New York, New York (The Weekly Vice) -- A New York Police Department officer has been re-assigned to desk duty, pending an investigation, after a You Tube video showed the officer body checking a Critical Mass bicyclist off of his bike.
Critical Mass, a bicycle ride normally held on the last Friday of each month as a form of protest against reliance on vehicles and bicyclist/motorist relations, has been a long standing irritation to the New York Police Department.
Although attempts by New York City to ban the event have failed in court, the tradition has created a somewhat adversarial relationship between the riders and NYPD officers who detest the event.
This past Friday, witnesses say a NYPD officer (now identified as 22 year old Officer Patrick Pogan) attacked rider Christopher Long at random, body checking the rider off his bike.
Reportedly, Long was arrested and charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. According to the arrest affidavit, Long "deliberately steered his bicycle into the officer, causing both of them to fall to the ground."
A bystander however had a video camera and posted the incident on You Tube. While the officer has been relieved of his gun and has been reassigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation - charges against the rider have not been dropped.
We have a bone to pick with the New York district attorney's office
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
It's quite simple really. If this video isn't compelling enough proof that the 'unnamed' officer abused his position and then lied about it in an arrest affidavit, then we're going to have to add corruption of the prosecutor's office to the growing list of concerns in this case.
Furthermore, why is the officer uncharged ? If Officer Pogue were not on duty, he'd quite easily qualify for assault charges here.
It's pretty apparent - unless you're severely cross-eyed, that the rider slowed down and tried to go around the officer. As the officer lunged towards the rider, he continued to veer leftward in an attempt to stay clear of the officer. It's really pretty dumbfoundingly clear who assaulted who.
To the New York City prosecutor's office I ask: How many times do you have to watch the video before it dawns on you something isn't right here? Put the prostitute down, watch the video and get this issue effectively resolved before New York tax payers have to pay for the lawsuit that this rider could legitimately file against the city. Duh!
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