Crime Buffalo mayor says 75-year-old man pushed to ground was 'agitator' as he says he won't be firing cops
The trope of “outside agitators” at protests, explained
Howard Law professor Justin Hansford breaks down how the term has been used to delegitimize protests across the country.“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,” Attorney General Bill Barr said in a statement. “They are coming in largely from outside of the city, from outside of the region, to prey on everything we have built over the last several decades,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey noted. (Minnesota officials later walked back claims about out-of-state arrests.
Byron Brown, the mayor of Buffalo,, said Friday the 75-year-old man who was shoved to the ground by two cops the previous day was an “agitator” who had been asked to leave the area “numerous” times.
The officers have been suspended without pay and an internal affairs investigation launched after the incident was caught on video and showed the man, Matin Gugino, bleeding on the sidewalk. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the video made him “sick to my stomach”. The officers are expected to be charged with assault Saturday morning, according to.
A 75-year-old man pushed to the ground by police on the sidelines of a demonstration for George Floyd
© Copyright 2020, L'Obs A 75-year-old man was violently pushed to the ground by a Buffalo policeman, on the sidelines of 'a demonstration against police violence and the death of George Floyd. On images broadcast by the local news channel WBFO, we can see a man, presenting no apparent immediate threat, advancing towards the police while they were evacuating the square from the 'city Hall. Arrived at their level, the 75-year-old man is pushed to the ground by two officers.
Gugino was caught on camera being shoved to the ground by officers in tactical gear shortly after a curfew went into effect near Niagara Square.
In the video, Gugino can be seen approaching a large group of officers. Someone is heard shouting, "Push him back!" One officer raises his baton over the man while another pushes him in the chest. He stumbled backwards and falls on the pavement. A pool of blood can be seen slowly forming around his head.
United States: two police officers suspended after seriously injuring a 75-year-old protester by causing him to fall
On a video filmed by American public radio, we see two police officers pushing an elderly man, who falls backwards. He is in "serious but stable condition". The facts took place in Buffalo, New York, on Thursday. © Provided by Franceinfo The scene shows the current tension in the United States. As he spoke to a group of police in riot gear in Buffalo, New York, and walked towards them, a 75-year-old man was pushed by two of them, Thursday June 4, and fell.
Although Brown was swift to suspend the officers, the action prompted a backlash from the police’s Emergency Response Team, with 57 officers resigning in support of their colleagues.
“What we were informed of is that that individual was an agitator. He was trying to spark up the crowd of people. Those people were there into the darkness. Our concern is when it gets dark, there is a potential for violence,” Brown said.
“There has been vandalism, there have been fires set, there have been stores broken into and looted. According to what was reported to me, that individual was a key major instigator of people engaging in those activities,” the mayor said.
Brown said he will not insist that the two cops be fired because they need to get “due process”.
When asked about the 57 members who resigned from the team, he said the city had "contingency plans" and assured residents that "Buffalo will be safe this weekend."
"I want people out in our community peacefully protesting to know everyone who is peacefully protesting will be protected," he said.
Cuomo revealed Friday he had spoken to the victim, a longtime peace activist from Amherst. The governor praised the swift suspension of the officers but pressed for disciplinary action against them.
"I think the city should pursue firing," Cuomo said. "And I think the district attorney should look at the situation for possible criminal charges."
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced earlier in the day that it will be investigating the incident.
'Freaking awful': OANN in turmoil after Trump cites report to claim injured Buffalo protester could be 'antifa provocateur' .
A One America News Network segment suggesting the elderly protester who was shoved by police in Buffalo, New York, had ties to antifa has exasperated multiple journalists within the right-wing cable news network. © Provided by Washington Examiner In the clip, which President Trump amplified on Tuesday, OANN reporter Kristian Rouz said Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old man who was seen in a viral video falling backward to the ground and bleeding out of his ear after two officers pushed him during a George Floyd protest, was employing “common antifa tactics” in his face-off with police.