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An NYPD officer faces serious charges for lying about the arrest of a photojournalist.

I’m afraid I’m getting sick. I was making excuses for it till this afternoon when I had that dreaded moment where you realize it’s not just allergies or being tired, but you are actually running a fever. Yuck. Time for lots of fluids, vitamin C, and rest.

An NYPD officer faces serious charges for lying about the arrest of a photojournalist during Occupy Wall Street protests. From Gothamist:

An NYPD officer has been charged with falsifying documents relating to the beating and arrest of New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik on a shoot in the Bronx last August. According to a release, Officer Michael Ackermann of the 44th precinct claimed that Stolarik repeatedly discharged his camera’s flash in Ackermann’s face while he was trying to arrest a 15-year-old girl, “blinding him and preventing him from performing his duties.” In fact, police later found that no flash was attached to Stolarik’s camera, and none had been used that night.

At the time, the NYPD also accused Stolarik, a photographer for the Times for more than ten years, of striking an officer in the face with his camera. Before his arrest, Stolarik says he was kicked in the back and head by several officers. His equipment and press credentials were confiscated, and he was charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. Both those charges have been dropped, and Stolarik’s credentials were eventually returned to him.

“As we’ve seen so many times in this narrative, very often the officer’s version is a work of fiction,” Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association tells us. “I think the officer in this case decided to get a little too creative with the flash business…Robert doesn’t even own a flash.”

And from the National Press Photographers Association:

An NYPD officer accused of roughing up and illegally arresting a New York Times photographer has been indicted on multiple charges stemming from an incident last August. Robert Stolarik, an NPPA member, was violently accosted and taken into custody while photographing Officer Michael Ackermann who was trying to arrest a teenage girl in the Bronx.

Officer Ackermann claimed Stolarik hindered police work by repeatedly aiming the flash of his camera at the officer’s face. That story crumbled under investigation by the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB). The Bronx district attorney also learned that Stolarik did not have a flash on his camera at the time of the incident, and concluded the officer’s story was a lie. Ackermann now faces three felonies and five misdemeanors, and could see up to seven years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and