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.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.