ELDERLY BUFFALO PROTESTERHAS FRACTURED SKULL, CAN’T WALKAfter Violent Shove from Cops
Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old protester who was seen on video being pushed to the ground by two Buffalo, N.Y., police officers earlier this month has a fractured skull, is unable to walk and remains in the hospital, according to a statement provided to CNN by the man’s lawyer.
“I am not at liberty to elaborate at this time other than to confirm that his skull was fractured,” Gugino’s lawyer Kelly Zarcone told the news outlet. “While he is not able to walk yet, we were able to have a short conversation before he became too tired.
He is appreciative of all of the concern about him but he is still focused on the issues rather than himself.”
Gugino is focused on getting better and he remains in rehabilitation, Zarcone told CNN on Tuesday.
“Barring something unusual and unforeseen, I don’t expect much change at all this week,” she said.
Gugino was injured when two police officers shoved him backwards during a protest against racism and police brutality on June 4. Video of the incident shows that he fell to the sidewalk and his head began bleeding as other officers walked by him.
Officers Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32, each pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and have been released on their own recognizance without bail.
President Trump in response last week shared an unfounded conspiracy theory about the incident, suggesting Gugino was part of the far-left group Antifa.
“Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out equipment,” Trump tweeted last Tuesday referring to a report from One America News Network (OANN).
“I watched, he fell harder than was pushed,” Trump added. “Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?”