Cop who shoved Critical Mass biker ready to face assault charge
December 15, 2008
By: Jonathan Lemire
The rookie cop who body-slammed a cyclist at a demonstration in Times Square has been indicted for assault and will surrender Tuesday, law enforcement sources said.
Officer Patrick Pogan, who knocked over Christopher Long during a Critical Mass demonstration in July, will turn himself in at Manhattan Criminal Court just days after he was indicted on charges of assault and filing a false report.
Pogan had drafted a criminal complaint claiming that the bicyclist tried to run him down – an account contradicted by a YouTube video that shows the cop targeting the bicyclist and shoving him to the ground.
“We hope it’s a message to police officers that when they swear out a complaint, they need to tell the truth,” said David Rankin, Long’s lawyer.
“If you lie, you’re criminally liable,” said Rankin, who noted Long is on a cross-country bike trip. “We’re glad the city is taking this seriously.”
Pogan arrested Long, 29, for assault and disorderly conduct. Those charges have been dropped. Pogan, 22, is the son of an NYPD detective. He had been on the job just three weeks before the incident. His lawyer, Stuart London, did not return calls for comment.