Its hard to believe but somehow Christopher Long did not cause assault to rookie officer, Patrick Pogan’s forearms in the July Critical Mass bike ride.
His charges of assault were miraculously dropped today in court, thanks to the power of video. Over a million views make it painfully clear that this officer of the law was egregiously acting like a some sort of…member of the NYPD.
He can have some time at his desk to think about his actions and not out on the street keeping us safe from the threat of people riding their bikes in groups.
NYPD Tries to Shush Donut Social Protest in East Village Those self-described downtown “slacktivists” who previously called for yuppie scum to die at the Bowery Wine Company are focusing their contempt on the NYPD. They’re planning a punk concert and protest Friday night against “police brutality, real estate developers, and the blatant selectively targeted harassment/discrimination toward our scene during the 20th Anniversary of the Tompkins Square Park Police Riots concert/political rally.” The so-called “Donut Social” was originally planned for directly outside the 9th precinct on East 5th Street, but the NYPD wasn’t so into that, so the rabble have been relocated to the corner of First Ave and 5th. The other hitch is that police are insisting on a 70 decibel sound level at 100 feet with the permit. According to NMNL, that’s about the same level as the sound of a vacuum cleaner at 10 feet.
Come hear punk show…Death Mold and the Crack Steady Five
Prosecutors are expected to drop criminal charges on Friday against a bicyclist who was pushed off his bike in July by a police officer in Times Square, said Mark M. Taylor, a lawyer for the bicyclist. The encounter was captured on amateur video.
The bicyclist, Christopher Long, 29, was charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct on July 25 during a monthly ride called Critical Mass. The arresting officer, Patrick Pogan, wrote in his report that Mr. Long had been weaving in and out of traffic and that he had tried to hit the officer with his bicycle.
But video recorded by an onlooker soon surfaced on YouTube, showing Officer Pogan lowering his shoulder and shoving Mr. Long off his bike on Seventh Avenue at 46th Street as Mr. Long tried to steer out of the way.
On Thursday, prosecutors declined to comment on their case against Mr. Long and would neither confirm nor deny that they planned to drop the charges.
After the video surfaced, Officer Pogan was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty, pending a department investigation. Mr. Taylor said his client planned to sue the city.
Norman Siegel, a civil rights lawyer who has represented several Critical Mass participants, said that dropping the charges against Mr. Long would be the right thing to do, and that he hoped the prosecutors would go one step further.
â€œI think they should give serious consideration to bringing perjury and assault charges against the cop,â€ Mr. Siegel said. â€œThis is the way to get accountability over the police and reduce police misconduct. If you make this officer an example, then the message is: This kind of conduct is unacceptable and there will be legal consequences for it.â€
Tensions have long existed between Critical Mass riders and the police, who complain that the riders ignore traffic laws.
Shortly before the Republican National Convention in 2004, a large number of officers arrested more than 250 riders on charges that included parading without a permit. In 2006, a state judge turned down a request by the city to forbid Timeâ€™s Up, an environmental group that promotes the monthly rides, to take part in them, to gather at Union Square Park beforehand and to mention the rides on its Web site.
September 5th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Christopher Long’s will be in court tomorrow (Friday) at 9:30am for his crime of being knocked off his bicycle by a police officer during the July August Critical Mass.
If you can, please come to support Christopher!!
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Two articles about last months Critical Mass ride in NYC-
From the Downtown Express
Mass bike riders convene on convention anniversary
bike lift in Times Square-photo by Jefferson Siegel By Jefferson Siegel
Last Friday was a night of milestones for the monthly Critical Mass ride. It was the fourth anniversary of the 2004 Republican National Convention ride that saw 264 cyclists arrested. It was the first ride since cyclist Christopher Long was knocked off his bike by a police officer last month. It was the last ride of summer and was bookmarked between this yearâ€™s Democratic and Republican conventions.
Got this from I-witness video who is in Minneapolis to document police misconduct during demonstrations. Man, they must be inundated with footage which will help for the years of lawsuits against the city of Minneapolis and St. Paul, in the future.
“Police have arrived at our office in St. Paul. They say that they have received reports of hostages barricaded in the building. We are behind a locked door. Lawyers are outside dealing with them.”
September 3rd, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) — San Jose police will be out in force this week ready to ticket kids riding their bikes without a bicycle helmet.
Police Chief Rob Davis says they want parents and children to keep bicycle safety in mind as kids head back to school after Labor Day.
In addition to tickets, the police department will also hand out free bike helmets as part of its Street Smarts program, said San Jose Transportation Director James Helmer.
This increased emphasis on bicycle safety comes in the wake of a tragic accident at the end of last school year. 12-year-old Breanna Slaughter-Eck was struck and killed by an SUV as she rode her bike home from Hoover Middle School. The driver turned out to be an illegal immigrant.
The Times-Standard Article Launched: 09/03/2008 01:30:17 AM PDT
The recent death of avid bicycle commuter Gregory Jennings should spur local government officials into taking additional action to make highways safer for area bicyclists.
Jennings died last week after his bicycle was hit by a car when it drifted onto the shoulder off State Route 299. Authorities said Jennings, a respected biologist, was doing everything right — wearing colorful clothing and a helmet and he was riding on the side of the shoulder farthest from vehicle lanes.
This was the fourth bicycle-related death in the past seven years, and comes at a time when more and more people are considering taking their bikes to work to save on the high cost of gasoline. Since March, there have been nine collisions involving cars and bicycles on the highway.
Chances are that youâ€™ve got a local, regional, or state bicycle advocacy organization working to improve conditions in your area. But do you know who is working at the national level to change bicycling in this country? And why should you care? These groups are working to fundamentally change all aspects of bicycling in this country. Everything from how projects are funded, how laws are written and enforced, building and strengthening local groups, to on and off-road access, etc. In no particular orderâ€¦
The League of American Bicyclists – Originally formed in 1880 as the â€œLeague of American Wheelmanâ€, this is the worldâ€™s oldest transportation organization. Best known these days for their popular â€œBicycle Friendly Communityâ€ initiative and â€œNational Bike Monthâ€œ, the League works on advocacy, outreach, and education issues that affect all bicyclists. More information on their Mission, History, and Key Programs here.
Bikes Belong Coalition – promotes that they â€œput people on bicycles more oftenâ€. Formed by the bicycling industry to strengthen and increase Federal Policy and Funding, build National Partnerships, provide Community Grants, and promote bicycling. Best known for their grants of up to $10,000 to fund projects that will improve local bicycling conditions.