12:05 am

You need digital, because the cops are very skilled at the "accidentally-opening-the-back-of the-camera" move. (Part of police academy training, judging from the fact that they all know how to do it.)

Note: Modern police forces have largely upgraded to the "SD-card-must-have-fallen-out" routine.

sati_demise August 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

We know all these cops want is to spend some quality time with todays youth, whether they are boys or teen girls. No photographers should interfere with this fun time for youth: They love to say "stop resisting", it is part of the erotic game-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

zippy_w_pinhead August 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Waiting for the planted gun to surface in 5,4,3…

CommieLibunatic August 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Just what I'd expect from the police in the goddamn Bronx. Stop-and-frisks, beating photographers, stopping people for Walking While Black, and don't even get me started on Adrian Schoolcraft's revelations about quotas and what they do to their own.

…uh, I think I had a point, but it got lost in the rage. So I'll just go with Fuck the Police. If they're supposed to be the Finest of the the best department in the country, I shudder at the thought of how the rest score.

Negropolis August 8, 2012 at 2:00 am

I love the excuse of "well, it's working." I'm sure cutting of people's hands "works" to keep them from stealing, too. As if the only thing that should matter in a democratic nation is how effective something is.

MinAgain August 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Obviously, the camera was just asking for it.

DalePues August 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Don't professional phtgs carry an ankle piece, something like my 'lil sure shot canon?

Biel_ze_Bubba August 8, 2012 at 12:09 am

No match for the cop's 17-shot cannon.

Goonemeritus August 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

If the NYPD is hell bent on “tuning up” employees of the New
York Times I have a short list for them.

sullivanst August 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

It's almost enough to make one wish Bill Kristol still had a column there, isn't it?

Goonemeritus August 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm

For this I would consider him NYTemeritus.

ttommyunger August 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

NYPD HAS VERY GOOD REASON ….." Reason? We don' need no stinkin' reason!

Angry_Marmot August 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Alfonso Bedoya FTW.

HarryButtle August 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.*

*America makes no gurantee of said freedom. Freedom subject to limitations and immediate revocation for any reason whatsoever. Offer not valid in NYC.

Jukesgrrl August 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Cops just hate to end up on Facebook. Zuckerberg Capitalism is soooo against their principles.

glasspusher August 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I guess we do have one thing in common!

Jukesgrrl August 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm

If you dig far enough …

rocktonsam August 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm

the post 9/11 shine has worn off you guys.

glasspusher August 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Look, it wasn't no "cop",it was cops, plural, like 9 or 10 of 'em.- Billie Ray Valentine

joobajooba August 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I presume the photographer was shooting for this article, about police getting overly friendly with women at pat downs: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/nyregion/for-wo

mosjef August 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Generally, NYC police will first try to quell the disturbance by firing a warning shot into your head.

mocasdad August 8, 2012 at 12:01 am

One thing we know is that no one in the NYT power structure will stand up for their photographer.

valthemus August 8, 2012 at 1:29 am

Sounds like it's time to take this Strokes song off the shelf (the one marked "9/11").
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhgYg_ktRdE

Negropolis August 8, 2012 at 1:54 am

See what you made him do Robert? He didn't want to hit you, but you just made him so mad. He just loves the city and his job of "protecting and serving" that much. But, he promises he'll never hit you again. It was just an isolated one-offer, because police almost never abuse their authority.

Negropolis August 8, 2012 at 2:02 am

I love when Bloomberg bragged on 60 Minutes some months back about how his police force could shoot down a jet. Yeah, that is so much the spirit of this country, isn't it?

thetimchannel August 8, 2012 at 6:26 am

Imagine if they made a good quality video camera that was compact enough to escape obvious detection in instances like these? Something you could mount directly onto a lightweight helmet and capture hi frame rate HD video and audio. It might end up looking something like this; http://gopro.com/

Enjoy.

Me_K_Cong August 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

The cops seem kind of naive. It's only a matter of time until a reporter uses a handheld camera to attract the beating, and a body camera to record it. Some vibration sensors to record shocks might be a nice addition.

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