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Video: Cop bodychecks bicyclisg
The New York Post ^ | July 29, 2008 | Murray Weiss et al.

Posted on 07/29/2008 9:36:14 AM PDT by heartwood

A rookie cop - the son of a highly respected New York City detective - has been stripped of his badge and gun after being caught on video viciously attacking a bicyclist who was part of a Times Square demonstration. '

The startling YouTube video shows Officer Patrick Pogan, 22, apparently setting his sights on - and then tackling - a bicyclist as he pedaled along Seventh Avenue as part of last Friday's controversial Critical Mass ride.

Christopher Long, 29, was among a throng of riders as he whizzed toward the corner of West 46th Street at 9:30 p.m. and appeared to try and swerve away from the officer.

But the video shows Pogan pick up his pace as he stares down Long before shoving the cyclist, slamming him to the pavement.

To the dismay of stunned pedestrians, Long, who was not wearing a helmet, hurtles several feet through the air as he flips off the bicycle and lands on the curb.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: anarchists; bicyclists; criticalmass; doasthouwill; donutwatch; ecoterrorists; flashmobs; goodjob; greenieweenies; nyc; police; promotionisdue; scofflaws; thugwithabadge; transportation; unlawfulprotest
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Pushing hot buttons here - Freepers' general contempt for bicyclists (especially activist ones) vs. the hatred for out-of-control law-unto-themselves cops.

Video at link.

1 posted on 07/29/2008 9:36:15 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: heartwood

ahahaha—pwned


2 posted on 07/29/2008 9:39:23 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: heartwood

I saw the video once on cable. Looks to me that the bicycle guy was fixing to run over the cop. Could be either I suppose but the video is not cut and dry.


3 posted on 07/29/2008 9:39:37 AM PDT by therut
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To: heartwood

We love GOOD cops, but hate the idiot ones- and really wish the good ones would not allow the bad ones to hide within their ‘code of silence’


4 posted on 07/29/2008 9:40:08 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: heartwood
a bicyclist as he pedaled along Seventh Avenue as part of last Friday's controversial Critical Mass ride.

Critical Mass is an anarchist movement that rides to shut down roadways to cars.

They run red lights and block the traffic by their own protest.

I've had their members pound my car as they drove by and refused to let me make a legal right turn on red (they were passing on my right hand side and I was in a turn only lane).

Screw them.

5 posted on 07/29/2008 9:41:30 AM PDT by weegee (Obama loves America like Bill loves Hillary.)
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To: therut

are you looking at the same video I saw?

the officer clearly attacked the cyclist.

The cyclists are not innocent themsleves if they close down traffic on purpose for their ‘group ride’... but he could have been killed by this idiot cop


6 posted on 07/29/2008 9:42:09 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: heartwood

I’m no cop-sucker, but this guy deserves a medal. They can summarily execute the critical mass vermin for all I care.


7 posted on 07/29/2008 9:42:55 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Cthulu '08! Why vote for the lesser evil?)
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To: heartwood

Very entertaining. Thanks for posting.


8 posted on 07/29/2008 9:43:05 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: weegee

go ahead and make your turn- they are bound by the rules of the road- see if they enjoy slamming into the side of your car


9 posted on 07/29/2008 9:43:18 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: weegee

As you said re Critical Mass. Both the punk and the cop were wrong, and I won’t mourn for either of them.


10 posted on 07/29/2008 9:43:22 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: Mr. K
We love GOOD cops, but hate the idiot ones- and really wish the good ones would not allow the bad ones to hide within their ‘code of silence’

Unfortunately once a cop allows the bad ones to hide within the "code of silence" he becomes a bad cop as well.

So, in the end, there really aren't any good ones. Just bad ones and really bad ones.
11 posted on 07/29/2008 9:43:28 AM PDT by Filo (Darwin was right!)
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To: heartwood

The video is pretty bad. The cop needs a new career as does his dad, given his comments.


12 posted on 07/29/2008 9:44:19 AM PDT by JLS
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To: heartwood

Well, Pogan, being a law enforcement officer is beyond you. Maybe keeping kids from congregating near the Gap is more up to your skills and temperament.


13 posted on 07/29/2008 9:44:52 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Whale oil: the renewable biofuel for the 21st century.)
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To: heartwood
The policeman is in the wrong on this one.

While I don't condone the antics that "Critical Mass" uses, the policeman was clearly in the wrong.
Even if the cyclist called the policeman's mother a *****, the policeman was in the wrong.

14 posted on 07/29/2008 9:44:59 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: therut

hmmm....have you had your vision checked lately or do you walk the thin blue line?


15 posted on 07/29/2008 9:45:01 AM PDT by politicalwit (AKA... A Tradition Continues...Now a Hoosier Freeper)
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To: heartwood

Sometimes you just snap.


16 posted on 07/29/2008 9:45:11 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: heartwood

Cop bodychecks bicyclisg

At least it wasn’t a bicyclist!


17 posted on 07/29/2008 9:45:12 AM PDT by Gamecock (The question is not, Am I good enough to be a Christian? rather Am I good enough not to be?)
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To: Mr. K
We love GOOD cops, but hate the idiot ones- and really wish the good ones would not allow the bad ones to hide within their ‘code of silence’

Some of us are harsher than that.

ANY cop that lets a bad cop break the law and doesn't arrest him IS a bad cop.

A good cop is one that doesn't break the law and doesn't allow others to break the law. Including other cops.

But yes, by my definition, I love good cops.

18 posted on 07/29/2008 9:45:42 AM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: heartwood
I've got no sympathy for any of these cyclists. These "Critical Mass" rallies are an enormous pain in the @ss -- and involve large numbers of bicyclists who openly break the law and disrupt traffic.

Having said that, I should point out that the cop was a fool.

19 posted on 07/29/2008 9:46:08 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: heartwood
What the video doesn't show is Pogan arresting Long for attempted assault in the third degree, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct - charges that kept the Bloomfield, NJ, man behind bars for 26 hours before his release late Saturday.

And how are these charges going to stick in court considering what precipitated the interaction between cyclist and Pogan?

20 posted on 07/29/2008 9:46:11 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Bureaucracy is a parasite that preys on free thought and suffocates free spirit.)
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To: therut
Could be either I suppose but the video is not cut and dry.

You didn't look at THIS video.

The cop walks twenty feet sideways looking right at his target.

21 posted on 07/29/2008 9:47:01 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Public policy should never become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. -- Ike Eisenhower)
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To: therut

What? The guy goes all the way to the edge of the roadway to try to AVOID the cop. The cop picked him out for no apparent reason and assaulted him. There are few things worse than a thug with a badge.


22 posted on 07/29/2008 9:47:38 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
And how are these charges going to stick in court considering what precipitated the interaction between cyclist and Pogan?

IMO, they won't. Long will sue, and the taxpayers of NYC will pay the bill.

23 posted on 07/29/2008 9:48:12 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: heartwood

Sorry. This sure looks like the officers were walking to the curb and the bicyclist tried to run down the cop or intimidate him.


24 posted on 07/29/2008 9:48:14 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Who knows? Maybe what precipitated the interaction was the attempted assault on somebody else?


25 posted on 07/29/2008 9:48:18 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: heartwood
Why does Bloomburg permit this bicycle anarchy ?

26 posted on 07/29/2008 9:48:24 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: heartwood
What the cop did was bad enough but then to press charges against the cyclist and hold him in jail for 26 hours was really going over the top.

The video clearly shows the cop going after the cyclist, not vice versa. Pogan should be charged with assault (at minimum) and do some jail time himself.

27 posted on 07/29/2008 9:48:26 AM PDT by NEPA (Save a cow, tip a beer)
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To: Knitebane

I am with you 100%

A bad cop is lower than a criminal, and good cops who tolerate them become bad cops by definition too


28 posted on 07/29/2008 9:48:45 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: Just another Joe
The cop was definitely wrong here. He should have taped his badge and obscured his identity before doing something like this. :-P

If you ever want to see a very entertaining display of "renegade cops," see if you can get your hands on some of the video footage from the infamous Tompkins Square Park riot in New York City back in the 1980s. I was 100% behind those cops even though they clearly crossed the line from a legal standpoint.

29 posted on 07/29/2008 9:49:12 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: heartwood

How come there’s on sound?


30 posted on 07/29/2008 9:51:24 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: therut
"Looks to me that the bicycle guy was fixing to run over the cop."

Sorry, but from what I see on the video, this is completely cut and dried. The line of the cyclist was well to the left of the cop and moving further left. The cop actually increased his speed forward with the obvious intention of intercepting the cyclist.

You've got to try real, real hard to give the cop any room on this one.

Personally, I'd like to see him charged with assualt and placed in the same cell one of us would be in had we performed exactly the same stunt.

Cheers,
Lloyd

31 posted on 07/29/2008 9:51:41 AM PDT by Lloyd227 (and may God bless Oriana Fallaci)
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To: heartwood

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass


32 posted on 07/29/2008 9:51:46 AM PDT by weegee (Obama loves America like Bill loves Hillary.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0729081bike1.html

The cops version to the court is really ridiculous. While the bicyclists may be a royal pain, that doesn’t give cops the right to assault. He should be prosecuted.


33 posted on 07/29/2008 9:52:03 AM PDT by kenth (Just think, .000001783% of the population is screwing it all up for the rest of us.)
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To: Schnucki
How come there's no sound, I mean. :/
34 posted on 07/29/2008 9:52:05 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Eagles6

ok are you nuts?

the cop CLEARLY walked over to TARGET the bicyclist, not the other way around

do you not see the cop leap to the cyclist at the end?

are you a cop protecting another cop?


35 posted on 07/29/2008 9:52:29 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: NEPA

What had the cyclist done before the take down?

Had he JUST hopped on his bike or had he been riding awhile?

Something triggered the officer to one cyclist of many.


36 posted on 07/29/2008 9:53:24 AM PDT by weegee (Obama loves America like Bill loves Hillary.)
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To: Mr. K

Bound by the rules of the road?

They REFUSE to obey the rules of the road. If he made that turn not only might he have hist someone and lost everything in a civil suit, but he might have gotten the crap beaten out of him as happened in another city to a driver a few days ago when he encountered ‘Critical Mass’

Some of these people are violent thugs.


37 posted on 07/29/2008 9:54:25 AM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: kenth

Maybe he was giving a demonstration in why helmet laws save lives.


38 posted on 07/29/2008 9:54:24 AM PDT by weegee (Obama loves America like Bill loves Hillary.)
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To: Alberta's Child
"Having said that, I should point out that the cop was a fool. "

Correction: Having said that, you should point out that the cop is a criminal and no better than any other criminal charged with assault in NYC. Any cop that covers for him is also a criminal. Taking away his badge should be only the beginning and this man should do jail time for what was an obvious attempt to injure another human.

period

39 posted on 07/29/2008 9:54:27 AM PDT by Lloyd227 (and may God bless Oriana Fallaci)
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To: weegee
Something triggered the officer to one cyclist of many.

Or maybe it was a random assault by a criminal who thought he was above the law?
40 posted on 07/29/2008 9:55:04 AM PDT by JLS
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To: Eagles6

geez- i just looked at the video again...

you have to be very careful here- are you trying to protect a cop’s bad behavior?

He ELBOWS the cyclist CLEARLY knocking him off the bike... no grey area here


41 posted on 07/29/2008 9:56:17 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: weegee

I have no sympathy for critical mass bicyclists. The only critical mass they need to see is....< self censoring >


42 posted on 07/29/2008 9:56:57 AM PDT by lormand (Don't vote democRAT, from either party.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I wonder if the biker did something right before the vid???? Like almost cause an accident, or kickin’ a car, or somethin’ else?? Cop is still a jrk though.


43 posted on 07/29/2008 9:59:51 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: heartwood

Show me a bicyclist who obeys ALL traffic laws and I’ll like ‘em.


44 posted on 07/29/2008 10:00:09 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (The Mainstream Media Controls Our Party. Go, RINOS!)
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To: weegee

Pogan never claimed any of those things happened. His story is the cyclist targeted him which is clearly a lie.


45 posted on 07/29/2008 10:00:38 AM PDT by NEPA (Save a cow, tip a beer)
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To: Admin Moderator

Could you change the title spelling? I mean, “bicyclisg”? The embarrassment...


46 posted on 07/29/2008 10:01:27 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: heartwood

Cop deserves to lose his job... but an enjoyable video nonetheless. If only there were some way that both of them could have caught on fire, I think we’d have ‘America’s Funniest Videos’ material.


47 posted on 07/29/2008 10:02:53 AM PDT by Sloth (A domestic enemy of the Constitution will become POTUS on January 20, 2009.)
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To: heartwood

that WAS one big cop!


48 posted on 07/29/2008 10:03:12 AM PDT by TV Dinners
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To: Mr. K

We must just be cop bashers. The cop should have the right to knock people down whenever he wants. He also should have tased the camera guy, then busted the camera for good measure. That’ll teach the subjects.


49 posted on 07/29/2008 10:05:16 AM PDT by kenth (Just think, .000001783% of the population is screwing it all up for the rest of us.)
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To: heartwood

-bflv-


50 posted on 07/29/2008 10:09:10 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (Islam ... If you can't join them, beat them.)
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