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Buffalo’s entire police emergency team ‘RESIGN’ after cops who shoved ‘peace’ activist, 75, to ground suspended

BUFFALO's entire police emergency team has "resigned" after cops who shoved a 75-year-old "peace" activist to the ground were suspended.

In response to the officers involved being suspended, the "entire Emergency Response Team has resigned from the team," News4Buffalo's Dave Greber tweeted Friday.

A total of 57 officers reportedly resigned as "a show of support for the officers who are suspended without pay" after shoving Gugino.

"They are still employed, but no longer on ERT," Greber added.

"The SWAT and Riot teams of the Buffalo Police Department have resigned their special assignments," a police source said, according to WHAM radio talk-show host Bob Lonsberry.

Cops who shoved the 75-year-old ‘peace activist’ to the ground should be fired and could face criminal charges, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Speaking at his daily press briefing on Friday, Gov Cuomo recalled seeing the video of the push - showing the victim bleeding and unconscious on the sidewalk - and said it made him "sick to his stomach."

“You see that video and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity. Why? Why was that necessary?

“An older gentleman. Where was the threat? And then you just walk by the person when you see blood coming from his head.

“It’s just fundamentally offensive and frightening. It's just frightening."

Blood could be seen coming from the elderly man's head after he was knocked to the ground on Thursday night.

The victim, later identified as Martin Gugino was taken to the hospital after the incident in serious condition but its now "alert and oriented," according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Cuomo discussed the recent string of violence following the death of George Floyd after Officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck during an arrest.

He said: "Who are we, how did we get to this place? Incidents of pushing the press, incidents of police getting hit with bricks in the head. And these are undeniable situations.”

Cuomo then urged that the city fire the officers involved.

"I think the district attorney should look at the situation for possible criminal charges," Cuomo added.

Now Cuomo is pushing for the “Say Their Name” Reform Agenda, which is set to pass next week.

The agenda would push to ban chokeholds, make false race-bace 911 calls classified as a hate crime, allow transparency of disciplinary records for officers under investigation, and  make the Attorney General an independent prosecutor for police murders.

“Reform works for everyone’s interest here. Stopping police abuse vindicates the overwhelming majority of police who are there to do the right thing and do the right thing every day." Cuomo said.

“It restores the confidence, the respect and the trust that you need to make this relationship work.”

The two officers were suspended by Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood after they were caught on video shoving Gugino to the ground.

A full Internal Affairs investigation is pending after the disturbing footage emerged on Thursday.

One of the officers involved in Thursday night's incident has been identified as Aaron Torgalski.

Video, originally obtained by radio station WFBO, shows the officers pushing the man to the ground.

One cop uses a baton, while the other one extended his arm to knock down Gugino.

The disturbing clip shows Gugino approach a crowd of officers in Niagara Square this evening before he is roughly pushed out of their way by at least two of them.

He stumbles back, falls to the ground, and appears to be knocked out as shouts of "he's bleeding out of his ears" can be heard and bystanders urged someone to call an ambulance.

When one officer attempts to bend down and check on the injured man, he is pulled back by his colleague.

WBFO reported that the man is now in a stable condition at ECMC in Buffalo after the brutal interaction with the cops.

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