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Cuomo: Buffalo should consider firing officers seen on video shoving 75-year-old man

"It's fundamentally offensive"
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Posted at 12:43 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 12:43:00-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — During his daily update on Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo directly addressed a caught on camera altercation between Buffalo Police and a 75-year-old man Thursday evening.

Mr. Cuomo calling the incident, "disturbing to the basic sense of decency and humanity," adding "it's fundamentally offensive." Cuomo believes Buffalo leaders should, "pursue firing" the officers and said the District Attorney should investigate the situation for possible criminal charges.

Members of the Buffalo Police Department were working to clear the square Thursday evening when a demonstrator, identified as Martin Gugino, approached officers. Two of the officers can be seen shoving Mr. Gugino, one with a nightstick. Mr. Gugino then smacks his head on the pavement and blood pooling around the man's head.

The two officers involved are now suspended without pay.

Cuomo says he spoke with Mr. Gugino, is is in serious but stable condition at ECMC with a head injury.

Members of the Buffalo Police Department are expected to provide an update on Friday at 1:30pm.