Two police officers in Buffalo are suspended after a video shows them pushing an elderly man to the ground
Two Buffalo police officers are suspended unpaid after video shows pushing 75-year-old man before staggering and creaking his head on the sidewalk – while Cuomo blames police actions for “utterly disgraceful”
- Shocking video shows two Buffalo agents in riot gear pushing a man to the floor
- The unidentified 75-year-old staggers before falling on his head
- The sound of a squat can be heard and blood is then leaked from his head
Two police officers in Buffalo, New York, have been suspended without payment after a video showing them pushing a 75-year-old man to the ground, while protests against the murder of George Floyd’s police continued into their tenth night.
The images taken by a reporter from the local public radio station WBFO and posted online show the white-haired man approaching a row of officers in riot gear.
An officer pushes him with a baton and a second pushes him with his hand.
The sound of a squat can be heard and then blood is leaked from the man’s head.
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An elderly man was approached on Thursday by Buffalo police officers in riot gear outside City Hall
Shocking video showed two officers inexplicably pushing him before he staggers and falls to the ground
The sound of a squat can be heard on the video before blood drips from the man’s head
The man has not been identified.
The video shows the majority of officers marching past, although the officer who pushed the man with the baton begins to lean over him before being sent away by another officer.
Then someone is heard calling a doctor.
The radio station reported that two doctors came forward and assisted the man in an ambulance.
WBFO later reported on Twitter that the two agents involved in the incident had been suspended unpaid and an internal business investigation is ongoing.
The injured man is in a stable condition at a hospital in Buffalo, according to the radio station.
“I was deeply alarmed by the video,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in a statement.
“After days of peaceful protests and several encounters between myself, police leaders and community members, the event tonight is daunting.”
The incident drew widespread social media conviction when protesters returned to the streets of several U.S. cities to demonstrate against police brutality.
Many of the officers marched on, while two officers leaned over to check on the man
Governor Cuomo responded to the incident on Twitter, calling it “ downright disgraceful ”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo condemned the incident as “utterly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.”
He also said on Twitter that he spoke to Mayor Brown and agreed to suspend the agents involved pending a formal investigation.
He wrote, “Police officers must uphold the law – DO NOT ABUSE.”
WIVB-TV reports that the Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person ‘was injured when he stumbled and fell.’
But Captain Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal business investigation had been opened.
Later on Thursday, newscasts reported that Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood had suspended two officers without payment.
The New York Attorney General’s office, Letitia James, tweeted that they are aware of the video.