GRAPHIC VIDEO shows officers pushing protester, knocking him UNCONSCIOUS, then claim he ‘tripped’
Graphic footage shows police officers swarming the area in front of City Hall in Buffalo, New York right after its 8pm curfew went into effect on Thursday. As police advance on protesters, a man with what looks like a smartphone in his hand approaches the officers leading the procession in an attempt to confront them.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
It’s unclear from the video what the man tells the policemen (in full riot gear), but the confrontation did not last long before he is forcefully pushed by the officers, losing his balance and falling backwards onto the pavement. A trickle of blood can be seen flowing from his ear after the fall. As police call medics to the scene, the man appears to be unconscious, lying motionless in the same spot.
The video spread like wildfire on social media, with many accusing the police of using excessive force on the man, who did not appear to be threatening any of the officers.Also on rt.com ‘They don’t do that’: Governor Cuomo denies NYPD brutalized peaceful protesters despite video evidence
The police department’s version of events – claiming the man simply “tripped and fell” on his own, according to Buffalo Toronto Public Media – turned out to be strikingly different from what can be seen on the footage and has only further fueled the outrage.
The protester was later taken by ambulance to the hospital and is currently in stable condition after suffering what is being described as a “serious” injury to the head.
"tripped & fell" according to bpd pic.twitter.com/cEwDfFDpOp— Bert Dyster (@BertDyster) June 5, 2020
Five people were arrested for “disorderly conduct” as police broke up the Black Lives Matter protest in the area.
As the video went viral, drawing angry comments from netizens and calls to hold the officers involved accountable, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown released a statement saying that the two policemen “knocked down a 75-year-old man,” contradicting the police account.
Brown said he was “deeply disturbed” by the police conduct and that the officers in the video had been “suspended without pay.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined the chorus of condemnations, calling the incident “wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.” He added that the officers should remain suspended until a formal investigation is carried out.
This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.I've spoken with Buffalo @MayorByronBrown and we agree that the officers involved should be immediately suspended pending a formal investigation.Police Officers must enforce — NOT ABUSE — the law. https://t.co/EYIbTlXnPt— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 5, 2020
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