The cover photo to Tuesday’s New York Post– showing the eerie moment before a man was fatally struck by a train– has angered readers and left a few sick to their stomachs.
Ki-Suck Han, 58, was shoved onto the tracks of an oncoming train by “a deranged man” on a Times Square subway platform Monday afternoon. As the Queens resident scrambled to climb back up, onlookers watched in horror as the downtown Q train quickly approached and struck the helpless man.
30-year-old Naeem Davis was taken into custody on Tuesday after investigators recovered security video that showed a man fitting his description working with street vendors near Rockefeller Center. On Wednesday, he was arrested on a charge of murder.
The unsettling front page photo was accompanied by a headline that read, “Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die. DOOMED.”
R. Umar Abbasi, the freelance photographer responsible for the shot, said he attempted to warn the train’s operator by firing off the camera’s flash, multiple times.
“I just stated running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash,” he recalled. The Post reports that while the train slowed, Han had already been hit. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“The @nypost has to be kidding me with that picture. Couldn’t be more classless. That guy has a family who has to see that. Disgusting,” wrote one commenter.
Another stated, “What’s worse, that the NY Post put an image of a man’s last seconds on its front page, or that we now all remember how awful that rag is?”
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