George Floyd Protest: 57 police riot team resign after shoving 75-year-old to ground
London, June 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Less than 24 hours after a 75-year-old man was pushed to the ground by members of the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team and a video of the incident during a protest drew widespread condemnation, all 57 members of the team resigned from the unit.
The mass resignation by the police riot team came after members of the team that responds to riots and other crowd control situations, were suspended without pay. Two law enforcement sources confirmed the resignations.
The police riot team unit was clearing the area in Niagara Square at the emergency curfew, in effect as a result of protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, which have roiled cities across the nation. During Thursday’s demonstration
One officer is seen on a video, recorded by a WBFO reporter, pushing Martin Gugino of Amherst. Gugino fell to the ground, his head hitting the sidewalk, and was hospitalised.
Fifty-seven police officers in Buffalo, New York, have resigned from the force's emergency response team following the suspension of two officers who allegedly pushed a 75-year-old man to the ground during a protest, a source says https://t.co/ygqeTMTxDI— CNN (@CNN) June 5, 2020
The incident that precipitated the resignations drew attention around the world on social media and from traditional media outlets and renewed calls for reform in the Buffalo Police Department.
The Emergency Response Team members have not quit the police department, but have stepped down from the tactical unit, according to the sources. Spectrum News first reported the resignations on Twitter, along with WIVB-TV
“I can say that Buffalo will be safe this weekend,” Mayor Byron Brown said at a news conference Friday evening. “We have a contingency plan.”
Brown said protesters in the streets and residents in their home would be protected.
“My goal as mayor is to bring the city together during this difficult time, to let all of our residents living in every single neighbourhood know that they are cared about, that they are protected, to let our peaceful protesters know that their voices are being heard, that we are listening, that we will work with them for real change on the issues of police brutality in the city of Buffalo racial injustice,” he said.