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.