Cyclist Suing NYPD Over YouTubed Body Check

Seeking $1.5 million

A cyclist who was violently slammed off his bike by a rookie NYPD officer is suing the department for $1.5 million, according to a report.

Christopher Long, 30, is expected to file the suit today, almost a year after the confrontation was caught on video and published on YouTube.

NYPD Takedown of Critical Mass Bicyclist

The suit alleges that the first-year officer, Patrick Pogan, tried to conceal the facts about last summer's incident, The Daily News reported.

Long rode his bike through Times Square with the cycling activist group Critical Mass when Pogan delivered the hockey-style shoulder check, sending the rider crashing to the ground.

Long, who now works on a farm in Wisconsin, was arrested for assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. But after the video made its way to YouTube and showed Long did nothing to provoke the officer, Pogan was fired for filing a false report.

"Nobody would have cried foul if it wasn't for that video," Long's lawyer, Jonathan Moore, told The Daily News.

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