NYPD Officer Indicted After Bicycle Assault Caught on Cell Phone Cam

NEW YORK - A New York City police officer has…

NEW YORK – A New York City police officer has been indicted after being caught on video knocking a bicyclist to the ground.

Lawyer Stuart London says Patrick Pogan must report to the Manhattan prosecutor’s office on Tuesday morning.

Cyclist Christopher Long was arrested in July during a Critical Mass ride through Times Square. The monthly bike rides are meant to draw attention to alternatives to motor vehicles.

Police said Long was obstructing traffic and deliberately steered his bicycle into an officer. Charges were dismissed.

A video of the body-check that knocked Long over was posted on YouTube and has been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

Pogan has been stripped of his badge and gun and been assigned to desk duty.

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  • Jeffrey B.

    Ditto to the Casual Observer, which later on we will be on police state and not too soon in the near future there will be war between the freedom fighters vs the bad cops and marital law militants. Watch and weep!

  • Rob

    Lucky (or unlucky) many law enforcment agencies have unions, or this guy would have no job at all. How many people could abuse power like this, totally disregard responsibilities to their job and still be employed? Should have been fired at put out like everyone else.

  • Madama Lazonga

    Madame Lazonga predicts that the internal investigation will result in a press release such as the following:

    “The city has investigated the matter and found that the conduct of the police officers was appropriate under the circumstances. It’s unfortunate that sometimes police officers have to use force against people who are using force against them. And the evidence will show that both this cyclist violated the law and forcefully resisted arrest.”

    Oh sorry, that’s from another “isolated incident”:

    http://www.reason.com/blog/show/130642.html

    In any event, watch for more of the same here, once enough time has passed that the heat is off.

  • Casual Observer

    Making excuses for this sort of thing is WRONG. If the assault hadn’t been caught on a phone-cam, the guy on the bike might be doing time right now for felonious assault on a police officer, and have a criminal record that would include never being able to vote or own a firearm again ’cause a cop’s word is taken over a defendant. Look at what the bicyclist would have lost. Seems like the “perp” here should lose the same; not just pull a desk assignment. Stuff like this only serves to erode respect for the law.

  • Dan

    Looks like the guy on the bike was trying to avoid the officer, not hit him. It is actions like this that give the police a bad name. What people must remember is that cops are human; sometimes they have bad days, too. Holding down a desk for a few weeks and a couple weeks without pay, along with anger management classes, would be in order.