You can't get away with much in the age of YouTube, and while Critical Mass may not be everyone's cup of activist tea, that is no reason for a cop to body-check a random cyclist. "Critical Mass is a peaceful, nonviolent bicycle ride promoting the use of nonpolluting transportation," said Critical Mass participant Barbara Ross, in a statement. "There is no reason for the police to use such unprovoked violent tactics." Cyclist
Richard Vazques Christopher Long, of Hoboken, N.J then evidently had to spend 26 hours in jail for resisting arrest.
The New York Police Department has stripped the police officer of his badge and gun after the video was posted on YouTube. ::Carectomy
UPDATE: The Globe and Mail says that the police complaint says that "Long, 29, deliberately steered his bicycle into the officer, causing both of them to fall to the ground." Which sure isn't what it looks like on the video.