Update: 10: 52 pm ET
Two Buffalo police officers involved in the confrontation that left a protester injured have reportedly been suspended.
BREAKING: Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood has ordered the suspension of both officers involved in viral video in Niagara Square tonight @wkbw
— Hannah Buehler (@HannahBuehler) June 5, 2020
Videos captured during demonstrations in Buffalo, New York, show a police officer push an elderly man so roughly that he falls to the ground. The graphic video shows that he is bleeding from the head.
WARNING: DISTURBING VIDEOS
Buffalo-based news station WBFO shared a video on Twitter showing a man who appears to be elderly approaching police officers during a demonstration in Niagara Square. The man is seen speaking to the officers briefly before one of them pushes him, sending the man falling backwards, landing on his head.
— WBFO (@WBFO) June 5, 2020
Another local reporter shared video taken from a different angle, in which witnesses can be heard asking for medical attention for the injured man. One witness is heard saying that the man is unconscious.
Current situation in #Buffalo as police work to enforce the 8 p.m. curfew in Niagara Square. Caution: there is some vulgar language in the video. Tune to @SPECNewsBuffalo for the latest. Video Courtesy: Photojournalist Anthony Nelson pic.twitter.com/nP4AXgQGeR
— Katie Gibas (@KatieGibasTV) June 5, 2020
Shortly after the video went viral, a spokesperson for the Buffalo Police Department issued a statement claiming that a person attending the demonstration was injured when they “tripped and fell.” The statement has come under fire from journalists at the scene who witnessed the man being pushed.
— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) June 5, 2020
CrimeOnline is seeking further information about the man’s condition. We will have further updates when more information is available.
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[Feature image: Screenshot of WBFO Twitter]