Cuomo Blasts Buffalo PD After Footage Captures 75-Year-Old Protestor Being Shoved to the Ground

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is expressing deep concern about the footage capturing the behavior of multiple officers with the Buffalo Police Department.

Late Thursday night, Cuomo took to Twitter to voice his concerns about the footage captured in Buffalo, New York.

The Democratic governor tweeted, “This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful. I’ve spoken with Buffalo [Mayor Byron Brown] and we agree that the officers involved should be immediately suspended pending a formal investigation. Police Officers must enforce — NOT ABUSE — the law.”

Cuomo’s tweet comes amid the circulation of the footage showing a 75-year-old man being shoved to the ground by two Buffalo police officers.

A cracking sound can be heard as the man hits the ground. Blood can also be seen draining from the man’s ear after he hits the concrete.

When one of the officers attempted to stop and assist the man, another officer gestured for him to keep walking. Officers continued to ignore and walk past the ailing man as he lays injured on the ground.

In wake of heightened backlash, local Buffalo officials are calling the officers to be held accountable for the man’s injuries.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released a statement about the footage where he criticized the law enforcement agency. Although the Buffalo Police Department initially claimed the man “tripped and fell,” Poloncarz insists the video “sickens” him.

“I’ve seen videos of the incident in front of Buffalo’s City Hall in which an older protester appears to have been shoved by police, fell backwards and suffered a serious head injury. It sickens me. I’ve confirmed he is at ECMC in stable condition. My thoughts are with him now,” he tweeted.

As of Thursday afternoon, the two officers involved are now suspended from the Buffalo Police Department without pay. Mayor Byron Brown said that the man is “in serious but stable condition at a local hospital,” as NBC News reports.

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  1. The old fart should not have been at the protest. He got what he asked for.

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  3. This is an outrage!!! I think I’ll round up my suburban white neighbors and break windows, steal booze, TV’s and jewelry, then burn the buildings down to show unity with BLM. That will make things better for sure.

    1. Make sure you go to their neighborhoods and businesses – just to be fair.

  4. 75 year old Martin Gugino is the face of a REAL American hero.

    57 “thin blue line” cops resigned from their special task force after 2 were suspended over the push incident. Good riddance. Get off the force entirely. Go on, QUIT!

    1. Being old and getting pushed over does not make one a hero. People like you set a very low bar for a hero

      1. Daniel is confused because he knows absolutely NOTHING about Martin Gugino.

        He spent a lifetime fighting for this country and look where it got him – on a hospital bed fighting for his life because of some punk cops doing what their police chief and their criminal training told them to do.

    2. Was he too old to understand English? He should have done what he was repeatedly told to do. He got what he deserved. The old fart should have been home in his rocking chair.

    1. No you are not. You like to call for justice and then probably crawl back to your suburban home surrounded by white faces.

      1. Don’t quite live in the suburbs; it’s a prosperous neighborhood with mostly white people. A lot of teachers, professors, and doctors live there, so it’s an ethnic mix.

        I was just surprised at the white guy getting knocked down because this kind of brazen bully-boy act usually only gets pulled on colored people. Cops are a lot less comfortable pushing around folk who can pull strings and hire lawyers, which is to say, they’re careful being shitty to well-off white guys.

          1. You are so offended. You need to crawl back into the womb. I cannot tell you the names we used back and forth regarding different ethnic groups when I grew up. You are a weenie

          2. It doesn’t seem to be a defamatory label to me. People of Color :: Colored People. It covers everybody from Arabs to Blacks to Pakistanis to Mexicans, depending on who “white” people are good with hating, at the moment.

          3. A colored person, in my definition, is anyone who comes to the realization that in America, he’s not as white as I am.

        1. Well I live in a neighborhood with other than only white. Again the phonies of the left.

          1. Are you a phony of the left? Is that what you’re saying? Also, I had the impression you lived in Krakow.

          1. I guess, Cherl, you’re implying that the news machine is more sensitive to black people getting roughed up than white ones? Most blacks getting a rough put-down don’t make the news at all. Put a 75 year old white guy out front getting knocked down, and it’s like you’re begging for news coverage and indignant viewers. White watchers hate seeing injustice against undeserving white victims. The police usually avoid that. That’s what I’m saying.

  5. That skinny, old, Caucasian man sure was intimidating the bejeebers
    out of those armed to the teeth young, dumb, and full of cum cops !

    It was absolutely terrifying how his hands shook at them from 6 ft away
    I’ll tell you.

    They must have been seeing Bigfoot coming at them they way they
    shoved him away.

    He’ll be in their dreams forever as they work in their new jobs at the
    waste treatment plant.

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