Charges Were Dropped Against The Buffalo Police Officers Who Violently Shoved A 75-Year-Old Protester
After video of the encounter went viral, police initially told reporters the man had “tripped and fell” without making any mention of the officers’ role.
Felony charges were dropped Thursday against two police officers in Buffalo, New York, who violently shoved a 75-year-old protester, causing him to fall, hit his head on the sidewalk, and bleed from his ear, officials said.
Graphic video of the incident captured by local NPR station WBFO showed the moment officers shoved the peace activist during a Black Lives Matter protest in June, and quickly went viral. The footage shows the man, Martin Gugino, walking up to police officers as they begin to yell “Move!” and “Push him back!” while enforcing a city curfew.
“I make no apologies for it and, if I had to do it again, I’d do the same thing without any questions about it,” he said.
Gugino, who was described by friends and family as a peaceful protester, was treated for a head injury and loss of consciousness.
Police had initially told reporters Gugino “tripped and fell,” without making any mention of the officers’ role.
The incident sparked widespread condemnation, including from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called the incident “wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.”
During Thursday’s news conference, Flynn said the grand jury was presented with all the relevant evidence, but noted that the proceedings are secret.
Two of the officers seen in the video, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, had faced second-degree assault charges, but a grand jury that reviewed the cases voted to dismiss them, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said at a news conference Thursday.