Clarification: The still above shows Stolarik, the photographer who was arrested, but the video from which it was taken was recorded during another incident. We apologize for the misleading statement in the original version of this article.
Law enforcement and photographers have rarely seen eye-to-eye, and a good number of police officers are often unaware of the laws in place to protect photographers. On August 5, 2012, Robert Stolarik, a freelance photographer for the NYTimes, was arrested by police officer Michael Ackermann while out on assignment in the Bronx. He was photographing the arrest of a teenage girl when he was apprehended by several officers. He was subsequently arrested for “violently disobeying arrest”, disregarding “numerous lawful orders”, and using a flash in the officer’s face. Evidence from the incident now shows that those claims are untrue, and the officer in question has been found guilty of falsifying charges.