Video of Credentialed Photog Barred by NYPD From Getting Shots of OWS Arrests This Morning [Update]


The video above is from Occupy Wall Street’s Goldman Sachs protest at the World Financial Center this morning, where 17 people were arrested. Watch starting at around the 2:00 mark. The photographer, who’s been identified as New York Times freelancer Robert Stolarik, is blocked repeatedly from getting photos of arrests happening in the atrium by cops, even though he has a press badge.

Gothamist notes that Stolarik is one of the few members of the press that got inside Zuccotti Park during the raid.

We’ve put in a call to Stolarik and will update if we hear back from him. It’s business as usual at this point to see NYPD barring press from doing their jobs at OWS protests, even if Bloomberg continues to deny it.

Update 3:56 p.m. Just got off the phone with Robert Stolarik, who said that his press pass was visible throughout the exchange and that he identified himself to the officers. “It was clearly visible and he was very aware,” he said. “That guy clearly didn’t follow the departmental directive from Kelly.”

[via @Newyorkist]