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Officer Pogan, pleads “not guilty”

Rookie Cop, Patrick Pogan, 23, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. He was released without bail and ordered to return to court on February 4, according to The Associated Press.

The video of officer Pogan’s assault on cyclist Christopher Long got over a million and a half views on Youtube which illustrates the powerful effect of capturing these incidents on video.

More about how that can cut both ways from this recent NY Times article

8 comments to Officer Pogan, pleads “not guilty”

  • ffaulkner

    I find it hard to believe this officer had the nerve to plead not guilty. What I find even more appalling is the fact that these officers act in this type of manner as though there should be no recourse. People of this country are getting fed up with officers who act as though they are above the law.

    If the cyclist had jumped up and struck the officer in retaliation, he would have been jailed immediately. Police officers need to be governed by the same laws as the rest of us. They are supposed to be here to protect and to serve the community, but it has gotten to the point where people have no rights, but the officers seem to be able to get away with treating ALL PEOPLE as though they are criminals.

    I hope this cop gets real jail time and that he can never become an officer in any state. The people do not need officers like him running around with a gun. He is a unstable and I would consider him a danger to whatever community he serves.

  • Unbelievable. The video clearly shows what happened. The fact that he still pleads not guilty is an outrage. I think police need to wear some type of device that will record video and audio during their shift of duty. These type of incidents would be less likely to occur.

  • Joe

    As a Police Officer of more than 20 years I would normally be the first to step up and defend the actions of a fellow officer. This is not the case here. Officer Pogan appears to have tracked his subject to the point of impact. The only way he should be found not guilty is if the guy on the bicycle was Michael Moore.

  • Joe

    I am curious though, were the cyclists interupting the traffic flow in Times Square and breaking the law? Did Officer Pogan or another officer order the cyclist in question to stop? (it doesn’t appear so) If he was ordered to stop because he was violating the law, I would have taken him off the bicycle as well. However, it doeasn’t appear in the video that that was the case.

  • Totally outrageous. What a dick.

  • Joe –

    The cyclists were the traffic flow at that point (at least that’s what it looks like in the video).

  • Matt

    When I see stuff like this I feel like the people around Pogan should have just started beating the officer for what he just did to an innocent man.

    Government should be scared of it’s people, not the other way around.
    The worst evil is the indifference of good men.

    Either way the officer should be removed from the force and never allowed back. Have his 2nd amendment permanently removed (he has proven he will abuse power), be thrown in jail, and for good measure hit with a baseball bat while riding a bike. This punishment would be a good deterrence to further abuse of power by cops. Cops should ALWAYS be held to a higher standard than the average citizen.

  • Were the cyclists interrupting the traffic flow in Times Square? When are people going to realize that critical mass is TRAFFIC. We are in motion. This bike ride has been going on since 1992 in over 300 cities around the world. What’s also been going on at these bike rides is Police Misconduct and Harassment. This is just the first time through the power of video and mass media on the internet that it has been exposed. Officer Pogan, had no idea what he was doing was wrong, just trying to look good for a police force who insists on physically attacking this bike ride as part of a systematic campaign. This is the real story behind what goes on here. When is the city going to realize that all the law suits, and parade law changes and wasting money on aggressive policing of these rides is leading…NOWHERE.

    Let Critical mass ride. This is supposed to be a city of free expression, cultural diversity, street performance. If you think that critical mass is disrupting the flow of traffic anymore than every single minute of construction, double parked cars or some sort of event in Time’s Square like some musical guest at Total Request Live…then I think its time to move to Scottsdale Arizona.