BUFFALO – Two Buffalo Police officers plead not guilty to second-degree assault after allegedly shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground during a protest this week.
A crowd of fellow police officers and supporters cheered outside the courthouse Saturday as Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski walked out.
Both were suspended after video surfaced of them shoving the man to the ground, causing his head to bleed. The incident happened after curfew during a Black Lives Matter protest outside city hall.
While some have called for the police officers to be fired, McCabe and Torgalski remain suspended without pay. Both face a felony hearing July 20, due to the age of the man. They were released without bond.
New York Governor Cuomo said he was sick to his stomach when he saw the incident on video.
Over 50 officers resigned from the emergency response team on Friday.
Buffalo’s Mayor Byron Brown said that’s because they felt pressured by the police union.