Poor officer Patrick Pogan. Remember him? He was the rookie cop who delivered the shocking body blow to Christopher long in Time’s Square during a critical mass ride. Officer Pogan wasn’t really overreacting, rather following along with an pattern of violent behavior by the NYPD against a group bike ride, they just don’t like. We know this because this wasn’t the first time someone was violently arrested in Times Square. Recently cyclists were awarded 97,000.00 for similar behavior.
Pogan probably wouldn’t be in any trouble except for some pesky video footage shot by a tourist in Time’s Square who captured the hit. It went viral and the whole world saw just what the NYPD thinks of group bike riding in NYC.
Now the officer is standing trail for his actions which started Yesterday.
Here is article from the NY Times:
Trial Opens for Ex-Officer Accused of Shoving Bicyclist
By JOHN ELIGON
Published: April 19, 2010
One was a rookie police officer, the other a free-spirited cyclist.
They converged on the busy thoroughfare that night with different objectives. The officer, Patrick Pogan, was there to monitor a group of bike riders, called Critical Mass, that the Police Department had long viewed as a nuisance. The cyclist, Christopher Long, was part of the groupâ€™s effort to remain together in its ride through Manhattan.
Read the whole story here.
Jefferson Sigel, has also been shooting photographs for the NY Daily News. Here is there coverage from the start of the Pogan trail.
Ex-cop who body-slammed cyclist off his bike is portrayed by his defense as ‘clueless rookie’
BY Oren Yaniv
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Originally Published:Monday, April 19th 2010
An NYPD cop caught on video body-slamming a bicyclist in Times Square was portrayed Monday as a clueless rookie suckered by a pot-smoking troublemaker out for a payday.
Ex-Officer Patrick Pogan was so inexperienced that when he was assigned to Critical Mass – a monthly activist bike ride – he thought he was going to a Catholic Mass, his lawyer said.
“He thought he was going to St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” said defense lawyer Stuart London.
But prosecutors painted the 24-year-old Pogan as a reckless cop who violently took down cyclist Christopher Long in July 2008 – and then tried to cover it up.
Read more: here.
The Trail continues today when Christopher Long will take the stand.
111 Centre Street (3 blocks south of Canal St.), room 733. Starting around 10am
My Take on this:
I personally don’t feel the need to vilify one particular rookie cop for his actions. This is a systematic problem of law enforcement in this town who have a personal grudge against a group bike ride they had no problem with until the 2004 Republican National Convention and have since gone out of their way to waste taxpayer dollars and resources, not to mention engage in violent and dangerous behavior.
It’s important to note how all this would be going down if that video footage hadn’t gone viral. I can guarantee you, Pogan would not be on trail and Christopher Long would have to be defending himself on charges of “assaulting a police officer with his body.” The NYPD would be furthering their lies that critical mass has been taken over by anarchists with no regard for people of this town, who’s goal is to stop traffic and disrupt our common ways of life.
They NYPD should get on board with critical mass and biking in general for its impact on increasing bike ridership which is a valuable activity for the health and environment of this city. Not wasting more of our time and money with unnecessary lawsuits and trails.