BUFFALO, NEW YORK — The Buffalo police officers caught on video pushing an elderly man to the ground and seriously injuring him were charged with second-degree assault this morning during a virtual arraignment, WIVB reports.
Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski were suspended after video showing them shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground Thursday night went viral. The incident took place during a demonstration in front of Buffalo City Hall.
Officer Aaron Torgalski (who appears to be trying to avoid the webcam) is also charged with second degree assault. He will also be released on his own recognizance. pic.twitter.com/iS2pKX7pYk
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Both officers pleaded not guilty and were released on their own recognizance. They will reappear on July 20 for a felony hearing and remain suspended from the police force without pay.