Two Buffalo cops who shoved 75-year-old and left him bleeding are charged and plead not guilty
After the Thursday’s incident with a 75-year-old shoved by two Buffalo cops and left bleeding from the crack in his head on the concrete became publicly known, two officers were charged with second degree assault but plead not guilty.
During a court hearing that took place on Saturday, both officers, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe were charged with one count of the second degree assault after they pushed Martin Gugino down to the ground during the peaceful protests in Buffalo.
After the incident Gugino was hospitalized in a “serious condition.”
Not just fuck Aaron Torgalski of Buffalo PD, but fuck the dozens of other Buffalo PD cops who just walked around this 75-year-old man who was bleeding on the pavement after being pushed by Aaron Togalski. And fuck the leadership of the Buffalo PD for claiming he tripped. https://t.co/t6vXn4lWe4— Kara Calavera (@KaraCalavera) June 5, 2020
Both, Torgalski and McCabe are facing up to seven years in prison if convicted. They were released without bail and are scheduled to return back in court on July 20.
"Whenever you have different entities – you’re always going to have individuals that cross the line and this is what we have to address," DA John Flynn said.
Flynn added that the cops crossed the line and violated the law and explained the severity of the charges. According to the law in New York states, if the victim is 65 years or older and the perpetrator is 10 years younger than them then it is classed as a felony charge.
‘We obviously had a very unfortunate incident that occurred here Thursday night in the City of Buffalo,’ he said.
‘We had two of our police officers cross the line. We had two of our police officers charged and arrested this morning.’