Buffalo police were suspended after video recording showing a 75-year-old man being pressured during the protest

Buffalo police plead not guilty to throwing 75-year-old man

Both were charged with second-degree assault and released without charge.

The officers – identified by Erie County District Attorney As Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32 – were charged through teleconference and had the same lawyer. The officers, who were with the emergency department of the police department, are scheduled to appear in court again on July 20.

CNN is trying to contact Torgalski and McCabe for comment.

Video from a demonstration on Thursday shows two officers pushing Martin Gugino back. He falls on the sidewalk, where his head is bleeding. Officers and others walk beside him, some looking down at him as they pass.

Gugino was treated for a head injury.

Officers showed up on Saturday morning, County District Attorney Erie John Flynn told a news conference after the complaint.

Flynn said he was prepared to charge officers on Friday, but “did not want to add fuel to the fire” after learning that 57 officers had resigned from the emergency team on Friday and “were not going to come last night to protect the city.” of Buffalo. ”

Flynn was worried about the security of the city, protesters and officers on Friday night.

“I was generally worried about what might happen if I did it yesterday afternoon and there was not enough security in the city center,” he said, “so I decided to do it this morning.”

Asked how officers should respond to a 75-year-old protester, Flynn said: “You don’t break a skull in concrete.” If the man did something illegal, he should have been arrested, Flynn said.

“You don’t get a cane and push, along with the officer next to him,” and you hit him and he “breaks his head,” Flynn said.

Flynn’s comments came after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that officers should be fired and prosecutors should move “fairly but quickly”.

“When I saw the video, I got sick to my stomach,” Cuomo said. “I will encourage the proxy not to do what happened in Minneapolis, which the delay itself has caused problems. People don’t want ambiguity. They’re upset and they want answers.”

Mayor Byron Brown told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday night that he had been told that emergency crews were being trained to keep moving forward.

“Integrated with them are doctors, officers with first aid training,” he said. “The doctors were right behind the front line unit that kept moving forward and within a few seconds, the doctors gave first aid.”

CNN’s Jay Croft contributed to the report.

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