Two Buffalo, NY police officers who were suspended have been charged with second-degree assault after video shows the officers shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said in a news conference.
Officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski pleaded not guilty to the chargesand were expected back in court July 20 for a felony hearing, according to Flynn’s office.
All 57 of the members of the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team resigned from the unit on Friday after the two officers were suspended to show their support for the officeers. The unit members have not quit the police department but have stepped down from the tactical unit.
Attorney Kelly V. Zarcone issued a statement from Martin Gugino, the man who was pushed to the ground, saying Gugino is “a longtime peaceful protester, human rights advocate, and overall fan of the US Constitution.”
Source: USA Today