“Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die.”
(aMyth) The New York Post got a lot criticism after it published a front-page, sensationalized photo of a man, pushed onto the subway tracks in Midtown on Monday December 3rd, 2012, trying to climb to safety before being fatally struck by an oncoming train.
Ki Suk Han, a 58-year-old from Queens, N.Y., was hurled from the 49th Street station platform onto the tracks by “a deranged man” just after noon. Han was attempting to calm the man, apparently a panhandler, when a scuffle broke out, police say. The man then pushed him onto the tracks.
Witnesses told police the man had been harassing people on the platform. ”At least one witness felt that the aggressor was emotionally disturbed,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told The New York Times. “Onlookers screamed, shouted and frantically waved their hands and bags in a bid to get the downtown Q train to stop,” according to the Post.
30-year-old Naeem Davis was taken into custody on Tuesday after investigators saw him (or a man fitting his description) on a security video near street vendors near Rockefeller Center. On Wednesday, he was arrested on a charge of murder.
Umar Abbasi, a freelance Post photographer, was among those waiting on the platform wehn he took the picture. He said he tried to alert the train’s conductor with his camera. ”I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash,” Abbasi told the tabloid. Abbasi did manage to snap the photo that the Post later put on its cover.
“People were shouting and yelling when it happened,” Dr. Laura Kaplan, another witness, said. “But then people ran the other way.”