Apr 26

While Youtube has gone a long way in helping cops to catch criminals by watching user recorded footage of crimes in action, it seems it has also turned the tables on the bad attitudes and actions of law enforcement. A better known case of Youtube catching the criminal catcher is the case of Patrick Pogan who was seen in a largely watched Youtube video where he tackled and body slammed a bicyclist in 2008.┬áThe 24 year old officer has since resigned from New York City police department but still faces up to 4 years in prison if convicted. While a lot of cops enjoy ‘making the news’ this isn’t the way they would normally choose to do so.

It started out with Pogan being chosen in the summer of 2008 as one of the officers sent to monitor Critical Mass, a bicycle rally that has thousands of bikes riding across cities all over the world once a month. At the event, Pogan was videotaped by tourist as he seemingly picked out a cyclist, Christopher Long, at random. He is then seen on the videotape walking slowly towards Long. Allegedly and without prior warning he is then seen knocking Long to the pavement. After arresting Long, Pogan writes in his report that he perceived Long has having rode recklessly through the traffic of the area he was monitoring and that Long had ignored his request to stop and had then tried to run into Pogan with his bicycle.

With this clip being viewed on Youtube more than two million times, Pogans actions drew condemnation and doubt. While Pogan sticks with his story, what may make it harder to ingest is that another person had taken another video of this same activity that day. The other clip was taken from someone who was riding behind Christopher long. The clip which only showed Long doing little beside riding his bike and cheering, was showed to the court according to the times.

Long has since settled his lawsuit with New York City that he filed because of the incident.

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