The two cops who pushed elderly protester have pleaded not guilty as their colleagues stood outside the courthouse in support.
The two cops who pushed elderly protester have pleaded not guilty as their colleagues stood outside the courthouse in support.

Cops arrested after video shocks America

Warning: Disturbing and graphic

Hundreds of cops gathered outside two Buffalo courthouses on Saturday after two fellow officers were charged with assault for pushing over an elderly protester.

Supportive cheers erupted from police and firefighters as the crowd opened a black umbrella and held up a black sheet to obscure television news cameras from getting footage of the suspects, The Sun reported.

The officers, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, were charged with assault in the second degree.

The two officers, from New York State, both pleaded not guilty.

The officers, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, responsible for pushing an elderly protester to the ground, causing him to bleed from the head.
The officers, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, responsible for pushing an elderly protester to the ground, causing him to bleed from the head.

The charge carries a maximum seven-year prison term.

The cops were arraigned in a virtual court hearing.

In response to the officers' suspension on Friday, the entire Emergency Response Team resigned from the team, in solidarity.

The crowd of supporters today marched to the county courthouse, where WGRZ reported the two officers were being held to be "virtually arraigned" in city court.

Umbrellas were again opened up in front of television cameras, which captured images of hundreds of firefighters and police officers, some wearing shirts reading "We back the Blue."

Dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside the Erie County Courthouse to support Torgalski and McCabe on Saturday
Dozens of law enforcement officers gathered outside the Erie County Courthouse to support Torgalski and McCabe on Saturday

PROTESTER REMAINS IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

They are being investigated after a local radio station released video of the incident involving the protester, 75-year-old Martin Gugino.

The video showed Mr Gugino approaching a line of officers in riot gear.

One officer pushes him with a baton and a second one with his hand. The sound of a crack is heard and then blood trickles from his head.

Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old protester, lays on the ground after he was shoved by two Buffalo, New York, police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd
Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old protester, lays on the ground after he was shoved by two Buffalo, New York, police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd

He reportedly remains in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU).

Kait Munro, a spokeswoman for the Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, said: "I cannot confirm any details until an arraignment takes place."

The western New York State city saw pockets of looting after dark like many cities across the United States.

It come as countless otherwise peaceful protests have been staged in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

Originally published as Cops arrested after video shocks America

The 75-year-old activist is known as a longtime protester in his community
The 75-year-old activist is known as a longtime protester in his community


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