Recorded on cellphone video being aggressively shoved to the ground for no apparent reason by Buffalo police officers, a 75-year-old man named Martin Gugino was recently diagnosed with a fractured skull and cannot walk according to his attorney. After hitting his head on the sidewalk, Gugino could be seen bleeding from the ear as dozens of officers refused to give him medical attention.
On June 4, a bystander recorded a cellphone video of Gugino calmly approaching a large group of Buffalo police officers. As Gugino began speaking with the officers, two of the cops suddenly pushed Gugino without any provocation.
Stumbling backwards, Gugino lost his balance and hit the back of his head against the pavement as blood began to pour out of his right ear. Although one of the officers appeared to reach down to help Gugino, another officer stopped him and ordered the cops to ignore the visibly injured 75-year-old man bleeding on the ground.
After the incident, officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski were suspended for shoving Gugino. On June 6, they were charged with second degree assault.
Three days later, President Donald Trump recklessly tweeted, “Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment.
@OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?”
In a recent statement to CNN, Gugino’s attorney Kelly Zarcone revealed that Gugino suffered a skull fracture due to the unnecessary violence of the police officers that day, and Gugino is currently unable to walk. According to Zarcone, Gugino remains in rehabilitation.
“I am not at liberty to elaborate at this time other than to confirm that his skull was fractured,” Zarcone said. “While he is not able to walk yet, we were able to have a short conversation before he became too tired. He is appreciative of all of the concern about him but he is still focused on the issues rather than himself.”
Released on their own recognizance without bail, McCabe and Torgalski have pleaded not guilty to second degree assault and are currently scheduled for a felony hearing next month.