In a week when police brutality is the only topic being discussed, Buffalo police were seen shoving a 75-year-old man who fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head.
Two medics came forward and treated him. They helped put him in an ambulance and he was taken away. The man, whom The Buffalo News has identified as Martin Gugino of Amherst, is in serious, but stable condition in hospital, reportedly with a concussion and lacerations. Erie County
In the video, shot by station WBFO, several officers are seen walking past the man as he lay bleeding on the ground. An image captured on social media moments earlier showed the man returning a helmet to an officer. Officers are heard shouting “push him back” when the shove occurs.
Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood had ordered the immediate suspension of the two officers involved, without pay. The officers have not been formally identified, but the name plate of one is visible in the video. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown issued a statement saying he was “deeply disturbed by the video”: