75-year-old Buffalo protester pushed by police has fractured skull and cannot walk

WION Web Team
Washington, United States Published: Jun 17, 2020, 10:14 AM(IST)

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Martin Gugino was filmed being shoved over by cops in Buffalo and lying on the ground in pain while blood streamed from his head earlier this month. 

The 75-year-old peace activist who was filmed being pushed to the ground by Buffalo police during a Black Lives Matter protest has a skull fracture and can't walk, his lawyer has said. 

Martin Gugino was filmed being shoved over by cops in Buffalo and lying on the ground in pain while blood streamed from his head earlier this month. 

He had not aggravated the officers and was instead protesting peacefully. 

Also read: Video shows police in Buffalo, New York, shoving 75-year-old man to ground

On Tuesday, his attorney said that he had a skull fracture and still had not recovered fully. 

Gugino was violently pushed by Buffalo cops earlier this month while peacefully protesting
Gugino was violently pushed by Buffalo cops earlier this month while peacefully protesting

'I am not at liberty to elaborate at this time other than to confirm that his skull was fractured. 

Also read: Two Buffalo police officers charged with assault in shoving 75-year old to ground

'While he is not able to walk yet, we were able to have a short conversation before he became too tired.

The 75-year-old lay on the ground, bleeding from the head, but no cop stopped to help him
The 75-year-old lay on the ground, bleeding from the head, but no cop stopped to help him

'He is appreciative of all of the concern about him but he is still focused on the issues rather than himself,' Gugino’s attorney Kelly Zarcone told said.

The video of him being hurt emerged at the height of nationwide protests over police brutality. 

It was admonished by leaders but President Trump suggested Gugino had somehow hatched it up as a stunt. He claimed on Twitter, without evidence, that Gugino was an Antifa 'provocateur'. 

The president was widely criticized for his remarks. 

Among critics was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who called it 'reprehensible' and said: 'And from the president of the United States at this moment of anguish and anger. He pours gasoline on the fire. 

'If there was ever, if he ever feels a moment of decency, he should apologize for that tweet.' 

He called it 'wholly unacceptable' and said there was 'Not a piece of proof. Personally disparaging when the man is still in the hospital. 'Show some decency, some humanity,' he continued.

Gugino's lawyer previously said he had no connection to Antifa.

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