I'm not crazy about critical mass. Infact, I don't even know the point of it all.
But by now, you must have all seen this, floating around the web on many sites.
My intuition is that the bicyclist, while out of the frame and riding towards the cop, must have yelled out some obscenity or even given the finger to the officer, Mr. Pogan.
I don't know.
The cyclist also rides a similar type of bike and come from the general direction as the other cyclists. So why was just he targeted?
Perhaps the answer is : The clip is too short and doesn't show other arrests, only one spectacular one.
While we don't quite know what may have been the real provoking element, it is quite obvious that Mr. Pogan's actions towards the cyclist was a little ridiculous and uncalled for.
A straight out, hard cold elbow at the cyclist, Chris Long, that eventually sent Long flying long over the curb at probably 10 or 15 mph.
Not only must the rider have sustained a good amount of bruises, but the officer must have also gotten hurt since in the scuffle, it may have been hard to avoid the sharp components of the bicycle, like a pedal hitting the cop's urinary system or something...
The biggest surprise of the day though, was the officer's statement against the cyclist, produced in county court.
Check it out. I've circled some statements that may or will look pretty inconsistent to a viewer of the video above.
Being neutral, I certainly was surprised and slightly entertained by the punch but what I ended up enjoying on the other hand as well was the alleged prophetic message of the cyclist during arrest.
YOU ARE PAWNS IN THE GAME. I'M GONNA HAVE YOUR JOB.
That turned into humiliation over the weekend when the officer was stripped of his badge and gun on Monday.
Whether Mr. Long will be given the cop's badge and gun remains yet to be seen.