Court documents show that a demonstrator in Buffalo last year was pushed to the ground by the Buffalo police and bleeds in a protest last year. A police officer and other officials are currently being prosecuted. A 75-year-old man is suing the official and other officials.
Martin Gugino suffered a skull fracture during his encounter on June 4 and was captured in the video.
The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York requires financial compensation and punitive damages, “in an amount sufficient to punish them and prevent others from engaging in similar acts.”
Prosecutors filed charges against two police officers in Buffalo, Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, but a jury earlier this month rejected the prosecution and the case was dismissed.
The two officials were appointed in the civil proceedings, and there was a third official who was not charged, as well as the city, the chief of police and the mayor of Byron Brown.
The request for comment via email to the mayor’s office and police station was not returned early on Tuesday, but on Monday, the city did not comment to the NBC affiliate WGRZ. A spokesperson told the radio station that the company̵
Shortly after the curfew took effect at 8 pm, Gugino was pushed.
The protest was held after the death of black black George Floyd (George Floyd), who died on May 25 after a white police officer in Minneapolis kneeled on his neck. Freud’s death triggered protests across the country.
The complaint stated that after Gugino approached the frontline police officer with his baton and helmet, the police “yelled, pushed him, pushed him”.
Allegedly, another officer pushed McCabe and Tolgarski toward the militants, then pushed him toward the militants, causing him to fall and severely injured.
After rejecting the charges earlier this month, the president of the Buffalo Police Charity Association defended the officers’ actions.
The chairman of the union, John Evans, said in a statement: “Despite working in a challenging environment, McCabe and Togalski officials only followed departmental procedures and instructions from their superiors to clear Niagara. square.”
Gugino had a concussion and a skull fracture, and spent nearly a month in the hospital.
Gugino said he believed that the curfew was wrong.
The lawsuit stated that Gugino’s right to peaceful assembly was violated, the use of force against him was illegal and unnecessary, and the curfew was unconstitutional.