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by Peter Moskos

December 16, 2008

Bicyclist-Assaulting Officer Indicted

I'm quick to give police the benefit of the doubt. I rarely feel good when an officer gets criminally charged. But an unprovoked assault on someone that could have been me? F**k 'im.

I've written about this incident before.

The big offense, interestingly, isn't for assaulting the guy. Early reports are that he's just going to get a misdemeanor bang on that. Officer Pogan is going to get fired for creative writing in the felonious degree.

According to the New York Times:
Officer Pogan arrested Mr. Long and charged him with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. In his police report, Officer Pogan wrote that Mr. Long was obstructing vehicular traffic as he rode southbound on Seventh Avenue. After instructing Mr. Long to stop, Officer Pogan wrote, Mr. Long rammed him with his bicycle, causing the officer to fall to the ground and receive cuts on his forearms. Mr. Long then resisted arrest, Officer Pogan wrote.

Who would have ever thought that there might be somebody with a camera? It's not like it was Times Square.... Oh, wait.


jeff said...

I still say that we (the public) don't know all the facts. I won't and still don't believe that an officer would take on a guy riding a bicycle. The officer had to be given some type of order over the radio to stop this bicyclist. There should be some type of radio recordings.

PCM said...

Jeff, I bet all your dealings with police have been in a pretty nice areas. I say that because I know a police officer could do this. Not most police officers, mind you. But some? No doubt. If you go to some other police blogs, they'll be very happy to tell you as much.

The proof is simply in the officer's arrest report. If he was ordered to stop this bicyclist, he would've put it in his report. He didn't. Because there was no cause.

The officer was pissed off because he couldn't control the situation and these punk-ass biker kids where disrespecting his (brand new) police authority.

Gusgamashuq Abunoori said...

Jeff is so naive. Sorry Jeff. Come out and smell the roses.

jeff said...

Naive no. Just someone that was give some additional information. UNknown if it is is true or not.