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Punk Cop Pogan Out at NYPD

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Patrick Pogan, the now FORMER cop who beefheadedly bodyslammed cyclist Christopher Long at a summer Critical Mass ride last year, was quietly dismissed from the force last week.

From the Times:

"A police officer who was videotaped knocking a man off his bicycle and onto the ground during a cycling event in Manhattan last summer has been fired, the Police Department said. Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, said the officer, Patrick Pogan, 23, was fired about 10 days ago."

Click through the jump for that fateful video, a TImes Up! statement and a helpful frame-by-frame analysis by a YouTube user:

A spokesman for Times Up said:

"The NYPD is taking a heavy hand on dealing with this police officer, but we hope that Mayor Bloomberg will direct the higher-ups at the NYPD to discontinue their pattern of dangerous tactics and selective enforcement against cyclists."

And here's how to do your very own NYPD takedown. It's easy!

After frame-by-framing this, you can see it's a classical example of the proper technique for a pedestrian to bring down a cyclist.

1) Edge the cyclist in close between you and the curb so he has no way to maneuver left or right

2) Bring your shoulder towards the cyclist's shoulder just as he's passing you so you knock him sideways but he doesn't knock you down

3) Get ready to write a very large check to reimburse for medical expenses

4) Bend over and kiss your NYPD job goodbye

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