Video Central To Former NYPD Officer’s Trial

A former New York City police officer who said he was deliberately rammed by a rowdy cyclist demonstrating in Times Square is headed for trial on charges of lying about the incident. Patrick Pogan was arrested after a witness’ video showed him clearly body-checking the cyclist to the ground. The video was posted online. The case, set to begin on Monday, spotlights the growing prevalence of witness and surveillance video in law enforcement in an era of YouTube and cell-phone cameras. But the trial likely will also raise questions about whether such videos show the full picture.