New York Post draws criticism for cover photo of man seconds before death at train station

By Daniel S Levine,

The New York Post’s Tuesday cover was far more controversial than its usual shock headlines, since it showed a man just seconds before he was killed by a subway train after falling from the platform.

According to CNN, freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi caught the image just before 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han fell onto the Times Square platform and was hit by a train. The man died at New York Hospital and had a wife and child.

Abbasi has been criticized by many on Twitter who want to know why he couldn’t help. Others wanted to know why the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper ran the photo on the cover.

The cover’s headline reads, “Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die” with “DOOMED” in large letters on the bottom.

Local ABC producer Micah Grimes tweeted, “HOW ABOUT HELP THE GUY OUT!?” reports The Wrap.

“I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash,” Abbasi told the Post. “In that moment, I just wanted to warn the train -- to try and save a life.”

USA Today reports that police are investigating Han’s death, trying to find who pushed him. Detective Martin Speechley has confirmed that police do have a “person of interest being questioned at the precinct.”

image: The New York Post



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