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Subway Snuff Post Photographer Defends Himself on Today Show

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on December 5, 2012

When this happens …

… Everyone’s going to weigh in with their own opinion of how they would have acted in a split second’s time to think. And they have.

Why didn’t this jerk photographer put down his camera and help? I totally would have! Why didn’t anyone else do something? I know I would have! Why did the New York Post publish this photo on the cover? It makes me sick!

Freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi sat down on the Today Show couch to defend himself and his actions on Wednesday, doing an admirable job of explaining his positioning on the subway platform and his decision-making.

The biggest takeaway: Twenty-two seconds passed between the time Han hit the tracks and the time he was struck by the train? That seems like an ample amount of time for someone to help Han climb out of his fatal predicament.

Police took 30-year-old Naeem Davis into custody on Tuesday.

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Here’s a brief video of the two men face-to-face, with the pusher telling Han to leave him alone before the incident occurred, via Gothamist:

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