Officer Who Attacked Cyclist Is Fired. Or Quit. Whatever, He's Gone.
Last July, TreeHugger wrote about the incident: Cop Attacks Cyclist, Charges Him with "Resisting Arrest" and in December, Officer Who Attacked Cyclist is Charged.
Now the New York Times reports that Patrick Pogan has been fired, although his lawyer says he has resigned "to concentrate his efforts on fighting the criminal charges that are against him, so that when he is ultimately acquitted he can reapply to the Police Department."
Keith Olberman covers the event
His lawyer, Stuart London, claims the video doesn't tell the whole story. According to CNN:
London said part of his client's defense will consist of questioning the police department's training procedures, and he said events that preceded what is seen on the video should be taken into account.
"The video tells a small portion of what happened," he said.
Pogan arrested Long on disorderly conduct and other charges and filed paperwork saying Long intentionally rode his bike into the officer. But District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said the video "showed Pogan singling out Long and purposely body-checking Long off the bike."
If convicted on the felony charges of falsifying business records and offering a "false instrument" for filing, Pogan could be sentenced to four years in prison. The other charges carry a penalty of up to a year in jail.