NYPD Bike Bully Indicted

The NYPD officer who forcefully knocked a man off of his bicycle during a Critical Mass ride in Times Square this past summer has been indicted by a grand jury. The indictment will be unsealed in an upcoming hearing at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan. It’s likely that prosecutors are seeking felony charges for filing false records in the police report, as well as at least one misdemeanor count of assault.

Officer Patrick Pogan claimed cyclist, Christopeher Long, ran into him during an NYC Critical Mass ride, but as the above video shows, he clearly went out of his way to assault the bike rider. Officer Pogan subsequently arrested Long on charges of attempted assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, but the charges against Mr. Long were dropped after the video went public on YouTube.

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25 Responses to “NYPD Bike Bully Indicted”

  • Tim says:

    That officer committed a despicable act and deserves every bit and more of the punishment that is comin. But it is no win for cycling.

    Tim

  • Scott Wayland says:

    What a serious SOB. What the hell was he (the cop) thinking? Jeez. Throw the book at him. Put him on a bike and have him body checked by a hockey player!

    Scott

  • Joe says:

    They should give him and Dr. Thompson a cell together.

  • Larey says:

    I normally have no sympathies for critical mass, but that’s so far over the top. No one deserves to be treated like that. I hope the rider is allright and the cop pays a price.

  • Alan says:

    @Geoff

    I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a set-up – the way the video was obtained and eventually uploaded to YouTube has been covered in the press in detail.

    Alan

  • Marty says:

    Per my paper the Police officer Patrick Pogan charges include falsifying buisiness records and filing a false instrument(not sure what that is). Both are felonies punishable by 1 to 4 yrs in prison. As a probationary officer, Pogan could face dismissal from the force even if he is cleared of all charges.

  • Gordon Inkeles says:

    Who’s the bully?

    I’ve seen Critical Mass close a a main road for hours, with no regard for those who might be critically ill–and desperately trying to reach a hospital.

    As one who loves bikes, I have to confess to owning a car. More here:

    http://bikesocial.blogspot.com/2008/12/bikes-vs-cars-who-out-of-control.html

  • Alan says:

    @Gordon

    Did you watch the video?

  • Gordon Inkeles says:

    Alan,

    Yes. Have you been subjected to a Critical Mass “event?”

  • Alan says:

    @Gordon

    I’m not a fan, but in reality they’re pretty sedate around here. Can’t really see how it justifies the assault in any case…

  • Gordon Inkeles says:

    The cop is going to argue he ordered a reckless cyclist to stop–and was ignored.

    Couple of years ago we had a Critical Mass event in which riders intentionally drifted out into oncoming traffic on a Freeway. Got to stop those evil cars…Those who were arrested then tried to sue the police and the county.

    That demolished much of our hard earned support for a separate bike trail between Arcata and Eureka.

    Of course, I’m with you on the need to educate drivers about cycling. However, we can’t then turn a blind eye to the worst elements in our own community.

  • Sean says:

    I live in New York City. I think everyone is in agreement about the officer’s actions. They were unnecessary.

    As a New Yorker and cyclist, I also agree with many of the other posters’ thoughts. Critical Mass is a nuisance and does nothing to promote cycling. The Critical Massers flagrantly ignore traffic laws, block intersections, and inconveniencing others. In short, they give motorists, pedestrians, and everyone else good reason to hate cyclists, view cycling negatively, and rally against improvements to cycling infrastructure.

    Recently, on another blog, I read about something called “courteous mass.” It’s a similar mass ride, but one where cyclists obey traffic rules and strive to show others how cool cycling is and what great people cyclists are. This sounds like a worlds better approach.

  • Adrienne says:

    I will have to find it, but there is a good podcast out there about the creation of CM, here in San Francisco. A ‘courteous’ ride was held, once. With that many cyclists stopping at every stop, putting their feet down and waiting for a count of 3, it got so out of hand that the City decided right there to just treat it as parade and let everyone get used to it. Now people bring their kids, and it never makes the news except as a warning in the AM that it is the last Friday of the month.

    There is no justification for a police officer to use that kind of force in a non-violent situation. In that video, the officer targeted that individual, who as near as I can tell, was just riding his bike. It is not OK for an officer to target a single individual for something he may perceive as wrong with the group. There are places on Earth that do that- China, Burma, Darfur…

  • Gordon Inkeles says:

    “In that video, the officer targeted that individual, who as near as I can tell, was just riding his bike. ‘

    Well, now that we’re all screaming for the officer’s head, we will have a chance to consider all the facts in court. What will the other cell phone videos that might have turned up show regarding the larger picture? Was the CM rider going the wrong way on a NYC street? Had he side-swpiped a 6 year old girl twenty feet away?

    We should know these things before we rush to destroy the cop’s career.

  • Alan says:

    Though I agree it’s not good to rush to judgment, the fact that the charges against the cyclist were dropped and the grand jury is looking to charge the officer for false reporting says a lot. I wouldn’t be too concerned about our little discussion here damaging anyone’s career – the video has already had over 1.9 million views on YouTube with 8500 comments and counting.

  • Gordon Inkeles says:

    “…the video has already had over 1.9 million views on YouTube with 8500 comments and counting.”

    Good luck with that “fair” trial.” Anyway, that’s when we’ll see all the actual evidence.

  • bongobike says:

    Yeah, Gordon, it reminds me of that “fair” trial that Rodney King had in California. The poor cops suffered greatly, but were vindicated in court when the video everyone had seen over and over again suddenly revealed who the real victims were in that tragic incident. Yes, what a difference a “fair” trial makes! I just pray and hope they never have to suffer the incredible abuse that very bad black man inflicted on them from the ground in his fetal position.

  • Gordon Inkeles says:

    Why stop with Rodney King? He can also be compared to Martin Luther King, Gandhi and Jesus. That should silence those who dare to suggest the Critical Mass is little more than a bunch of arrogant thugs on wheels.

  • Alan says:

    Gordon, we get it: you had a bad experience with CM. But to classify all CM participants as “arrogant thugs on wheels” does a disservice to the many law abiding citizens who have participated in peaceful CM events all over the world.

  • bongobike says:

    I just read an article about three plain-clothes cops who went to the wrong house (several blocks away from an alleged whore-house) in Galveston two years ago. They grabbed a 12-year-old black girl (the complaint they were responding to said the prostitutes were white) and beat her up, called her a whore and arrested her. Her father was arrested too for trying to defend her from these pigs. Weeks later, the cops went to her school, where she was an honors student, and arrested her and charged her with battery against police for trying to resist the abuse. It’s been two years and these pigs are still walking free, free to continue committing crimes against humanity. I guess this is just fine with you too, right, Gordon?

  • Gordon Inkeles says:

    Thanks bongobike, for making my point for me.

    This, Alan, is the voice of CM: arrogant, confrontational and irrational. And as we all know, the “gasoholics” are fully capable of responding in kind, especially if they are driving a multi-ton SUV at 70 mph and listening to a hate radio tirade on bicyclists.

    CM has outlived its usefulness. We cyclists simply can’t afford to die for their sins.

  • Duncan Watson says:

    I thought justice was supposed to be applied equally? Or are you suggesting that a drug addict has lost his right to humane treatment. Maybe we should just beat them, tase them and otherwise torture anyone who is suspected of drug use. Likewise for CM, we all know that going on one CM ride is a gateway drug and will lead to terrorist activity. Just put them out of their misery now.

    Really Gordon, you are nearly a parody of yourself.

  • Gordon Inkeles says:

    Drug addicts?

    Talk about a convenient straw dog…

  • Alan says:

    “Clink”. That’s the sound of a thread locking. Twice in one week – must be the weather…

    Happy Holidays!

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