Did the New York Post Go Too Far with This Horrifying Cover Today?

by 6 years ago

The backstory: Yesterday, 58-year-old Ki Suk Han found himself in a confrontation with an emotionally disturbed panhandler on the Times Square subway platform. The details of the exchange between the two are sketchy—one police source says Han was trying to protect the fellow passengers, another says he was actually the aggressor. Whatever the case, we do know that Han ended up being shoved by this guy

… Onto the subway tracks. It was there where he'd be hit by the Q train.

The New York Post handled the matter with its usual sensitivity, running that cover today after buying the photo from freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi. Why the hell was Abbasi taking a picture of Han instead of, you know, helping him up? He says he was actually trying to distract the train with his camera's flash. “I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash,” Abbasi said. “The most painful part was I could see him getting closer to the edge. He was getting so close. And people were running toward him and the train… I didn’t think about [the perp] until after. In that moment, I just wanted to warn the train — to try and save a life.”

Brutal stuff.

[H/T: Gothamist, HyperVocal]

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