Two US police officers have been suspended after a video appearing to show them violently push a 75-year-old protester to the ground went viral on social media, causing outrage across the globe.
The confronting vision shows riot police marching through Niagara Square in Buffalo, New York when they’re approached by the elderly man.
In the footage, the man can be seen saying something to the officers before he’s shoved and knocked unconscious after hitting his head on the pavement.
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Blood can then be seen pouring from one ear, with bystanders heard yelling “You better get an ambulance for him” and “What the f* why are you walking off for”.
In a statement released a short time ago, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown confirmed the officers involved have been suspended without pay.
“Tonight, after a physical altercation between two separate groups of protesters participating in an illegal demonstration beyond the curfew, two Buffalo Police officers knocked down a 75-year-old man,” he said.
“I was deeply disturbed by the video, as was Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron lockwood… He directed an immediate investigation into the matter, and the two officers have 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”.
Mayor Brown said the man remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also released a statement condemning the actions of the officers.
“The incident in Buffalo is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful,” Mr Cuomo said.
“I’ve spoken with City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and we agree that the officers involved should be immediately suspended pending a formal investigation. Police officers must enforce — NOT ABUSE — the law.”
WARNING: Some readers may find the below vision confronting.
Two police officers in Buffalo, New York, were suspended after shoving a protester in this incident that was caught on video. An official said the man was hospitalized with a head injury.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 5, 2020