Hey “New York’s finest,” don’t forget: You work for us

On July 25 a New York City rookie cop assaulted a bicyclist participating in a Critical Mass ride. According to the New York Times, Officer Patrick Pogan has sworn a statement that the cyclist, Christopher Long, rode straight at him. Clearly, the video (seen below) shows another story. Meanwhile, Long has been charged with attempted assault of a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

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This is why cops get a bad name. This is why people hate cops. The New York City Police Department needs a reality check. Perhaps forcibly making all officers learn the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights might help. Protest is not a crime. Bicycling is not a criminal activity. Assaulting a protester is a crime.

Hiring rookie cops who have anger management problems, gigantic chips on their shoulders, and the barest possible understanding of the concept of civil rights should be a crime, and the bureaucrats that do it should be put in jail.

Here’s a second video that shows some of the tactics (and incompetence) of the NYPD in dealing with Critical Mass.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 4, 2008 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I saw this video on FARK last week. Not really very smart. As much as I support bike riding, I hate critical mass! They’ve nearly run me down in crosswalks three times, they won’t stop for people on foot, I understand protesting cars, heck I try not to drive myself, but show some respect for people who are walking, they’re obviously trying to do the same as you!

  2. Posted August 4, 2008 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    @April:

    The point of Critical Mass is different for different people.

    Some people are there to make a statement to the powers that be about alternative transportation, and they feel the best way to do that is to get in the way and break laws.

    Others feel that the law-breaking aspect should be kept to a minimum, so as not to make enemies while making the point.

    Admittedly, there’s often a fine line.

    However, I would respectfully submit that you probably wouldn’t walk into a crosswalk in front of a parade, a presidential motorcade, or a speeding ambulance. So why would you walk into a crosswalk in front of Critical Mass?

    Probably safer to walk in front of a stampede of zebras.

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