An Update by Doug Draper at Niagara At Large
Posted June 7th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
Unless you have just come back from another planet or don’t care about the anti-racism marches and protests encircling the world right now, you have probably already seen the video of a 75-year-old man in Buffalo, New York, bleeding from the head area after looking very much like he was pushed to the pavement by police.
You have most likely seen this video because it went viral this past June 4th, on the day this very disturbing incident occurred.
Since Niagara At Large last posted news on this incident, two of the Buffalo police officers involved appeared in an Erie County District Court this past Saturday, June 7th where they were charged with second-degree assault, a charge where, if they were found guilty, reportedly carries a sentence in the State of New York of up to seven years.
Not that a sentence of guilty is very likely though. Trials involving police violence in the United States, and in Canada, for that matter, do not often end with police being found guilty. And in the case of the Buffalo police officers, there is a very powerful union on their side and a number of their members were standing outside the courthouse this past June 6th, applauding and cheering the two charged officers after they came out after pleading “not guilty.”
That was so despite a good deal of condemnation expressed by others, including the Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, a former NY State attorney general, who the day after the incident, said that viewing the video of 75-year-old Martin Gugino being knocked down while police officers continued to walk by him while he was bleeding, make him “sick to my stomach.”
Meanwhile, Martin Gugino , a long-time peace and social justice activist known to others in the Buffalo area as someone who would never hurt anyone, reportedly remains in hospital in serious condition.
One might very well ask, who sets the tone for the way law enforcement agents act in the United States of America? Who sets the tone for the culture of policing in any country?
Here is a video of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo expressing his views on this incident. You can watch it by clicking on the screen immediately below –
To watch the video of Martin Gugino and his encounter with the Emergency Response Team of the Buffalo, New York police, click on –
To visit a CBC news report on this matter, click on – https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/2-buffalo-officers-charged-with-assault-after-video-showed-police-shoving-75-year-old-man-1.5601682
To visit a CNN report on this, visit – https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/us/buffalo-police-officers-plead-not-guilty-old-man/index.html
To visit an earlier post on Niagara At Large on this matter, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/06/05/violent-police-related-incident-shines-light-of-shame-on-buffalo/
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