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.