No jail time, no probation, no community service…that was the sentencing for ex-police officer Patrick Pogan today, ending a long drawn out legal circus in NYC. Pogan was the guy who body checked Christopher Long in Time’s Square during a critical mass ride and was caught on video tape by a tourist. The video shocked the nation and began a long legal battle which awarded Christopher Long a settlement and Pogan lost his job.
Here is a story from the NY Post.
Bike-push cop spared jail, probation in punishment-free sentencing
By LAURA ITALIANO
Posted: 3:13 PM, July 14, 2010
It’s no jail, no probation and no community service for notorious, caught-on-video bike-push cop Patrick Pogan.
At an emotional sentencing today, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley let the 24-year-old ex-rookie walk out of court, in tears, without any penalty whatsoever — besides having suffered through what Pogan himself called “this nightmare.”
“I hope to put this nightmare behind me and to prove to you that I am a highly productive member of society,” the young ex-cop had told the judge.
Pogan was a third generation officer who, ten days on the job, was captured by civilian video violently shoving a Critical Mass cyclist off his bike and to the pavement in Times Square two years ago.
Acquitted of the shove — Pogan had testified in April that he was only following police orders to stop law-breaking cyclists by whatever means necessary — he’d been convicted of a felony for lying on paperwork to frame the cyclist for assault.
Read more: here.
I’m not really sure how to feel on this one…Critical Mass is basically over in NYC, Cops will continue to harass cyclists, lawsuits will continue.
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