A police unit of 57 officers in the Buffalo Police Department resigned from their special duties on Friday (5 June) after two of its members suspended for a 75-year-old protester's injury in the George Floyd march.
Members of the emergency response team, whose job is In controlling crowds and preventing riots in protests and demonstrations, from the tactical unit, but they did not resign from the police force. And they will reportedly keep their regular duties. The head of the Buffalo Police's Benevolent association John Evans said that the 57 policemen resigned from "disgust" because of the way their colleagues were treated. Evans said that the arrested officers “simply follow orders.” Evans said in a text message to the investigative post.: “Don't put them there if you don't want them to do the job. This is an example of the officers doing exactly what they're supposed to do and then charging.” To them ... This is very wrong."
On Thursday (4 June), two officers were caught in a video clip pushing a 75-year-old protester, Martin Gugino, who hit his head on the sidewalk and started bleeding. Gugino has been taken to hospital for treatment and is said to be on alert, targeted, and in a serious but stable condition. According to friends, a long-time peace activist Gugino has always appeared in protest rallies in Buffalo for more than a decade already. After the accident, the anonymous police officers were slapped for criminal investigation.
"I was sick in my stomach," said New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo at his press conference Friday morning. They should be laid off from the police station. Como said, referring to the video. “It was the same feeling that I felt for the past 90 nights when I received the death toll due to the Coronavirus. I was physically ill in my stomach.” The Mayor of Buffalo Prion Brown confirmed the mass resignation in a statement but emphasized an emergency plan to ensure public safety As George Floyd protests continue to demonstrate, the mayor said, "The Buffalo Police continue to work actively with the New York State Police and other cooperating agencies."