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BUFFALO – Two Buffalo Police Officers have been suspended without pay after they were seen on video pushing an elderly man protesting the death of George Floyd.
As police enforced the 8 p.m. curfew, a 75-year-old man approaches them and at least one officer appears to push the man, causing him to stumble, fall, and hit his head.
The Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the man has a serious head injury and is in stable condition at the hospital.
Originally Buffalo Police said the man tripped and fell, but once the additional video from WBFO was seen, the commissioner opened an immediate investigation.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he is “disturbed” by the video and his thoughts are with the victim.
Locally, two protests have occurred so far, one Sunday afternoon where law enforcement met with the community to discuss reforms and the other Sunday night where two were arrested after allegedly confronting protestors.