BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two Buffalo police officers are under investigation after video shows them shove a 75-year-old man, who falls and hits his head on the pavement.
— WBFO (@WBFO) June 5, 2020
Mayor Byron Brown said the officers have also been suspended without pay.
“After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, Police leadership and members of the community, tonight’s event is disheartening,” the mayor tweeted.
— Byron W. Brown (@MayorByronBrown) June 5, 2020
The victim was hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo reacted on Twitter, calling the incident “wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.”
“Police officers must enforce – NOT ABUSE – the law,” he added.
This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.
I’ve spoken with Buffalo @MayorByronBrown and we agree that the officers involved should be immediately suspended pending a formal investigation.
Police Officers must enforce — NOT ABUSE — the law. https://t.co/EYIbTlXnPt
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 5, 2020
The New York Civil Liberties Union also released as statement, reading in part, “The casual cruelty demonstrated by Buffalo police officers tonight is gut-wrenching and unacceptable. Suspensions and an investigation are already in order, but there is little more we have to see to know what took place.”
Police officers cannot continue to hide behind the lie that they are protecting and serving.
— NYCLU (@NYCLU) June 5, 2020
New York Attorney General Letisha James said that she is aware of the video.