NEW YORK -- A judge has dismissed criminal charges against the bicyclist who was body-checked by a New York City policeman in a widely viewed YouTube video.
Christopher Long was charged with resisting arrest after the incident on July 25 during a Critical Mass ride through Times Square. The monthly bike rides are held around the world to draw attention to alternatives to motor vehicles.
The charges were dismissed in court on Friday.
Police said the Hoboken, N.J., cyclist was arrested because he was obstructing traffic and deliberately steered his bicycle into an officer.
After the video emerged showing the policeman knocking Long to the ground, the officer, Patrick Pogan, was stripped of his badge and gun and assigned to desk duty. The Police Department is investigating.
The video had been viewed some 1.5 million times on YouTube as of July 27.