Patrick Pogan, the New York policeman filmed shoving a cyclist from his bike during a Critical Mass ride has been fired by the New York Police Department.
According to the Associated Press (AP) news agency he lost his job 10 days ago – although Mr Pogan's lawyers dispute this and claim that he resigned to concentrate on preparing his defence.
Ex officer Pogan is charged with assault and filing false paperwork – both offences carry a possible prison sentence. Pogan originally arrested the cyclist and claimed Christopher Long had assaulted him and resisted arrest. When the case came to court Long's defence produced the film of the incident resulting in all charges being dropped and Pogan being arrested.
Speaking to AP, Stuart London, one of Mr Pogan's lawyers said of the reported firing: “They make errors all the time”. Mr. London said of the Police Department’s assertion that Mr. Pogan had been fired that Mr. Pogan resigned “to concentrate his efforts on fighting the criminal charges that are against him,” Mr. London said, “so that when he is ultimately acquitted he can reapply to the Police Department.” The shoving incident, which gained widespread attention after it was videotaped and posted on YouTube, embarrassed the Police Department. The video has been viewed on YouTube nearly 2 million times.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.