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Cyclist Slammed During Critical Mass Files Suit Against NYPD

Following up on the story from last July where rookie NYPD officer Patrick Pogan was caught on video throwing cyclist Christopher Long to the ground, the most recent twist is a $1.5 million lawsuit filed by Long against the NYPD for various violations of his rights and efforts to cover up the incident. Since the video surfaced Officer Pogan was first stripped of his badge and gun and eventually dismissed from the police force. In addition to the recent suit regarding this case, New York’s Times Up! has information about three other recent cases involving cyclists suing over alleged violations of the Constitutional rights and falsification of court documents.


  1. MattJuly 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    It’d be cool if he won and donated the money to various cycling advocacy and awareness organizations. Kind of douchey if it’s just about a butthurt ego and greed, though. It would be taxpayer’s money, after all.

  2. EricJuly 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    That cop should be in prison. Always have recording equipment running when you are out. I trust no cop.

  3. CressersJuly 14, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Good for the cyclist! I hope that the case is sucessful. It is only when the cost of wrongdoing is felt that there is any incentive to deal with it.

  4. tim zJuly 14, 2009 at 8:20 am

    get paid!

  5. Mad Jack McMadJuly 14, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Yes it is taxpayers’ money, and the cops keep wasting it by indulging in their sick little power trips and violence kicks.

  6. MattJuly 14, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    The NYPD can be censured in other ways.
    Taking a huge chunk out of their budget will only lead to worse cops on the street with inferior training. Get ready for more Pogan.

  7. c.bittermanJuly 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Matt – Bad cops aren’t caused by budgetary problems. Hiring angry douchebags who don’t recognize that their coercive power is (or ought to be) accompanied by a sense of responsibility to be cops is why there are bad cops. The absence of independent accountability is why there are bad cops. A poisonous ‘us vs. them’ culture within most police departments is why there are bad cops. Pogan should be strung up, and I hope the cyclist wins his suit.

  8. MattJuly 15, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I know it’s awesome to hate cops and all, but I fail to see how the situation improves if a massive chunk of the police budget goes squarely into dude’s pocket. Pogan was fired last year — that’s about all the police dept. can do. Long needed to file a criminal charge against him (I sure as hell would have), or at least sue him personally for damages. As far as I know, though, there were no medical bills or loss of employment incurred from the assault (please correct me if I’m wrong) so where does this number 1.5 million come from?
    Yes, budget cuts do affect the quality of police training by which lesser cops are allowed to abuse their authority on the streets. I saw it happen myself when I lived in New York in the 90′s. Enlightened instructors and social awareness programs are the first things to go when the belt tightens. The fact of the matter is that we need cops and we need them to be well trained.
    As I said in my first comment, I do want Long to win, but I don’t think he needs any money out of this. If anything, that money should go to bicycle advocacy, not his bank account.

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