Initial reports said the man tripped and fell, but later, the cops involved were suspended without pay.
Trigger Warning: This story contains videos of police brutality that some readers may find disturbing.
A new video has surfaced online which shows Buffalo police shoving an elderly man out of their way while enforcing curfew. The cops pushed the frail man so hard that he immediately lost his balance and fell onto the pavement, hitting his head. In the video, it can be seen that he's bleeding out while slowly losing consciousness. The video also shows that the officer who pushed the man with a baton crouches down to check what happened, but another officer pulls him up and makes him move forward, according to Buzzfeed News. The unidentified man walks up to the cops to say something to them.
another view of the assault directly in front of #buffalo City Hall tonight. “There are four statues in the lobby, each which represent the characteristic of good citizenship, Virtue, Diligence, Service, and Fidelity”. at :15 is an extremely graphic sound so mute until :16 please https://t.co/acseaUwcfo— keith buckley (@deathoftheparty) June 5, 2020
He pointed to another officer with his cell phone in one hand and holding on to a helmet in the other. One Tweet reveals that the man was only bringing a police helmet back to the cops. Seconds after he approaches, officers can be heard yelling, "Move!" Then, the officers were heard saying, "Push him back! Push him back!" Two officers push him back and then use their baton to shove the man out of their way. The man stumbles backward and then falls over on his back. His head smacked against the sidewalk, and it was audible in the video. He is then seen lying motionless on the ground bleeding out of his right ear. "He's bleeding out his ear," someone can be heard saying.
Buffalo Mayor, Byron W. Brown said in a statement that the 75-year-old man was in the hospital, in a serious, yet stable condition. The mayor also added that the protest after curfew was illegal, adding that the two groups of protestors had gotten into a fight before the events depicted in the video unfurled. The city's police commissioner has also ordered an investigation into the incident and the two officers involved have been suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the investigation. "I was deeply disturbed by the video, as was Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood," he said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also responded to the video, calling the incident "wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful." He took to Twitter to share: This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful. I've spoken with Buffalo @MayorByronBrown and we agree that the officers involved should be immediately suspended pending a formal investigation.
Police Officers must enforce — NOT ABUSE — the law. The disturbing video was initially shared by WFBO, and at first, the Buffalo police said the man tripped and fell, but later two officers were suspended without pay. What would have been the outcome if the video wasn't recorded?
This video received a lot of outrage. Justin Jackson shared: You can’t have humanity if you can see someone fall like that from YOUR shove and then just walk past him. These are inhumane maniacs who get off on violence. Someone even starts to bend down to help and another cop yanks him to prevent them from offering help. Fucking insane. Steezy MTB added: You can literally see the officer involved being shaken. If all cops kneeled to help him, they would be attacked from behind. There are people in the back who will help him, the first line must remain intact, because there are a bunch of morons harassing the police ahead.
This is terrifying. All videos disproportionately show the cops as the aggressors in nearly every scenario that ends with serious harm inflicted. How can people be blind to it at this point?— low budget jean-luc godard (@jonahdrake47) June 5, 2020
The officers involved were suspended and the entire crew has now resigned in solidarity. While they continue to be a part of the police force, they are not part of the emergency responding unit.Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.