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75 Years Old Protester Pushed By Policeman Can’t Walk Again

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In a statement provided to CMM by the lawyer of Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old protester who was pushed by two Buffalo, New York, police officers earlier this month.

He said Gugino had a fractured
skull and is not able to walk.

Based on the initial video, police issued a statement that said Gugino tripped and fell, Buffalo Police spokesman Mike DeGeorge told
CMM reporters.

Police later amended that statement and suspended the officers without pay and opened an investigation.

After video of the incident spread widely Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it was ” wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful” Gugino became the focus of a conspiracy theory pushed by One America News Network and President Donald Trump that suggested the 75-year-old was an “ANTIFA provocateur” and that his serious injury “could be a set up.”

CMM has not been able to speak with Gugino directly, but in her press statement, Zarcone passed along a message from him: “I think it’s very unnecessary to focus on me.

There are plenty of other things to think about besides me.”

On June 4 Gugino was injured when two police officers shoved him backwards during a protest against racism and police brutality.

Video of the incident shows that he fell to the sidewalk and his head began bleeding as other officers walked by him.

Officers Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32, each pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and have been released on their own
recognizance without bail.

Based on the initial video, police issued a statement that said Gugino tripped and fell, Buffalo Police spokesman Mike DeGeorge told
CMM.

Police later amended that statement and suspended the officers without pay and opened an investigation.

Gugino is focused on getting better and he remains in rehabilitation, Zarcone told CMM reporters.

“I am not at liberty to elaborate at this time other than to confirm that his skull was fractured,” Gugino’s attorney Kelly Zarcone said.

“While he is not able to walk yet, we were able to have a short conversation before he became
too tired.

He is appreciative of all of the concern about him but he is still focused on the issues rather than himself.”

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