Buffalo cops resign from unit in protest after two of their own are suspended for injuring 75-year-old
RYAN W. MILLER, JORDAN CULVER, DAVID ROBINSON | USA TODAY
水牛城警察辞职以示抗议，此前他们的两名警察因伤害75岁的瑞安·W·米勒(Ryan W.Miller)、乔丹·卡尔弗(Jordan Culver)、大卫·罗宾逊(David Robinson)而被停职
ALBANY, N.Y. – An entire unit of the Buffalo Police Department resigned from their assignments Friday after two officers were suspended amid outcry over video showing officers shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground, according to the Buffalo News and other media outlets.
纽约州奥尔巴尼--据“布法罗新闻报”(The Buffalo News)和其他媒体报道，在两名警察因视频显示警察将一名75岁的男子推倒在地而遭到强烈抗议后，布法罗警察局的整个部门于周五辞去了职务。
ll 57 of the members of the department's Emergency Response Team resigned from the unit, which responds to riots and other crowd control situations, according to the outlets. The Emergency Response Team members have not quit the police department, but have stepped down from the tactical unit, the Buffalo News reported.
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."
律师凯利·V·扎尔科内(Kelly V.Zarcon)发表了被推倒在地的马丁·古吉诺(Martin Gugino)的一份声明，称古吉诺是“一名长期的和平抗议者、人权倡导者和美国宪法的总体粉丝”。
Gugino is in "serious but stable condition. He is alert and oriented," Zarcone said in the emailed statement. He requests privacy and that future protests remain peaceful.
Graphic video from WBFO shows the two officers pushing Gugino down as he approached them in a public square around an 8 p.m. curfew Thursday. Gugino stumbles back and falls, and the video shows him motionless and bleeding from his head.
布法罗警察慈善协会主席约翰·埃文斯(John Evans)表示：“我们的立场是，这些警察只是听从副警察局长约瑟夫·格拉马利亚(Joseph Gramaglia)的命令，清理广场。”“它没有具体说明50岁以下或15岁到40岁的男性人数。他们只是在做自己的工作。我不知道有多少联系。在我的估计中，他确实滑倒了。他落后了。”
Asked about the resigning officers at a press conference that afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz he would be "disappointed" if they had in fact resigned.
"If they resigned, I'm exceptionally disappointed by it because it indicates to me that they did not see anything wrong with the actions last night," Poloncarz said.
The Erie County District Attorney's Office tweeted Friday that it was continuing its investigation of the incident and that the man was unable to provide a statement to investigators Thursday night.
The officer's actions quickly drew condemnation from around the state, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo who said the "incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful."
During a press briefing Friday, Cuomo played video of the incident, watching it wide-eyed before questioning the officers’ actions.
"You see that video and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity," Cuomo said.
"Why? Why? Why was that necessary? Where was the threat? It was an older gentleman. Where was the threat? And then you just walk by the person when you see blood coming from his head," he said, describing the scene.
Cuomo also urged the mayor and district attorney in Buffalo to investigate the incident and move expeditiously towards potentially bringing criminal charges against and firing the officers involved.
Cuomo highlighted the incidents before pushing a police reform agenda being considered in the state legislature.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called for an investigation, according to a statement reported by WIVB-TV.
he casual cruelty demonstrated by Buffalo police officers tonight is gut-wrenching and unacceptable," John Curr, the Buffalo chapter director for the New York Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement, adding that it should be a "wake-up call" for city leaders to address police violence.
纽约公民自由联盟(New York Civil Liberties Union)布法罗分会主任约翰·科尔(John Curr)在一份声明中表示，布法罗警察今晚展示的随意残忍行为令人痛心，令人无法接受。他补充说，这应该是城市领导人解决警察暴力问题的“警钟”。
In its initial statement on the incident, the Buffalo Police Department said a person "was injured when he tripped & fell," WIVB-TV reported. A later statement posted on the department's Facebook page said two officers had been suspended without pay and an internal affairs investigation was underway.
Mayor Byron Brown said in a statement that he and the city's police commissioner were "deeply disturbed by the video." Brown also confirmed the officers' suspension and internal affairs investigation.
"After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, police leadership and members of the community, tonight's event is disheartening," Brown said.
Brown released a statement Friday saying that the city was aware of "developments related to the work assignments of certain members of the Buffalo police force."
Contingency plans were in place to ensure public safety, Brown said.
Five protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct, according to NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV. None of the police officers seen in the video has been criminally charged.
The Buffalo Police Department and the New York State Police did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's requests for comment on Thursday.
“I can assure you, Martin is a peaceable person,” said Vicki Ross, executive director of Western New York Peace Center and Latin American Solidarity Committee, an organization Gugino was involved with.
There is no way that he was doing anything to accost or hurt. He made a judgment to stay out after the curfew because he feels that our civil liberties are so in danger, which they most certainly are.”
Ross said Gugino has been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.
The incident comes after more than a week of protests against police brutality following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. Floyd, who is black, died after now-fired police officer, who is white, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as other officers stood by.
Since Floyd's death, which has been ruled a homicide, protesters nationwide have decried police brutality and racial inequality. Some protests have been marred by violence and looting, and police have been caught on camera multiple times using force against protesters – including peaceful ones.
Group getting larger in Niagara Square in Buffalo - probably close to 75-100 people now. pic.twitter.com/UBJjYx6z2J
— Sarah Taddeo (@sjtaddeo) June 5, 2020
In Buffalo, protesters gathered Friday morning outside City Hall, where Gugino was pushed, to call for change. The crowd grew throughout the day and made its way across the street.
hope to continue to build on the progress we have achieved as we work together to address racial injustice and inequity in the City of Buffalo," Brown said. "My thoughts are with the victim tonight."
Contributing: Sarah Taddeo and Grace Hauck, USA TODAY; Marcia Greenwood, Democrat and Chronicle; The Associated Press
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