Charges dismissed against cyclist in YouTube shove

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York judge has dismissed charges against a bicyclist who was seen being body checked and knocked to the pavement by a police officer in a widely viewed YouTube video.

New Jersey resident Christopher Long was arrested in July during a Critical Mass bicycle ride through Manhattan's Times Square. The monthly bike rides are held around the world to draw attention to alternatives to motor vehicles.

Police claimed the 29-year-old was arrested because he was obstructing traffic and deliberately steered his bicycle into an officer. But the video shows officer Patrick Pogan shoving Long as Long tried to steer out of the way.

Pogan has been assigned to desk duty and police say they're still investigating.

The video has been some 1.5 million times since it was posted on YouTube soon after the incident.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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