The 75-year-old protester, who has been pressed to the ground by the police, leaves the hospital
Martin Gugino (pictured) was released four months after a brain injury during a protest in Buffalo
The 75-year-old peace activist who opened his head and suffered a brain injury after being pushed to the ground by a Buffalo police force four weeks ago in a protest against Black Lives Matter, was released from the hospital and recovered in a ‘secret location’ .
Two weeks ago, Martin Gugino’s attorney Kelly Zarcone said the older man would not return home after “disturbing and threatening messages and one letter” sent to his home raised fears about his safety.
“It is not clear whether these are credible death threats,” said Zarcone at the time.
Monday, when Gugino was released, Zarcone said ABC news: ‘Martin thanks the entire hospital staff for their exceptional commitment and professionalism. He really received extraordinary care and he is grateful for that. ‘
The cancer patient has been hospitalized since June 4 when two Buffalo agents pushed him to the curb.
After the incident, agents Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski were arrested and charged with second-degree assault after being caught pushing Gugino to the ground, opening his head onto the sidewalk and leaving him in a pool of his own. blood.
The footage went viral on social media and caused outrage that police brutality had occurred in a peaceful protest in which protesters had gathered to put an end to police brutality and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd’s Memorial Day who died from a white Minneapolis agent.
McCabe and Torgalski were suspended and will face up to seven years in prison if convicted of a Class D crime.
They both pleaded innocent and were released without bail to return to court on July 20.
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The cancer patient (pictured on June 4) has been in the hospital since June 4 when two Buffalo agents pushed him to the curb during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Buffalo
The footage went viral on social media, causing outrage that police brutality had occurred in a peaceful protest in which protesters had rallied to end police brutality and systemic racism after Memorial Day’s death by George Floyd
DA John Flynn said the two agents “crossed the line” and “broke the law” when he announced the charges in early June.
He added that Gugino was simply “a harmless 75-year-old man” and said the seriousness of the charges was necessary because New York law states that if the victim is 65 or older and the perpetrator is 10 years younger than she then it is classified as a crime.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed the allegations after saying the images had made him “physically ill.”
“I was sick with my stomach … it was the same feeling I had 90 of the previous nights when I got the death toll for coronavirus. I was nauseous physically, ”he said of the footage when it was released.
Last month, President Donald Trump made the unsubstantiated claim that Gugino is a “provocateur” of Antifa and even claimed that the elderly victim had staged the incident.
The Buffalo protester pushed by the police may be an ANTIFA provocateur. Martin Gugino, 75, was pushed away after scanning the police to darken the equipment, “the president said in a tweet on June 9.
Trump has been criticized for his remarks and has been accused of having established an “ unfounded conspiracy theory. ”
Cuomo called his remarks “objectionable” and “completely unacceptable”.
Last month, President Donald Trump made the unsubstantiated claim that Gugino (pictured) is an Antifa “provocateur” and even claimed that the elderly victim had staged the incident
Aaron Torgalski (left) and Robert McCabe (right) were each charged with one attack in the second degree
At the first hearing of McCabe and Torgalski on June 6, hundreds of non-uniformed colleagues gathered outside the city court as a show of solidarity to the police and greeted them with a hero welcome when they were released (photo)
Gugino’s lawyer has insisted that Gugino have no connection with Antifa.
Law enforcement officers have also sided with their two colleagues.
At the first McCabe and Torgalski hearing on June 6, hundreds of uniformed officers gathered outside the city council in solidarity with the police and greeted them with a heroic welcome when they were released.
This came after the entire Buffalo Police emergency response team resigned in outrage at the suspension of the two officers without payment.
All 57 officers of the Emergency Response Team resigned the day after the incident.
The Buffalo Police Benevolent Association said the resignation came as a sign of “disgust” over the treatment of their two colleagues, but some officers later questioned those allegations.
More recently, New York City, gripped by weeks of protests that looted shops, lit fireworks, smeared images with paint, and increasing crime, including shootings, voted to cut $ 1 billion from the NYPD budget.
The cut, caused by a $ 9 billion shortfall in city revenues due to the coronavirus blockade, cancels the recruitment of 1,163 new officers, scrapes $ 484 million from the overtime budget, and transfers $ 354 million to other services – including control of the safety of the school from the NYPD to the Department of Education.
The controversial budget was passed with 32 votes in favor and an unusually large 17 votes against just before the midnight deadline after hours of delays.
The budget also includes significant cuts to other services, including a hiring freeze for all departments except emergency services, $ 1 billion in ‘labor savings’, the scrapping of a scheme that lowers transportation rates for the underprivileged, and the scrapping of a composting program.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has warned that 22,000 workers in the city may lose their jobs in October when a new class of police officers will start training despite Tuesday’s cut if no other savings can be found.