Cyclist sues New York Police over body slam video incident

$1.5m dollars sought for cop's falsifying of reports

by Tony Farrelly   July 8, 2009  

New York cop video shove

The cyclist captured on video being barged from his bike by a police officer during a Critical Mass rally in New York last year is suing the New York Police Department for $1.5m.

The ex-police officer, Patrick Pogan who was caught on camera last year body slamming cyclist Christopher Long to the floor during the Critical Mass rally last year. After knocking Long, 30, from his bike Pogan who had only been on the force a matter of weeks arrested him for assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest – claiming in his reports that Long had been weaving through traffic and had refused to stop. The truth was only revealed when the case got to court and Long's defence lawyers produced the video – showing the truth to be very different.

Pogan was dismissed from the NYPD in February for making false police reports – Long's lawyers are now suing the police over these reports – citing the psychological trauma he suffered as a result. Long now lives and works on a farm in rural Wisconsin.

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$1.5mil is a lot but hey, go for it, they should take their recruitment more seriously and not employ people who are as unstable as this officer.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
8th July 2009 - 9:28


$1.5m is a lot but big numbers are the only way to get big organisations' attention and to get them to take on board that they need to tighten up their recruitment and training procedures - this guy had only just started working as a copy and already he was abusing his power, surely he should have been weeded out as being someone with the wrong sort of personality to be a policeman long before a tourist with a video camera demonstrated the fact.

Imagine what would have happened to that cyclist if by chance someone hadn't happened to be shooting what looks like a bit of holiday footage as he went past?

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
8th July 2009 - 12:48


I have to say, I reckon it's a lot to do with the compensation and suing culture of the US. I mean, the cop certainly deserved to be sacked and the cyclist has every right to sue for assault and wrongful arrest, but $1.5 million is simply ridiculous. I don't belileve that stuff about the cyclist being so damaged by the event that he has to go and live on a farm, far from the madding crowd. If he'd stopped a bullet from the cop and had to undergo emergency surgery then the sum would be about right. But I can't help thinking he's a big baby if he goes crying off to the countryside and expects this sort of payout.


posted by OldRidgeback [2583 posts]
8th July 2009 - 21:29