Martin Gugino

 Martin Gugino is elderly man from Buffalo best known as a 75 year old who was shoved to the ground by two police officers while they enforcing a curfew at the area of Niagara Square. The incident what caught in a video that has gone viral amassing over 78 million views.

The two police officers involved Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe were suspended without pay and charged with second degree assault. The plead not guilty to charges on 06 June 2020 .

Martin Gugino can been seen bleeding while Buffalo police officers walk past. A medic can be heard being called so that he can be assisted.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released the statement following the incident:

“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.”

Mayor Bryon Brown also released a statement announcing the suspension of the two police officers.

"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. The victim is in stable but serious condition at ECMC. I was deeply disturbed by the video, as was Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood. He directed an immediate investigation into the matter and the two officers have been suspended without pay. 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. My thoughts are with the victim tonight."


Martin Gugino is longtime human rights advocate.


Martin Gugino is 75 year old as of 2020.

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Home City Buffalo, New York
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