'New York Post' decision to run image of man's last moments is disgusting
On Monday, a horrific crime was all over the news here in New York City, as a 58-year-old dad lost his life when he was pushed onto the subway tracks in a midtown train station. The victim, Ki-Suk Han, had just had an argument on the train platform with the accused pusher, 30-year-old Naeem Davis (who was arrested last night after reportedly confessing), when he was thrown into the path of the oncoming train. Han was rushed to the hospital, but sadly died on Tuesday from the injuries sustained when the train hit him.
But this story only got worse, when I came across the cover of the New York Post the day after Han's death. I was beyond disgusted when I saw a picture of Han's last minutes of life on their cover yesterday, right before he was crushed to death by an oncoming Q train. The cover line simply said "DOOMED: Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die." I honestly had no words when I saw this. But I have some today….
To be pushed onto the path of an oncoming subway train is the most horrific of nightmares that any New Yorker, I think, has to deal with. I know it's mine. Ever since I went inside a subway station in Queens for the first time when I arrived in the U.S. when I was 7 years old, I have always been terrified beyond words of those tracks and the electrified third rail. Which is why the Post's decision to run this picture is not only irresponsible, it's insensitive, it's disgusting, it's reprehensible. To want to profit from the last moments of life of a person, just because they had access to the pictures is horribly gruesome--I honestly have words in my mind for the editors that made that decision that I can't print right here.
Oh and the photographer? R. Umar Abbasi, who the Post says is a freelance photographer for them, according to the Huffington Post, claimed that he was firing off his flash to warn the train conductor. Okay, I'm sorry, but this picture DOES NOT look like an accidental photograph he just happened to take while he was heroically attempting to warn the conductor. This picture looks like a professional, composed shot by someone who was very deliberately trying to capture the moment. But WHY DID HE NOT HELP? Why didn't anyone help, for that matter? According to reports, Han was on the subway track a full minute--60 seconds!--and no one rushed to help.
C'mon New York Post, c'mon New Yorkers… how could this happen? It frightens me to think that during the time when we should be most willing to give and sacrifice, during the Holiday season, that no one moved a finger to help Mr. Han, not even that shameless photographer who thought about his own picture, his own monetary gain, instead of helping someone else. After last week's amazing news of the police officer who helped a homeless man made me proud to be a New Yorker, today I'm thoroughly ashamed.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family as they recover from this awful tragedy. I hope the confessed pusher Davis gets what he deserves.
Image via NY Post