For those not familiar with Critical Mass, it's a semi-regular event in cities for cyclists who want to assert their right to the road. And while the Critical Mass website claims "CM is intended to be a celebration, not an opportunity to cause trouble. Those who want to try to tie up traffic as much as possible and be confrontational with motorists are missing the point," that message is often lost to many of the cyclists. Probably because a lot of cyclists are absolute dickheads.
Still, that doesn't necessarily justify a cop singling out a rider and slamming him into the pavement.
A rookie NYPD cop was stripped of his badge and gun Monday after a stunning video caught him slamming a bicyclist to the ground in an apparent unprovoked attack. Officer Patrick Pogan, 22, of the Midtown South Precinct, was bounced to desk duty soon after the video of Friday's incident in Times Square appeared on YouTube…
Critical Mass and Time's Up! – which advocate for environmental issues with the monthly protest ride – have long complained about NYPD harassment. Police officials said the groups disrupt traffic and lack permits. "Cyclists here already face enough obstacles – law enforcement shouldn't be one of them," said City Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn), a supporter of biker rights.
I agree. Cops shouldn't have to injure cyclists during Critical Mass events. That's for angry motorists to do. We need more grassroots vigilantism to keep those bastards in their place. That place being sprawled out on the sidewalk.