Critical Mass Bicyclist Assaulted by NYPD

According to a report in the New York Times, a trial is now underway for a NYC police officer who body-checked a cyclist during critical mass in July of 2008.

Patrick Pogan, 24, who has since resigned from the NYPD, stands charged with assault and falsifying documents, after allegedly body-checking a cyclist during critical mass, then signing and submitting a false report of the incident.  A video of the assault, which is shown after the break, surfaced after a tourist uploaded it to YouTube, and it became clear that what Mr. Pogan had written in his report of the incident was a far cry from what actually happened. After an investigation into the matter, the district attorney dropped charges against the cyclist and brought assault charges against Pogan, who had been on the force just 11 days at the time of the incident. He was assigned to desk duty and resigned shortly thereafter.