The entire 57 police officer’s emergency response team of Buffalo resigned in protest of the two officers who were suspended without pay from the Buffalo Police Department.
The 57 officers resigned from the emergency unit but not from the force. “Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” said John Evans, president of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association
The two officers were suspended after they allegedly pushed a 75-year old protestor on video which millions of viewers had seen. The protester, Martin Gugino, is seen stumbling backward and cracking his head on the concrete. He is currently listed as serious but stable condition.
In response many voiced their disapproval of the act including Governor Cuomo who tweeted, “This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful. Police officers must enforce – NOT ABUSE – the law.”
An attorney representing Gugino released a statement saying Gugino is “alert and oriented” and described him as a longtime peaceful protester and human rights advocate.
Meanwhile Mayor Byron Brown “I am not calling for them to be fired,” and exp.ressed his wishes for due process
It is being reported that Gugino was asked to leave numerous times before the incident occurred.