The New York Post went with an intense front page photograph for their Tuesday morning cover story on the Queens father who was pushed onto the tracks of a Times Square subway platform , after trying to stop a "crazed" panhandler from harassing subway riders. He was hit by a train seconds later and pronounced DOA at the hospital.
Captioned with the words "Doomed" and "This man is about to die," the image begs the question, why didn't the photographer help Han? And many social media users wondered the same:
Shame on you if you'd rather take pics of a man about to die, than help that man about to die. bit.ly/TzSczC— Sarah Kogod (@SarahKogod) December 4, 2012
The NY Post cover today crosses the line, IMHO. A pic of a man pushed onto a subway track right before he is struck and killed. Grim.— Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) December 4, 2012
Absolutely disturbing cover of the NY Post today, especially with that sensationalized caption--upsetting me the more I think about it— Amrita (@the_sweetart) December 4, 2012
That NY POST cover today is just so wrong.— Nelson Branco (@nelliebranco) December 4, 2012
The photo, which captures Ki Suk Han, 58, hanging from the edge of the platform and looking toward the oncoming train, was taken by the Post's freelance photographer R. Umar Abbassi, who explained that he had tried to use his camera flash to warn the train 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.”
The NYPD department also released short surveillance footage of the altercation between Han and the unidentified man who pushed him [Via Gothamist].