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Police push 75-year old man to pavement, claim he “tripped”

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They were suspended, but that enraged the other cops, 57 of whom resigned from the unit (though want to keep getting paid as cops). From The Week:

Two Buffalo police officers, Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, were both charged with one count of second-degree assault Saturday, prosecutors said, after they were seen on video Thursday shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground during a protest against police brutality. The officers have pleaded not guilty and were released without bail, The Associated Press reports.

The video sparked outrage across the country, and criticism intensified when the Buffalo Police Department said the protester, Martin Gugino, tripped and fell. Gugino, described as a longtime peace activist, was hospitalized with a head injury resulting from the fall. He is now in “serious, but stable condition” and is “progressing in his recovery.”

McCabe and Torgalski were suspended without pay Friday, prompting all 57 of their colleagues on the Buffalo Police Department’s emergency response team to resign from the unit — but not the police force altogether — in their defense. [Accept the resignations and get them off the force altogether, IMO. – LG]

The charges are the latest examples of swift action being taken against police officers in the wake of George Floyd’s death. In Minneapolis,  . .

Continue reading.

I would say that if a fascistic authoritarian wants to take over the US from within, there’s a ready cadre of armed goons ready to back the play. And Tom Cotton may try it. He has already come out with using deadly force (“no quarter”) against protesters.

Written by LeisureGuy

7 June 2020 at 4:09 pm

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