The New York Post’s front page this morning is catching a lot of criticism. The picture was captured by freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi, as he happened to see 58-year-old Queens resident Ki Suk Han be pushed onto the Q train tracks at the 49th street station. Suk Han was hit by the train, and later pronounced dead at the hospital. His attacker is still on the run from cops.
According to many, the Post never should’ve published the grim photo. “Sickening rubber-necking front page from the New York Post,” tweeted The Guardian’s sports editor, Ian Prior. “Imagine how this man’s family feels.” Charles Ornstein, a senior reporter at ProPublica, commented that the cover was “over the line.” Ethan Klapper, social media editor for The Huffington Post, tweeted that the picture was “too gruesome for A1.“
Abbasi said that he was able to get the picture because he was running toward the train, trying to warn the conductor with his camera’s flash.
We’ve reached out to the Post for comment on the photo, and will update when we hear back.