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57 New York police officers resign from ERT over shoving 75-year-old man to the ground during protest

The entire Emergency Response Team (ERT) at the Buffalo Police Department have resigned over the incident of a 75-year-old-man pushed to the ground.

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The 57 officers reportedly resigned to show their support for the two officers who were suspended as they were directly involved in the incident.

The two policemen had shoved an elderly man, Mr Martin Gugino to the ground during a protest in New York on the 4th of June.

WIVB reporter, Dave Greber confirmed this in a tweet on the 5th of June.

According to him, a total of about 57 officers resigned on Friday. He also said they are still employed, but no longer on ERT.

In the video shared online, Mr Martin fell on his back and hit his head on the steps of Buffalo City Hall which led to him bleeding from the head. 

Buffalo Police Commissioner reacting to the incident, announced that the two officers directly involved in the incident were suspended without pay. 

To show support for the suspended cops, the other members of the ERT at the Buffalo Police Department resigned from the special squad.

Mayor Byron Brown has also issued a statement, saying the city is aware of these resignations. 

“The City of Buffalo is aware of developments related to the work assignments of certain members of the Buffalo police force.

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“At this time, we can confirm that contingency plans are in place to maintain police services and ensure public safety within our community.

“The Buffalo police continue to actively work with the New York State Police and other cooperating agencies.”

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