Remember the above video? It was taped on July 25 during a Critical Mass bike ride through the city. In it, you see what appears to be a brutal bodychecking by police officer Patrick Pogan against cyclist Christopher Long. But what you might not have known was that Long was arrested after this incident. The NYPD took him in for obstructing traffic and deliberately steering into Pogan. (After the video came to light, the officer was stripped of his badge and put on desk duty.)
Well, today all charges against Long were dismissed. He’s free to ride the streets of the city once again — though we imagine that while he’s on his bike he’ll steer clear of Times Square in the future. Not that this isn’t advice any human resident of New York could have given him in the first place.