It's led to this:
A former police officer was convicted on Thursday of lying about a confrontation with a bicyclist who was participating in a Critical Mass bike rally in Times Square in 2008 — a collision that was videotaped and became a viral presence on the Internet.
The officer, Patrick Pogan, 24, who has since resigned from the Police Department, was found guilty of one count of offering a false instrument for filing; he was acquitted of assault.
The video appeared to show how Mr. Pogan deliberately body-checked the bicyclist, Christopher Long, as he tried to ride past. Mr. Long, 31, was initially charged with attempted assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, but the charges were all dropped.
Mr. Pogan faces up to four years in prison when he is formally sentenced.