US officers suspended after caught shoving 75-year-old manArchive
Prosecutors investigated on Friday after a television crew captured a police officer in Buffalo shoving a 75-year-old man who then falls and cracks his head, a confrontation that resulted in the suspension of two officers.
The video from WFBO of Thursday night's encounter, which happened near the conclusion of race protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, quickly sparked outrage.
It showed an officer pushing a man who approached a line of officers clearing demonstrators from Niagara Square around the time of an 8pm curfew. The man falls backward and hits his head on the pavement. Blood leaks out as officers walk past.
The mayor, Byron Brown, said in a statement that the man, who hasn't been publicly identified, was in serious condition.
"A hospital official said he was alert and oriented,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted Friday morning. "Let's hope he fully recovers," Poloncarz said.