Two New York police officers have been suspended after a viral video showed them shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground on Thursday night.
The graphic video shared on Twitter shows a man walking up to Buffalo Police Department officers. It is unclear if he exchanged words with the officers before he is shoved to the sidewalk. The man stumbles back and falls and the video shows him motionless and bleeding from his head.
Just about an hour ago, police officers shove man in Niagara Square to the ground (WARNING: Graphic). Video from: @MikeDesmondWBFO pic.twitter.com/JBKQLvzfET
— WBFO (@WBFO) June 5, 2020
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted Friday morning that a hospital official said the man was “alert and oriented.”
New update on the 75 year old man injured during last night’s BPD incident: he is still in serious but stable condition at the Erie County Medical Center and, as was relayed to me by an ECMC official, he is “alert and oriented.” That is better news. Let’s hope he fully recovers.
— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) June 5, 2020