A video of Thursday’s demonstration shows a row of officers walking toward the man and being pushed by two. His head bleeds on the sidewalk as officers walk in front of him, and some look at him.
The two officers were suspended without pay.
The identity of the man, Martin Gugino, was confirmed by Cuomo’s office on Friday. On Friday, authorities said Gugino was hospitalized in a serious but stable condition.
Mike DeGeorge, a spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department told CNN that, based on the initial video, the police released a statement saying that Gugino had stumbled and fell.
After more videos were available, the police modified that statement, and Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended the officers and opened an investigation.
“The administration moved quickly” and “corrected” the information, DeGeorge said.
Mayor Byron Brown described the incident as “disheartening” and said that his thoughts are with Gugino.
Erie County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the prosecutors.
Gugino He said he had a head wound, and was unable to make a statement to investigators Thursday evening.
Como said the officers should be expelled and the prosecution must act “fairly but swiftly.”
“When I watched the video, I fell ill on my stomach,” Como said. “I would encourage the attorney general not to do what happened in Minneapolis, and the delay itself caused problems,” he said, adding, “People do not want to be vague. They are upset and want answers.”
He said earlier on Twitter, “This incident is absolutely unjustified and extremely shameful … Police officers must enforce the law – not offend -“.
Como said he spoke to Gugino.
“Fortunately, he is alive,” Como said on Friday at his daily press conference in Albany. “You see this video, and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity.”
Como also called for an attack on police officers, saying: “You have incidents in which the police were beaten with bricks in the head. Who are we?”
Laura Dolan of CNN contributed to this report.