75-year-old protester shoved to ground by police in Buffalo files lawsuit

Martin Gugino, 75, suffered a fractured skull after being shoved during a protest on June 4. A grand jury declined to charge the two officers.

2/23/2021 11:13:00 AM

A 75-year-old man who was seen being shoved to the ground by Buffalo police and bleeding on the ground during a protest last year is suing the officers and other officials, court documents say.

Martin Gugino, 75, suffered a fractured skull after being shoved during a protest on June 4. A grand jury declined to charge the two officers.

Jamie Quinn / ReutersFeb. 23, 2021, 6:48 AM UTCByPhil HelselA 75-year-old man who was seen being shoved to the ground by Buffalo police and bleeding on the ground during a protest last year is suing the officers and other officials, according to court documents.

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Martin Gugino suffered a fractured skull in the June 4 encounter, which was captured on video.The suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York seeks economic damages as well as punitive damages"in an amount sufficient to punish them and deter others from similar conduct."

A prosecutor filed charges against two Buffalo police officers, Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, but a grand jury earlier this monthdeclined charges, and the case was dismissed.Those two officers are named in the civil suit, as well as a third who was not charged, along with the city, police commissioner and Mayor Byron Brown. headtopics.com

Emailed requests for comment to the mayor's office and the police department were not immediately returned early Tuesday, but on Monday, the city had no comment to. A spokesperson told the station that corporation counsel would handle the case.Gugino was shoved shortly after an 8 p.m. curfew took effect.

The protest was held in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck on May 25. Floyd's death sparked protests all over the country.The complaint says that the police team"yelled out in chorus, 'push him, push him'" after Gugino approached a line of police officers with batons and helmets.

It alleges that another officer pushed McCabe and Torgalski toward the activist and they then pushed him, causing him to fall and be seriously injured.After charges were declined earlier this month, the president of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association defended the officers' actions.

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I observed when another officer turned to, likely, keep beating on the fallen and injured man. The officer was ordered to keep his march, avoiding more injury to the man. Yes he should sue them Good for him! Take those vile men down. He should have stay out of their face and let them do their job... He should have listened to their instructions...

Those two cops deserve something wicked that comes their way... Ha He’s got no problem with evidence... the world saw what that cop did. Good for him. It was disgusting 🤬 _sacrx_ we all saw the staged blood packet attached to his head godddamn this is stale Good. That was handled completely wrong and he could have died. I can still hear the moment his head hit the concrete.

rolandsmartin Just imagine the willingness to pay lawsuits with taxpayer money rather than actually do right. But I guess if I were as soulless as they I would think it no Big deal too since it isn't my money. Like having a lovely piggy bank with no limits. I hope he takes the officers entire pensions

rolandsmartin Good for him. The police officers were cowards for the way they treated him. Not right 😞 GOOD!!! Sue the whole GD Department starting at the top! Good He deserves to bankrupt those officers and the city. I hope he shows as much mercy to them as they showed to him. 'Officers McCabe and Torgalski were simply following departmental procedures and the directives of their superiors to clear Niagara Square despite working under extremely challenging circumstances'

Good for him! 👏👏 I certainly hope he gets some justice. It was horrible what they did to him. That was a set up by the old man He planned that interference. He should go go jail. My heart goes out to this man. There are always risks in challenging excessive police power, but the risks of not challenging it are more dangerous, even fatal. -- Hunter S. Thompson

Good. Take those fucking fascists to the house. Then take their house. why example I am so glad he is doing this