Robert Stolarik, New York Times Photographer, Arrested After Alleged Assault By NYPD
Robert Stolarik, a freelance photographer for the New York Times, was arrested on Saturday night after an alleged assault by the NYPD.
The conflict arose when Stolarik was on the job covering stop and frisk, a practice that has been controversial for the NYPD. He was photographing a street fight in the Bronx, and an officer told him to stop.
He said that he showed his press credentials and continued to take pictures. Stolarik alleged that another officer then approached and “slammed” his camera into his face. According to his account to the Times, the officers “dragged him to the ground” and Stolarik was “kicked in the back,” resulting in “scrapes and bruises to his arms, legs and face.”