This morning a man opened fire upon a former coworker he had been disputing with. He shot and killed the former coworker.
He then left the scene and engaged in a shootout with police in front of the Empire State Building where at least 8 others were shot, some perhaps by police in crossfire.
The question at hand here is about a photo that a photographer posted on Instagram of a man with copious blood around him, being attended to by a woman. The photo is graphic and has a caption which many found to be flippant and disrespectful, and even allegedly wrote “Cha-ching” on his Facebook page about cashing in on the photo (he later admitted that he will give the photo away for free). Newser explains:
Turns out [the photo] was shot by local photographer Muhammad Malik, who immediately uploaded it to Instagram with this not-so-sensitive caption, a play off of lyrics by Nas: “They shoot, aw made you look! No really tho. Dude got popped!” That drew plenty of online criticism, as did his Facebook boasts (complete with hashtag #chaching) about cashing in on the photo.
“Let’s be clear everyone, I didn’t shoot anyone, I just took a photo, don’t hate me, hate the actions that caused me to get a picture like that,” he wrote in response. “It’s cameras that allow all of us to see what’s going on in parts that we would never venture into or otherwise wouldn’t think twice about.”
So what do you think? Was Malik’s photo disrespectful? How about the caption on it, or on his Facebook page?
Is he right that these cameras bring us to street-level on every street in America? Do these cameras ultimately make us safer, or simply more voyeuristic?
Out of respect for those who were victims in this shooting, we have chosen not to reprint the image Muhammad Malik uploaded.