In the protests against police brutality, the institution has decided to fight back with a very effective strategy. Yes, you guessed it right! They are using police brutality.
On Friday, two officers pushed a 75-year-old protestor to the ground who only went near them to return their helmet. Both the officers have been suspended and following their removal from the force, fifty-seven police officers in Buffalo, New York resigned from the emergency response team.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken notice of the incident and called it “wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful”.
The clip of this incident went viral as you can clearly see how a group of officers walk towards the man and push him unnecessarily. Two of them do it with so much force that the old man falls down and hits his head on the sidewalk which results in injuries. The officers then walk away without taking any notice of the blood around his head.
All fifty-seven officers who have resigned to show solidarity with their colleagues constitute the entire active emergency response team. They are still part of the force but they would not be participating in protests.
“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” Buffalo Police Benevolent Association president John Evans told WGRZ on Friday.
The old man has been identified as Martin Gugino and even though his injuries are serious, he is still in stable condition.
“Mr. Gugino requests privacy for himself and his family as he recovers,” said Kelly V. Zarone. “He appreciates all of the well wishes he has received and requests that any further protests continue to be peaceful.”