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Buffalo protester's attorney says Gugino's skull was fractured

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 13:57:20-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — 75-year-old Martin Gugino, the protester in Buffalo that was knocked down by two members of the Buffalo Police Department, suffered a fractured skull his attorney Kelly V. Zarcone, Esq. of Lipman and Zarcone, PLLC confirmed to ABC News Friday.

Zarcone said Gugino is not able to walk yet but she was able to have a short conversation with him before he became too tired.

According to Zarcone, Gugino is appreciative off all the concern about him but he is still focused on the issues rather than himself.

In a statement to CNN Wednesday Zarcone said he would be moved to a rehabilitation floor of the hospital and is expected to be released within two weeks.

In an additional statement Thursday, Zarcone said Gugino is beginning physical therapy.

"As heartbreaking as it is, his brain is injured and he is well aware of that now," she said. "He is looking forward to healing and determining what his “new normal” might look like."

The two officers accused of knocking Gugino down, 32-year-old Robert McCabe and 39-year-old Aaron Torgalski, were suspended without pay and were charged with with assault in the second degree.