OFFICE OF THE
OF BRONX COUNTY www.bronxda.nyc.gov
ROBERT T. JOHNSON
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198 EAST 161ST STREETBRONX, N.Y. 10451
Page 1 of 2Monday, August 26, 2013
NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH FALYSIFYING OFFICIALRECORDS IN ORDER TO JUSTIFY A WRONGFUL ARREST OF A NEW YORK TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER
Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced today the arrest and indictment of a New York City Police Officer in connection with the improper arrest of a New York Times photographer in August 2012.Police Officer Michael Ackerman was charged by a grand jury with Falsifying BusinessRecords in the First and Second Degrees, Tampering with Public Records in the First and SecondDegrees, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First and Second Degrees, OfficialMisconduct, and Making a Punishable False Written Statement. Ackerman is facing a maximumsentence of up to 7 years imprisonment if convicted of the most serious charge, Tampering withPublic Records in the First Degree, a Class D felony offense.The charges in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumedinnocent unless and until proven guilty.Ackerman, 30, was arraigned before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrettand was released on his own recognizance.