2 NY cops charged with assault for shoving elderly protester
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2 NY cops charged with assault for shoving elderly protester

Buffalo police officers plead not guilty, are released without bail after being filmed pushing 75-year-old man, who then cracked his head on the pavement

In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police on June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, New York. (Mike Desmond/WBFO via AP)
In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police on June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, New York. (Mike Desmond/WBFO via AP)

BUFFALO, New York — Two Buffalo police officers were charged with assault Saturday, prosecutors said, after a video showed them shoving a 75-year-old protester in recent demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Both pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault. They were released without bail.

The officers had been suspended without pay Friday after a TV crew captured the confrontation the night before near the end of protests.

The footage shows a man identified as Martin Gugino approaching a line of helmeted officers holding batons as they clear demonstrators from Niagara Square around the time of an 8 p.m. curfew.

Two officers push Gugino backward, and he hits his head on the pavement. Blood spills as officers walk past. One officer leans down to check on the injured man before another officer urges the colleague to keep walking.

Dozens of police officers stepped down from the department’s crowd control unit Friday, in response to their fellow officers’ suspensions.

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