Elderly protester shoved by police has fractured skull and is unable to walk

A 75-year-old protester who was shoved to the ground by police officers has a fractured skull and is still unable to walk, his lawyer has said.

Martin Gugino was pushed at a Black Lives Matter protest on 4 June in Buffalo, New York, in an incident which caused widespread outrage.

Footage emerged of the elderly man being shoved by two officers, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the ground.

An entire tactical unit of a US police department has resigned in support of two officers who were filmed shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground in Buffalo.
Image:Martin Gugino fell backwards after being pushed

A group of officers marched past as blood trickled from his head. One of the officers who pushed him started to lean over him, but was pulled away by a colleague.

In an email on Tuesday, Mr Gugino’s lawyer Kelly Zarcone said there has been no change in his condition and she expects only gradual improvement.

Earlier, Ms Zarcone said he had suffered a brain injury and was facing “a new normal”.

“As heartbreaking as it is, his brain is injured and he is well aware of that now,” she said.

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Mr Gugino has been described by friends as a devout Catholic and a veteran peace activist.

His lawyer added that he was a “a soft spoken but thoughtful and principled man”.

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Two Buffalo police officers, Robert McCabe, 32, and Aaron Torgalski, 39, have been charged with second-degree assault and could face prison sentences of up to seven years if convicted.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

Buffalo police initially said Mr Gugino tripped and fell, but the video – filmed by a local radio station – told a different story.

After the officers were suspended, 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response team quit in solidarity with their colleagues.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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