Two Buffalo police officers were charged with second-degree assault for the incident on June 4, 2020 when a 75-year-old man was shoved to the ground. According to The New York Times:
“We had two of our police officers who crossed the line,” the Erie County district attorney, John J. Flynn, told reporters after the arraignment. “My job is to prosecute those who have violated the law, plain and simple. And I believe, and I’m alleging, that these two officers violated the law.”
Prosecutors identified the officers as Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32. They pleaded not guilty and were released on personal recognizance.
The charges were filed after a widely viewed video taken by WBFO, a local radio station, showed two police officers appearing to shove Martin Gugino, who has been identified as an activist and a member of the Western New York Peace Center who was attending a protest stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
As reported yesterday, every member of the Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Unit resigned in protest that their fellow officers were *gasp* suspended while the matter was being investigated. See Crybaby Cops Resign in Protest
This is yet the latest case of alleged police brutality being brought into the public eye following the alleged murder of George Floyd by a police officer who apparently thought placing his knee (allegedly) on Mr. Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes was a smart move.