Officer Caught On YouTube Video Kicked Off Force

New York City police say an officer seen in a YouTube video knocking a bicyclist to the pavement during a protest has been kicked off the force, although his lawyer says his client resigned.

Police officials say Patrick Pogan was dismissed last week. He was suspended last year after pleading not guilty to criminal charges of filing false paperwork.

His lawyer, Stuart London, says his 23-year-old client resigned and expects to be vindicated at trial.

Pogan is accused of knocking Christopher Long off his bicycle without justification on June 25 during a group-organized bike ride.

Pogan had arrested Long, saying the cyclist blocked traffic and steered his bike into an officer, but charges were dismissed after the video appeared on YouTube.

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NEW YORK — A judge dismissed charges Friday against the bicyclist who was body-checked and knocked to the pavement by a police officer in a widely viewed YouTube video.

At the prosecution's request, Criminal Court Judge James Burke dropped a charge of resisting arrest against Christopher Long, 29, of Hoboken, N.J.

Long was arrested July 25 during a Critical Mass bicycle ride through Times Square. The monthly bike rides are held around the world to draw attention to alternatives to motor vehicles.

Police said Long was arrested because he was obstructing traffic and deliberately steered his bicycle into an officer.

After the video emerged showing the policeman knocking Long to the ground, the officer, Patrick Pogan, was stripped of his badge and gun and assigned to desk duty. Police said Friday they were still investigating.

The video had been viewed some 1.5 million times since it was posted on YouTube soon after the incident. It shows Pogan shoving Long off his bike near Times Square as Long tried to steer out of the way.

As he left court, Long said he was happy not to be prosecuted and to have the case behind him. As for Pogan's account of events in the criminal complaint, he said, "The video speaks for itself."

Long's lawyer, David B. Rankin, said, "We're just very lucky this videotape surfaced, and we're very thankful the DA's office did the right thing in dropping these charges."

"This was a case where the officer's sworn testimony was contradicted by the videotape," Rankin said. "It raises serious questions about other cases that don't have the luxury of a videotape."

In the same week the Long video surfaced, videotape emerged of two other incidents showing police officers beating up civilians. Those cases were being investigated by the police and the district attorney's office.

Rankin said Long is considering a lawsuit against the city but had not yet decided.

Alicia Maxey Greene, spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney, said no decision had been made about whether to prosecute Pogan.

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  • by Beavis Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    I love the types of cops that use their nightstick as an extension of their masculinity.
  • by alexis Location: 51westmorellcircle on Sep 11, 2008 at 04:29 AM
    wow! that was so sad.
  • by Doug Location: Hubert on Sep 7, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    I did see the video, and there is enough lead before the cop attacked the bicycling to be sure that the officer did not motion the cyclist to stop, he walked into the path of the cyclist, the cyclist tried to avoid hitting the cop, and the cop brutally tackled the cyclist without warning. Furthermore, the officer falsified his testimony.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Sep 7, 2008 at 05:07 AM
    I haven't seen the video, but I will agree with SBK, what happened prior to the camera rolling that put the events into motion to begin with? There are plenty of 'citizens' that taunt these guys just to get a reaction out of them and sometimes they get what they want.
  • by Doug Location: Hubert on Sep 6, 2008 at 08:45 PM
    The DA wouldn't have dropped the charges if the video hadn't contradicted the officers account of the event. Regardless of whether or not the officer used excessive force, if the officer falsified his report, the officer should be charged with bringing false charges. I, for one, do not want to live in a world where police officers can fabricate charges against me whenever they wish. It's apparent that some people don't take this very seriously.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Sep 6, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    The policeman needs to be suspended. It was clearly a hateful, unnecessary act.
  • by SBK Location: Belhaven on Sep 5, 2008 at 07:11 PM
    I saw it too, what I didn't see was what happened before the body check. That's the problem, people see little clips of a cop, seemingly, using excessive force and they don't see anything that happened before hand. Typical. I'd like to shake the cops hand. Nice takedown. Good job, buddy.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Sep 5, 2008 at 06:42 PM
    I saw this video. The police officer seemed to body slam him off the bike for no apparent reason.I would have my lawyer there already. If Rodney got paid, so should he.

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