New York Cop Actually Charged With Lying

08/27/2013 11:26 AM |

Robert Stolarik New York Times photographer
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Police officers in NYC are caught lying not infrequently, but rarely are they held accountable: district attorneys are hesitant to call out cops for perjury or truth-fudging form-filing because they don’t want to jeopardize their office’s relationships with the department, or just because it seems like more trouble than it’s worth. But sometimes you can’t just turn a blind eye—like, say, when a cop roughs up and arrests a Times photographer for taking pictures of a news event, and then flat out lies about why.

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Michael Ackermann (ironically the name of a fine-art photographer) has been indicted on three felonies and five misdemeanors—charges of falsifying business records, tampering with official records, official misconduct, and more!—after he arrested New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik last year and lied about the reasons why, the Times reports. Stolarik was in the Bronx last summer when he began taking pictures of a street fight; as he photographed a woman being arrested, a cop told him to stop. “Another officer grabbed his camera and slammed it into his face,” the paper reports. “As he asked for their badge numbers, the officers took his cameras and pulled him to the ground.” The charges against Stolarik were dismissed.

Those against Ackermann, however, have not been. He claimed Stolarik interfered with the arrest by repeatedly using a flash in the officer’s face, but the district attorney determined not only did Stolarik not use a flash—he didn’t even have one that night. Heck, he doesn’t even own one, Gothamist reports. “If convicted on the top count,” the Times reports, “he faces up to seven years in prison and could lose his job.” Could lose his job! That sounds reasonable and fair.

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One Comment

  • robert is a good shooter….and a solid honest guy….this happens to ny shooters everyday without anyone standing up…..it helps to have the ny times behind you..this is why a cop always asks who you work for before he rolls you ….they think twice if there are lawyers in the background somewhere…i think both cops and journalists should wear cameras….if there good enough for nfl replay ,there good enough for me….what do honest people have to hide?