The elderly Buffalo man who suffered a concussion after being shoved to the ground during a protest by two police officers is allegedly unable to return to his home due to death threats. Martin Gugino, 75, was clearly a victim in this situation, but that hasn’t stopped some people from coming after him.
- Officers Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32, are pleading not guilty. They were charged with second-degree assault but were released without bail on June 6. When they do actually go to court, they will be pleading not guilty. Chances are, they’ll get off scot-free.
- Lest we forget, the rest of the emergency response team resigned in protest. Once Torgalski and McCabe were fired from their jobs, the remaining 57 officers on the response team quit, not because they believed what their colleagues did was inappropriate but because they couldn’t believe the officers had been held to account.
- Martin Gugino’s attorney revealed the death threats against her client. Kelly Zarcone told TMZ that several angry individuals have threatened violence against Gugino and even herself, all because of a false rumor spreading around that Gugino has been arrested hundreds of times and is known for inciting riots. In reality, he’s been arrested four times for peaceful protests and one case of criminal trespass which he was later acquitted on.
- Can we not just stop with the death threats? No one should be threatening the lives of police officers OR private citizens. Gugino has done nothing here but exercise his constitutional right to peaceful protest and he was assaulted while doing so. The police officers involved need to be held to account and face up to their crimes and Gugino, who is a victim, needs to be allowed to recover and live his life in peace. What’s so hard for people to understand about this?