Do you: a.) help him get up. Or,
b.) Quick grab your camera so you can take pictures of him as he dies.?
Hint: You happen to be a photographer for the New York Post
The front page of the New York Post this morning shows a man who was pushed in the path of a train at a Times Square subway station yesterday. The man died.
The Post just happened to have a photographer at the same subway stop at the exact moment when the man — identified as 58-year-old Ki Suk Han, a Queens father and husband — was pushed to his death.
The photog, Umar Abbasi, opted to help Suk Han escape a certain death in a rather unconventional way: by snapping photos as the train was barreling down on him.
Attempts to reach Abbasi for an explanation were unsuccessful, and the Post didn’t immediately respond to our request for comment (we’ll let you know if we hear back). But the paper offers the following (ahem) explanation of Abbasi’s decision to snap photos rather than drop his camera and help lift Han from the tracks in its article published this morning:
Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi — who had been waiting on the platform of the 49th Street station — ran toward the train, repeatedly firing off his flash to warn the operator.
“I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash,” said Abbasi, whose camera captured chilling shots of Suk’s tragic fight for his life.
The train slowed, but a dazed and bruised Han still wound up hopelessly caught between it and the platform as it came to a halt.
A shaken Abbasi said the train “crushed him like a rag doll.”
As you can see in the Post cover above [High Def Pic Here], that’s a pretty clear photo for one snapped by someone who supposedly was running frantically to capture the attention of the conductor.
Regardless, the man who pushed Suk Han got away and has not been taken into custody as of this writing. He’s seen in the photo below.
Just an underground version of the knockout game. Right bro?
More From The Daily Mail – A passenger who witnessed a man being crushed by a subway train today spoke of his anger at the failure of 18 people on the platform to save him – including the photographer who had time to take chilling pictures of his final moments.
Patrick Gomez, who admitted that he also ‘froze’ at the scene, said it was a ‘real shame’ that no-one had the courage to ‘step up’ and attempt to rescue Ki Suk Han, 58, after he was pushed onto the line at the New York subway station yesterday afternoon.
Gomez, 37, said: ‘People who were on the platform could have pulled him up but they didn’t have the courage. They just didn’t react like that.’
And he reserved his strongest criticism for photographer R. Umar Abbasi, who shot the chilling photograph of Mr Han watching as the subway train barreled towards him in the final moments.
The image appeared on the front page of the New York Post this morning with the headline ‘Doomed’. The 58-year-old can be seen looking at the train with his arms outstretched he tries to heave himself out of its path.
Mr Gomez spoke for millions who expressed their outrage today at the commuters on the Times Square platform who witnessed the man being pushed in front of the train but did not try to pull him to safety.