Updated 04/29/2010 09:33 PM
Former Officer Found Not Guilty Of Assaulting Cyclist
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A former city police officer was found not guilty Thursday of assaulting a cyclist during a rally in Times Square two years ago.
Patrick Pogan was also cleared on harassment charges, but convicted on charges of falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing.
Pogan had been on the job just 10 days when he collided with a cyclist during a Critical Mass protest in 2008.
Each side claimed the other instigated the confrontation.
In the end, it came down to the court complaint Pogan signed, saying the cyclist was to blame.
"The problem with the complaint was above his signature was a line that said false statements made herein are punishable by up to one year in jail. It happens to be a police officer's job to sign that document," said Pogan's attorney, Stuart London. "We still maintain that clearly the sergeant filled out the online booking report and and the words in the complaint were the same words in the online booking report."
"This will have a chilling effect on every young new police officer who proudly goes out on that street when they realize mistakes now become crimes," said PBA President Pat Lynch. "This was an officer with 10 days on the street who went out to do the right thing, brand new and circumstances worked against him."
The incident has been viewed millions of times on YouTube.
Pogan is due back in court on June 23 for sentencing.
He faces a maximum of four years in prison.