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NY Officer Famous for Shoving Cyclist During Critical Mass Has Been Fired

The story of (former) NYC police officer Patrick Pogan shoving cyclist Christopher Long off of his bicycle during Critical Mass has achieved widespread media attention simply because of the clear video evidence of the actions. With criminal charges against Pogan pending, he was first placed on a desk job and is now no longer a member of the NYC police force. The police department says he was fired, Pogan claims he resigned, but the important part is that this guy doesn’t have a badge and a state-issued gun anymore, and hopefully some other impressionable officers have seen another example of having to hold themselves to a higher standard.

As reported by the NY Times:

Mr. Browne [chief spokesman for the New York Police Department] said on Thursday that the firing stemmed directly from the events involving Mr. Long, which took place on July 25 during a monthly event known as Critical Mass, in which hundreds of cyclists ride through the city to advocate nonpolluting forms of transportation.

Read the whole story here.

8 Comments

  1. AlexFebruary 20, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Justice at last!

  2. Tony BullardFebruary 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I hope he gets some jail time. What he did was straight up assault, no question. Loosing his job is a given, he needs to be punished for his actions.

  3. unixd0rkFebruary 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    good.

  4. mark nealFebruary 20, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    well i must say thats great news !!! I am glad he is not able to bully people just because of his badge and gun !!! Long live the cyclist and the critical mass rides !!! Its time we take over and make the world a better, less polluted and greener place !!!

  5. rogbieFebruary 21, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Now if only the 4 cops that beat a guy senseless here, in Denver, would get the same treatment. The streets might be safer.

  6. Cop shoves biker, loses job! « angelhill.net/lifeFebruary 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    [...] During Critical Mass in NYC this summer, a cop ran towards a biker and shoved him onto the curb for no reason what so ever, causing that dude some injury. But since everyone likes to film everything these days, this seemingly pointless act was captured on camera and it seems that the cop has now been fired, with the shoving incident being the reason behind it. Read more. [...]

  7. JohnnyFebruary 23, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Kick @ss. :)

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