Charges Dropped Against Mass Cyclist Assaulted by Cop

On Friday, charges were officially dismissed against Christopher Long, the Critical Mass cyclist who was slammed to the ground by NYPD Officer Patrick Pogan in July. After he was knocked off his bike, Long was charged with attempted assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The official account of the incident, which was witnessed by dozens of people, would almost certainly have gone unchallenged if not for a video that surfaced on YouTube, drawing over a million views and making news across the country. Said Long’s attorney, David B. Rankin:

"We’re just very lucky this videotape surfaced, and we’re very
thankful the DA’s office did the right thing in dropping these charges."

"This
was a case where the officer’s sworn testimony was contradicted by the
videotape," Rankin said. "It raises serious questions about other cases
that don’t have the luxury of a videotape."

Times Up! noted the disparity between police treatment of mass rides in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and called for an end to the city’s schizoid behavior toward cycling in general:

"Time’s Up! is thrilled by this victory in court and we remain positive that this decision will convince the Mayor and the NYPD to treat the Manhattan Critical Mass ride in non-violent and sensible matter similar to how they currently treat the monthly Critical Mass Ride in Brooklyn," said Judy Ross, Time’s Up! spokesperson. "Time’s Up! also demands that Mayor Bloomberg immediately instruct the NYPD that bicyclists are part of every day traffic and that the increase of bicycling is a positive trend that the city recognizes and is accommodating."

Rankin said Long has not decided whether he will sue the city. Meanwhile, the Daily News says the PD is "still investigating" the incident. Pogan was placed on desk duty.

  • ms nomer

    I’d like to see what — if any — disciplinary action is taken regarding Officer Pogan. NYPD will likely wait till this all blows over, then do nothing more than give him a slap on the wrist. Tell NYPD that we won’t forget this, and the city is watching!

  • KLD

    Yeah I set up google alert on Patrick Pogan’s name, I am really curious to see what happens here…I suspect since he is a cop and his daddy is a cop that nothing will happen. An example should be made of this cretan… He obviously doesn’t have the ability to decide what is or is not an appropriate action to take against a bicyclist, and more importantly, doesn’t have the sense and integrity to make an honest and accurate report UNDER OATH…. Good lord, this guy should not carry a badge again for years…

    It really irritates me that Long’s attorney would even have to be thankful that the DA dropped this case…. It is so blatantly obvious this should be dropped there is no real need to thank anyone…

  • Pogan should definitely be prosecuted for assault. I want to hear him explain his action in open court.

    http://www.forgotten-ny.com

  • ‘Tis good news about Christopher Long! Critical mass is awesome. 🙂 [drawing about bike love] http://www.zegiel.net/?p=468

  • Mark

    I’ve been wondering how this would end, is the system in the US that corrupt?

    I mean, the officer clearly assaulted the cyclist… charges should be laid against the cop, i know it’s a crazy city requiring tough cops but for Christs sake, he smashed a guy on a bike, too pathetic for words

  • William

    Hasn’t decided to sue the city? What and give up the one and only way you have to make them pay for what they’ve done?

    SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!SUE THE CITY!

  • Hey, here’s a relevant post on why Streetsblog and many other news sites haven’t posted an update on Pogan’s situation –

    http://blog.cyclosity.com/?p=164

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