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George Floyd protests: Buffalo cops who pushed 75-year-old Martin Gugino plead not guilty

    Video at Buffalo protest shows police pushing 75-year-old Martin Gugino

    Warning: Disturbing and graphic

    Hundreds of cops gathered outside two Buffalo courthouses on Saturday after two fellow officers were charged with assault for pushing over an elderly protester.

    Supportive cheers erupted from police and firefighters as the crowd opened a black umbrella and held up a black sheet to obscure television news cameras from getting footage of the suspects, The Sun reported.

    The officers, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, were charged with assault in the second degree.

    The two officers, from New York State, both pleaded not guilty.

    The officers, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, responsible for pushing an elderly protester to the ground, causing him to bleed from the head. Source:Supplied

    The charge carries a maximum seven-year prison term.

    The cops were arraigned in a virtual court hearing.

    In response to the officers’ suspension on Friday, the entire Emergency Response Team resigned from the team, in solidarity.

    The crowd of supporters today marched to the county courthouse, where WGRZ reported the two officers were being held to be “virtually arraigned” in city court.

    Umbrellas were again opened up in front of television cameras, which captured images of hundreds of firefighters and police officers, some wearing shirts reading “We back the Blue.”

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