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Fox news report on critical mass assault.
After reviewing the Youtube video another dozen times and seeing it again as the lead story on most local news, its still kind of baffling what motivated young officer Patrick Pogan, to react the way he did and send bike rider, Christopher Long, sailing into the sidewalk.
The 22 year old officer of the NYPD was caught on video tape, body-checking one of the 100 or so riders from last Friday’s monthly critical mass ride.
I can only speculate on what was going through the rookie cops head but here are a few possible scenarios:
Scenario 1: Christopher Long was seen by Patrick Pogan acting erratic and making loud gestures a good 20 blocks away. He was screaming some insane nonsense about…”who’s streets these were.” By the time he got to within 10 feet of officer Pogan, he said…”Don’t Body Check me Bro.” Naturally, the officer did the most logical thing to protect him from one of these crazed bike riders who would no doubt continue to speak freely.
Scenario 2: The rookie officer who hadn’t been on the force for more than a month and had originally asked to walk a beat in East New York, where he could solve some, “real crimes.” Instead he was sent to Time’s Square, an information, advertising purgatory with flashing lights and a naked cowboy. He had been asked so many times that night by foreign tourists where the H&M store was…he was going mad…why else would he be standing in the middle of the street during a bike ride of a hundred cyclists.
Scenario 3: Just doing his patriotic duty. Officer Pogan was convinced he had identified the guy who planted a bomb at the recruiting station, back in March, after all Christopher seemed, “comfortable on a bike.”
Scenario 4: His partner dared him to do it. He offered up a free drink coupon at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone, if he could knock the guy all the way to the sidewalk.
Scenario 5: He wanted to be the next Bruce Smolka. No easy shoes to fill, retired officer Smolka could take down one of these bike riders with one hand, and not even spill his coffee. Pogan, knew it would take a real man to handle one of these dangerous bike riders and prove to the force he had what it takes. I mean at 30,000 a year, you gotta do something to get noticed.
Scenario 6: Officer Pogan had heard their was a New York Rangers scout in town and wanted to show off his “body checking” ability that might land him a spot on the team. If not, there was sure to be a World Wrestling Federation close at hand.
Scenario 7: Cause the guy was on a bike
Scenario 8: Christopher Long, hates cops forearms and wanted to do his best to run directly into them.
Scenario 9: Pogan and Long were in on it together and hoping to win 10,000 bucks on America’s funniest home videos.
Scenario 10: Because Pogan was a member of the NYPD, who for 4 years now has been told that Critical Mass is a protest, that they hate cops and they hate freedom. There sole purpose is to run red lights, block traffic and create a disturbance the last Friday of every month. Pogan was just doing his job, the same type of thing that was going on since the Republican National Convention back in 04.
only this time it was caught on video tape and instantaneously put on Youtube.
There are things you can always count on in New York…like your rent forever being raised 30 percent a year to adjust to the “market value.” Like that guy playing a drum solo on the subway platform on plastic buckets…Or like the NYPD always acting like…well the NYPD.
Here they are in classic form at the last Critical Mass (July 25th, 2008) in NYC.
It was shot by a tourist who wasn’t expecting Time’s Square to be so blinding.
We do know that this video has really stirred the pot and asking a lot of people, once again: “What the heck were the NYPD thinking.”
In this bloggers opinion…its just another typical critical mass post the Republican National Convention.
for winning this year’s Tour De France.
Article in NYTimes
Internet Endangers Big-City Tradition: The Bike Messenger
By David Kravets
Wired Magazine 7/25/08
SAN FRANCISCO — Here along Market Street, heavily tattooed bicyclists with too many piercings in too many places weave through traffic, ducking subway steam vents, trolleys, motorists and a sea of jaywalkers. They’re bike messengers — a fixture in most large cities — slinging satchels stuffed with legal documents, blueprints, executives’ lunches and eviction notices.
Read more Here
The show is titled: Slow Dancing to Slayer, and runs through August 9th.
Here is a press release from the Men’s Style.com
written by: MATTHEW SCHNEIER
Here are some pictures and write up from the opening night party on July 17th
Tod’s blog is suckapants.com where you can find amazing pictures from the “Fuck yeah fest tour,” which Tod has been documenting featuring bands like: Dillinger 4, Matt and Kim, Team Robesppierre and punk rock legends the Circle Jerks.
from their website:
They have the heart, lungs and legs of marathoners, but all they want to be are the first professional black African cyclists in the world. And in August this year, they will be going to Alpe dâ€™Huez in France to do a timed ascent.
Why, you may ask? In 2004, there was an individual time trial up that mountain in the Tour de France. Out of 155 riders, Lance Armstrong won it in 39â€™41â€ and the tenth placed time was 42â€™08â€. Zakayo and Mwangi intend to finish in a time somewhere between those two times. Just to show they belong among them.
Until now, there has not been a single black African in the Tour de France. Or in pro cycling. Not one. So meet Zakayo and Mwangi. All they want is an opportunity to prove themselves.
Its all about bike locks with a few good tips on some products to keep your ride secure.
Of course that doesn’t help if you let someone “tryout” your bike and they ride off with it.
Article by Scott Ward.
Also, David Byrne, unveils his creative bike racks:
from New York Magazine:
The Bike Rack As Art
and here is a video from the Wall Street Journal Online.