Trump pushes conspiracy theory about Buffalo protester
Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person was injured when he tripped & fell, WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. (Mike Desmond/WBFO via AP)WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Tuesday advanced an unfounded conspiracy theory about a 75-year-old protester in Buffalo, New York, who was pushed down by police officers, tweeting without evidence that the confrontation may have been a set up." With his tweet, Trump attempted to cast doubt on video showing Buffalo police shoving the man, who fell backward and hit his head on the sidewalk. Two Buffalo police officers have been charged with second-degree assault for the incident and could face prison sentences of up to seven years if convicted. Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur, Trump wrote.
Buffalo officers suspended in shoving of 75-year-old man
BUFFALO, N.Y. – BUFFALO, N.Y.Dozens of Buffalo police officers stepped down from the department's crowd control unit Friday, objecting to the suspensions of two fellow officers in the shoving of a 75-year-old protester who fell and cracked his head. The footage shows a man identified as Martin Gugino approaching a line of helmeted officers holding batons as they clear demonstrators from Niagara Square around the time of an 8 p.m. curfew. Two officers push Gugino backward, and he hits his head on the pavement. One officer leans down to check on the injured man before another officer urges the colleague to keep walking. How did we get to this place?”The police commissioner suspended two police officers without pay Friday, Mayor Byron Brown said.
NYC calmer as Buffalo police draw ire for protester injury
Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person was injured when he tripped & fell, WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. The man falls straight backward and hits his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person was injured when he tripped & fell, WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Calls and emails to Buffalo police from The Associated Press seeking comment Thursday night hadn't been returned by Friday morning. Meanwhile in New York City, protesters again stayed on the streets past 8 p.m., in defiance of the citywide curfew that's set to remain in effect through at least Sunday.