Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson says New York City Police Officer Michael Ackermann fabricated his rationale for arresting New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik, Russ Buettner reports.
Stolarik was on assignment, covering an arrest last August, when he was arrested; the police ordered him to stop. They handcuffed Stolarik, who said they dragged him to the ground and kicked him in the back. The police said Stolarik hit an officer in the face with his camera and “violently resisted being handcuffed.”
Ackermann claimed Stolarik “interfered with an arrest last year of a teenage girl by repeatedly discharging his camera’s flash in Officer Ackermann’s face,” Buettner writes.
But the officer’s account unraveled after the office of Robert T. Johnson, the Bronx district attorney, examined photographic evidence and determined that the photographer, Robert Stolarik, did not use a flash and did not have one on his camera at the time.
Ackermann was charged with three felony and five misdemeanor counts of misconduct and filing false records.
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