Cuomo applauds suspension of Buffalo police who shoved 75-year-old man

Cuomo applauds suspension of Buffalo police who shoved 75-year-old man

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a daily briefing at North Shore University Hospital, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhasset, New York, May 6, 2020.

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Calling a video of western New York cops pushing a 75-year-old man to a sidewalk “fundamentally offensive and frightening,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo applauded the resulting suspension of two Buffalo police officers on Friday. 

Cuomo told reporters that he spoke on the phone with the man, who “is thankfully alive” after being knocked to the ground in Buffalo by two heavily armored officers.

The man, who has been identified by multiple news outlets as Martin Gugino, stood alone in front of an approaching line of police officers, video of the incident shows.

As he gestured to one of the cops, others yelled for him to move back, and two officers pushed him in the chest, knocking him over backward. The video showed blood coming from the man’s head as he lay motionless on the ground. Police did not immediately tend to him.

“You see that video and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity,” Cuomo…



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