By Duncan Smith
If you live in Buffalo, N.Y., you’re probably going to have to wait a lot longer for a police officer to show up after calling 911.
That’s because nearly 60 officers quit this week after two of their own were arrested for pushing an older man to the pavement after he refused to heed their instructions to leave the area during a George Floyd protest.
Fox News identified the two officers as Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski.
Two Buffalo police officers were charged with assault on Saturday, prosecutors said. The charges came 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.
“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,' said John Evans, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, reported WGRZ. The emergency response team was formed some years ago specifically to deal with riots and out-of-control demonstrations.
Byron Brown, the mayor of Buffalo, said that Gugino was an agitator and had been told to leave the area several times.
“He was in that area, after the curfew, one of the things that happened before that incident, is that were conflicts between protesters. There was a danger of fights breaking out between protesters and the police felt it was very important to clear that scene for the safety of protesters,” the mayor said, according to Fox News.
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