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Old 04-19-10, 12:47 PM   #1
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ex-NYPD cop Patrick Pogan's trial starts today

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The first witnesses are being called today in the trial of a former city police officer accused of knocking a cyclist to the ground.

Patrick Pogan faces five charges, including two felonies, alleging he falsified records regarding the 2008 arrest of Christopher Long.

A jury of six men and nine women have been seated to hear the charges.

Long was riding in a Critical Mass bike ride in Times Square when Pogan arrested him for assault.

Those charges were later dropped when a video appeared on YouTube showing the then officer bodychecking Long to the ground without any apparent provocation.

Pogan was later fired for filing the false report.

The defense argues that Pogan did not intentionally file a false report but that it was his first time filling out a warrant and he made a mistake.

Pogan's lawyers also argue that Long was not wearing a helmet and riding erratically when he was stopped.

Long is also suing the New York City Police Department for $1.5 million, alleging Pogan tried to cover up the incident.
http://www.ny1.com/5-manhattan-news-...-assault-trial
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Old 04-19-10, 12:58 PM   #2
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Pogan's lawyers also argue that Long was not wearing a helmet and riding erratically when he was stopped.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chewbacca_defense
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Old 04-19-10, 06:54 PM   #3
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Chewbacca Defense! Brilliant!

Thankfully there was a video of the incident or the results would have been much different. The cyclist would be the one on trial and the Nazi thug...er, I should say Police Officer would be receiving a medal for his "bravery". You wouldn't hear anything about it and the biker would have been charged and probably convicted of resisting arrest for trying to defend himself against the criminal cop. Long would wind up in jail or on probation and Patty Pogan would be a "hero".

Hearing this BS about Pogan being a "clueless rookie" and that his attack was warranted because the rider was "not wearing a helmet and riding erratically" is a total joke. He was so concerned about the guy's safety that he tried to kill him for not wearing a helmet? Sounds like a reasonable defense...

Pogan graduated from the academy so he was well trained and should have known that it's not okay to slam people to the ground for no reason and file a false report afterwards. The video clearly shows Pogan's attack was completely unprovoked. The cop is very fortunate the cyclist wasn't severely injured or killed, although if Long was killed I'm sure they would have "found" a gun on him or something to justify Pogan's actions.

Either way, I'm sure this cop will get off with a slap on the wrist for the attack. The false report will most likely land him in even bigger trouble. Thank God for cheap camera phones! I really hope this guy gets a free trip to the Greybar Hotel with complimentary orange bathrobe!

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OMG, treating Critical Mass like a party, throw the book at the cyclists. Sheesh.
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[QUOTE=randya;10692767]Pogan's lawyers also argue that Long was not wearing a helmet[QUOTE]

Pogan should have shot him then in order to save him from himself. Obviously he's a criminal.
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