All officers on the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team resigned today in support of two officers who were suspended for shoving a pensioner, 75, to the ground.
Officials suspended the pair without pay and have launched a criminal investigation after footage emerged of a man being knocked to the ground by police, causing him to crack his head open on the pavement.
It is understood he was left with critical injuries and needed treatment outside Buffalo City Hall, in New York state, on Thursday night just before the 8pm curfew came into effect.
Footage of the pensioner being knocked to the ground quickly went viral on social media with many in the US and beyond voicing outrage over the officers’ behaviour.
In response, a spokesman for the force said: “The Erie County District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate the incident captured on video outside City Hall Thursday evening that resulted in the injury of a protestor.”
In light of the investigation, the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association told the Investigation Post that all members of the department’s Emergency Response time had signed “over treatment” of the two officers.
It was stressed they did not resign from the force itself, only the Emergency Response team they served on.
Meanwhile, activist Martin Gugino remains in a serious but stable condition at Erie County Medical Center following the altercation.
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