Critical Mass Bicyclist Assaulted by NYPD
The officer seen in the video is Patrick Pogan, a third-generation cop and son of a retired New York City detective. According to Officer Pogan, the cyclist rode his bike straight into him, knocking them both down and causing a â€œlacerationâ€ on his arm. The cyclist Christopher Long, a 29-year-old resident of Bloomfield, New Jersey was arrested for attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Bill DiPaola, a director of Timeâ€™s Up, told the Times he arrived just after Long went down. â€œHe got up and was dazed. They put their knees on top of his head and were smashing him into a phone booth.â€
After the video surfaced, the cop who clearly lunged out at Long was stripped of his gun and badge pending an investigation. But in discussing the video with the News, an unidentified NYPD source says, “The video is bad – what can you say?”
I would say that cop Patrick Pogan’s testimony and the video clearly show someone is lying. Either the video is lying, or Pogan is lying.
What do the cops have to say about all this?
Equally as interesting as Pogan’s testimony were some of the comments on this Police Forum praising Pogan’s actions. Some people really let power go to their heads because it’s about all they’ve got.
This morning while riding my bike home from my girlfriend’s house I was hit by an automobile. I was riding along a bicycle path and crossing the street at a red light when a car making a right turn decided it was his time to make the turn. When I proceeded to cross the street he was stopped so I figured it was safe to go. Luckily most of me had cleared his car when he hit me. He knocked my rear wheel about 4 feet into oncoming traffic. I didn’t go down on the ground. I was able to get up and move out of the intersection. as I approached his car to tell him I would split the difference and accept $100.00 for replacing my rear, he drove off and was gone. (Probably didn’t help that I yelled “@$$ hole” at him. You tend to lose any credibility when you yell obscenities at anyone)
As I stood there in awe that he could just drive off after hitting me, a giant 4-miles-to-the-gallon, off-road pickup/nature destroyer that was behind him pulled up and the redneck driving leaned out of the rig and told me I should keep off the road. Keep off the road? I was merely crossing the street. I didn’t know that if you buy a bicycle you are limited to only riding it in any areas where you don’t have to cross the street. Let’s see, that would limit me to a 500foot loop of sidewalk surrounding my townhouse. Sounds like fun.
As gas prices rise more and more people are supposedly supporting the bicycle cause. I don’t see it. I am getting the same response from cars that I get when I was commuting by bike from work to school in the city of Chicago 8 years ago which is that the roads meant only for cars I have people say to me “You ride your bike everywhere. That’s good more people should do it, especially with gas prices and the environment”, but the drivers on the road seem to have another attitude.
When it comes down to what the law is versus what will keep me alive, I will go with the safer route. Maybe at some point cyclist/driver laws will be more common knowledge but until then I’d rather not rely on the laws for safety. Unfortunately rules of the road don’t mean anything if others don’t follow them. But for all intents and purposes, at the beginning of 2008, the state of Illinois passed a law requiring all motor vehicles to allow a minimum of 3 feet between them and a cyclist when passing. Although this law doesn’t really apply to my predicament, I only mention it because although Illinois has this law. I don’t know of anyone who isn’t a cyclist that’s heard of it.
Bike Messengers get a bad rap from everyone for having attitudes, especially towards automobiles and pedestrians. Anyone who commutes by bicycle can probably see why. I’m always getting frustrated by cars. I’ve spit on cars, purposely scratched them, screamed into car windows at drivers, among other things and the one thing I can tell you is that it doesn’t do either me or the other person any good. All it does is ruin the rest of my ride and I am more apt to be agitated and run red lights, block traffic and put myself in harms way just because I am pissed off. It’s not worth it. Some people are just idiots.
So what can we do? When I was hit today, I can only hope other cars saw it. The more the better. Maybe it will remind people that there are more and more cyclists on the road and cars need to allow room for them to. There are safe ways to ride. I am always skeptical about riding on bike paths vs. riding on the road because although roads have more car traffic, a car can usually see you better if you are directly in their line of vision. Since I was riding on the path it is my responsibility to make sure drivers see me vs who has the right of way. I probably could should have waited till he acknowledged that I was crossing the street. When it comes down to a well protected car vs and out in the open cyclist, it doesn’t matter who has the right of way. If there is a collision I am likely to be greatly injured and the driver of the automobile is likely to not be touched.
Weblinx Inc., where I work, has moved from 68 Main Street to 165 Kirkland Circle. We are still in Oswego so the move shouldn’t affect too many people. My office is almost double the size and came with some sweet 60’s Mod furniture.
My new bike route to work isn’t too bad. luckily there is a route that allows me to avoid the busier streets. My commute is much shorter now. before I was facing a 10 mile commute each way and now the commute is about 4 miles each way. While I’ll miss the long ride, there’s no excuse for me not to ride to work everyday.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recently proposed fines of $150-$500 for any motorist endangering the safety of cyclists on the road. Finally! I’ve been hit by cars in the city and It’s not fun. Most motorists that I know complain about cyclists taking up space on the road. I really don’t know what the problem is. Get a smaller car so you can share the road with bicycles you hummer driving espresso latte blue tooth…