Update 7/7/2009: Christopher Long sues NYPD.
You’ve seen the video of New York Police officer Patrick Pogan tackling bike rider Chris Long during the Critical Mass bicycle ride through Times Square last week. If you haven’t seen the video, it clearly shows Pogan targeting a cyclist then tackling him to the ground with a violent body check. The video shows Long riding and steering away from Pogan when Pogan runs directly at the cyclist and knocks him hard to the ground.
The Smoking Gun posted Pogan’s sworn statement in which he says he arrested Long because Long “steered the … bicycle in the direction of [Pogan] and drove the bicycle directly into [Pogan]’s body, causing [Pogan] to fall to the ground and causing [Pogan] to suffer lacerations on [his] forearms.” The Manhattan attorney’s office filed charges of “attempted assault in the 3rd Degree” against Chris Long as a result of Pogan’s statement. Chris Long spent 26 hours in jail after his arrest.
All I can say of Pogan is “Liar Liar Pants on Fire.”
Pogan played high school football and was chosen as an offensive lineman for the 2003 Long Island all stars team.
- NY Times: When Official Truth Collides With Cheap Digital Technology
- Gothamist: Pogan’s father, a retired NYPD detective, says “You do what you gotta do to make the arrest.” Unbelievable.