This is surely one for the books, or rather, for the flat screens.
A police officer fresh out of the academy, Patrick Pogan, filed charges in July against activist/bicyclist Christopher Long, saying Long was disorderly, that Long attempted to assault said officer, and that Long resisted arrest and otherwise acted liked a street criminal.
But as a famous sportscaster used to say: Let's go to the video, which sits above us and will play for you with a click of the arrow.
The camera clearly shows Pogan strolling over toward Long (as Long was cycling) and then grabbing Long's bicycle and shoving the bike and Long to the street.
Calling Policeman Pogan an appalling prevaricator might be, in this case, an understatement. On the other hand, there's long been a feeling in the police department that you can say almost anything you want about someone you've arrested, even if there are witnesses to the contrary all around you.
But in this age of ubiquitous videocams, lying by law enforcement officers is becoming a riskier act.
Pogan, a son, by the way, of a police officer, surrendered to authorities in Manhattan today and was arraigned on charges of misdemeanor assault and filing a false report.
Charges against Long, who had been participating in a Critical Mass pro-cyclist demonstration that fateful day last summer, had charges against him dropped.
In that last act, there was a bit of justice.