George Floyd protester, 75, 'cracks skull and can't walk' after shove by police
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George Floyd protester, 75, 'cracks skull and can't walk' after shove by police

An activist who was left in a pool of blood after being shoved by police at a George Floyd protest has a “fractured skull” and is unable to walk, his lawyer has said.

Martin Gugino, 75, was pushed backwards by two police officers in Buffalo, New York, on June 4.

Footage showed him walk towards an advancing group of police officers in riot gear and begin talking to them.

Mr Gugino was then pushed and fell backwards, crashing to the ground.

Disturbing images showed the prone man lying on the ground with blood pouring out of his ear while cops marched past him.



Giving a health update on Monday, Mr Gugino’s attorney Kelly Zarcone confirmed that her client had suffered a skull fracture.

She said: “I am not at liberty to elaborate at this time other than to confirm that his skull was fractured.

“While he is not able to walk yet, we were able to have a short conversation before he became too tired.



“He is appreciative of all of the concern about him but he is still focused on the issues rather than himself.”

Ms Zarcone also passed on a message from the pensioner, who says he doesn’t want people to fuss about him.

Reading out the message, she said: “I think it’s very unnecessary to focus on me.

“There are plenty of other things to think about besides me.”

Matt Daloisio, a close friend of Mr Gugino and a fellow activist, told The Guardian that he had suffered a brain injury.

He said it’s “not clear” why the long term effects will be.

Mr Daloisio said he reckoned his friend was trying to show police information about the law and right to assemble, which he was known to do at protests, before he was pushed.

In the clip, Mr Gugino appeared to be pointing to his phone before he is struck.

Police officers Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32, have been charged with second-degree assault after turning themselves in on June 6.

Both have pleaded not guilty and have been released without bail.

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Pat Reaves
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