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Buffalo's Emergency Response Team resigns after protester injured, 2 officers suspended

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Updated: June 05, 2020 08:15 PM
Created: June 05, 2020 03:22 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ/WHEC) — The Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team has resigned from their posts a day after a video showing a 75-year-old protester being pushed and seriously injured went viral.

Two officers were suspended without pay because of the incident.

“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” said John Evans, PBA president told our Buffalo affiliate.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood says while those officers resigned, they did not leave the force.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the New York State Police are bringing in more Troopers to assist Buffalo. 

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the incident.

On Friday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James released the following statement:

“The video captured on June 4th shows what appears to be a horrific display of abuse and lack of concern for New Yorkers by the Buffalo Police Department. My office supports the investigation by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, and we stand by ready to assist should they need it.” 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tweeted several statements condemning the incident.


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