A 75-year-old man has been rushed to the hospital after a cop gave him a slight push and he hit his head on the floor and started bleeding.
The incident took place on the 4th of June, 2020 during a protest in Buffalo, New York.
As evident in the video, the 75-year-old man is seen approaching the policemen before one of them pushed him.
Consequently, the old man was seen falling backwards and eventually hit his head on the steps of Buffalo City Hall after.
At first, there were claims that the 75-year-old had stumbled and fell. The video has, however, proven otherwise.
Meanwhile, the two police officers directly involved have been suspended without pay.
In the video, after the man fell down, one of the officers attempted to go back and help him. However, the other officer stopped him.
Onlookers could be heard screaming that the man is bleeding but the officers paid no attention and kept on moving.
The man was ultimately taken by an ambulance to the hospital later on.
According to a source who spoke to WIVB, the man suffered from a laceration and a possible concussion.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown took to Twitter on Thursday night to react to the incident.
According to him, the elderly man was in “stable but serious condition” at the Erie County Medical Center Hospital.
Brown said: “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…
“After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, Police leadership and members of the community, tonight’s event is disheartening.
“I hope to continue to build on the progress we have achieved as we work together to address racial injustice and inequity in the City of Buffalo,” he added.
Also, Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has faulted the action of the officers involved.
He said, “This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful. I’ve spoken with Buffalo @MayorByronBrown and we agree that the officers involved should be immediately suspended pending a formal investigation.
“Police Officers must enforce — NOT ABUSE — the law,” he added.
Buffalo Police Department Captain Jeff Rinaldo told CBS News later Thursday night that the officers have been suspended and that an investigation has been launched.
He said, “the Police Commissioner has immediately suspended two officers without pay in connection with the incident observed in the video.”
clip from the scene below: