Officer Who Attacked Cyclist is Charged

You may recall us posting this video in July, where a New York cop "toppled" a cyclist participating in a critical mass ride. While bikes are quick, the wheels of justice are slow, but they finally got around to deciding what to do about this. According to the New York Times, a grand jury has indicted the officer, Patrick Pogan, who did the deed.

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Christoper Long, attackee, by John Marshall of the New York Times

The lawyer for Pogan still says that his client was justified. "My client denies any wrongdoing in this matter," Mr. London said in an interview Monday afternoon. "I would have people withhold judgment until all the evidence comes out about the bicyclist's actions prior to my client taking action."

But the video tells a very different story. As we saw in Vancouver with the disgraceful Robert Dziekanski "toppling", the development of cellphone and flip cameras, the internet and YouTube gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "checks and balances." Don't ride your bike without one.

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