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Sometimes the ones who are given the most public trust and responsibility are the ones who most brazenly violate it…

Posted by iusbvision on July 29, 2008

Sometimes the ones who are given the most public trust and responsibility are the ones who most brazenly violate it… while enjoying protection from some of their peers.

UPDATE: 9/5/2008 WABC Radio reports that the charges against Chris Long, the bicyclist who was the victim of police brutality, has had all charges dropped against him. The officer involved has been reassigned pending an investigation.

Hat Tip

What the video doesn’t show is Pogan arresting Long for attempted assault in the third degree, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct – charges that kept the Bloomfield, N.J. man behind bars for 26 hours before his release late Saturday…

Adding insult to injury, the criminal complaint drafted by Pogan bears little resemblance to what was witnessed by onlookers and recorded on video.In court papers, Pogan accused Long of purposely swerving his bicycle to block traffic and then using it as a weapon to run down the officer, knocking him off his feet and causing a “laceration” on his forearm.

Does this police officer look like he was run down and knocked over by the bicyclist? Or was it the other way around? The video yeilds an obvious answer. The second officer had to have gone along with the cover up of Officer Pogan’s crime.

Our friends at ask:

Exit quotation: “If it wasn’t caught on video people would not have believed it.”

Exactly. No one expects a person in the public trust to be so brazen in the abuse of that trust. It is hard to believe it when it happens. So when the obscure man is violated who believes him? How are his rights protected? This is a situation many falsely accused students are put into every day. If the victim does fight back the perpetrators peers circle the wagons against the victim.

If there was no publicized video of this crime: the bicyclist would have been railroaded and you can be certain that Officer Pogan’s partner would have perjured himself in a court of law to make the injustice stick. You can bet that the NYPD would have backed their lying officers 100% and even the prosecutor would have been more aggressive in his prosecution. Internal affairs would have concluded that it was two officers word against a malcontent kid from a critical mass bike ride so it is no a no brainer that the bike rider is a liar who is just trying to cause even more trouble. “After all”, asks internal affairs, “why would two of New York’s finest conspire against you…a kid they don’t even know?”

Perhaps even the judge would have imposed a stiffer sentence after finding him guilty all because the victim tried to defend himself in court with his “outrageous story”.

A member of the administration once told me to my face “a student’s word is never as good as a professors”… in this case a critical mass bike rider’s word is never as good as two of New York’s finest and if it were not for a good citizen with a video camera, they would have gotten away with it.

In the case of Keith Sampson at IUPUI, it was the AAO/diversity office that was committing the crime. The very same people who were charged with protecting Sampson from illegal discrimination were using illegal discrimination against him. The IUPUI administration circled the wagons against Sampson, even the Black Faculty and Staff Council rose up against him. IUPUI public relations was even attacking Sampson in the press. Fortunately great outside forces intervened and the truth was told. I wish this ordeal was over for Sampson, but efforts to isolate him and make him feel unwelcome by some at IUPUI continue.

Chuck Norton

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