Two Buffalo Police Officers Suspended for Shoving 75-yo Protester

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In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. Video from WBFO shows the man appearing to hit his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past to clear Niagara Square. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person “was injured when he tripped & fell,” WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation was opened. Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended two officers late Thursday, the mayor’s statement said. (Mike Desmond/WBFO via AP)

In Buffalo, New York, a video has been circulating showing an older man walking toward the police riot line. As he approaches the line he appears to be shoved backwards. He fell and hit the ground with an audible thud and blood can be seen coming out from his ear and under his head. He was transported to the hospital where the Buffalo mayor, Byron W Brown, states that he is in “stable but serious” condition. The officers involved have been suspended without pay pending an investigation. Brown tweeted “I was deeply disturbed by the video, as was Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood.”

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The initial police statement claimed the man was injured when he “tripped and fell”

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