Two Buffalo policemen charged shoving 75 year old Man
Two buffalo policemen officers Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault after being filmed pushing a 75-year-old protester to the ground, seriously injuring him.
The DA’s office has released photos of the Buffalo cops, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, who were charged this morning with second-degree assault for pushing over a 75-year-old man at a protest.
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Aaron Torgalski Age
He is 39 years old.
Robert McCabe Age
He is 32 years old.
Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe released without Bail
Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe pleaded not guilty in Buffalo, New York. They were released without bail and face up to seven years in prison.
Pushing Martin Gugino
On Thursday, they were seen pushing Martin Gugino, who fell on the sidewalk and started bleeding.
He remains in a local hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The two policemen imposed a curfew in the city after protests since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last month.
Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, members of the emergency response team, were suspended without payment after images of the incident outside the city hall went viral.
Fifty-seven of his colleagues – the entire unit – resigned from the team in response to the suspension of officers.
On Saturday, a crowd of more than 100 supporters – including police and fire fighters – demonstrated outside Buffalo’s courtroom against the assault charges.
What do buffalo promoters say?
Erie County Attorney John Flynn said in a statement: “The two defendants, who are Buffalo police officers, pushed a protester out of the city hall, dropping him. And hit him on the sidewalk.”
He stressed that he was not taking sides in this highly publicized case.
“We are part of the same team here. We all work every day to do justice, to keep our streets safe, to keep our communities safe.
“I’m a partner with the police every day to do this. And when I have to sue one of my teammates, it doesn’t help the situation,” said Flynn.
What was the reaction?
John Evans, president of the local police union, told the Buffalo News newspaper: “Our position is that these officers were simply following orders from Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia to clean up the place.
“He doesn’t clearly specify the square of the men, 50 and under or 15 to 40 years old. They were just doing their job. I don’t know how many contacts were made. He fell in my opinion. He backed off.” ”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that the two policemen should be fired and called for the investigation to be conducted on “possible criminal charges”.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said in a statement, “We can confirm that there are emergency plans to maintain the police force and ensure public safety in our community.”
An initial statement by the Buffalo Police Department said the man – a longtime social justice activist in Buffalo, according to the rights group Push (people united for sustainable housing) – “stumbled” and fell during a “conflict over protesters “.
Police spokesman Jeff Rinaldo later attributed the statement to officers who were not directly involved in the incident.