June 4, 2020
By: Staff Report
WARNING THE VIDEO BELOW CAN BE UPSETTING TO SOME VIEWERS.
WBFO BUFFALO NY: Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing.
An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head.
Two medics came forward and treated him. They helping put him in an ambulance and he was taken away. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Thursday night, tweeted he has confirmed the man is in stable condition at ECMC.
A Buffalo Police spokesman issued a statement at 8:50 p.m. Thursday saying “a 5th person was arrested during a skirmish with other protestors and also charged with disorderly conduct. During that skirmish involving protestors, one person was injured when he tripped & fell.”
Department officials have since said a full Internal Affairs investigation is underway and that Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood has ordered the immediate suspension of the two officers involved, without pay.
The spokesman said other four people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges for blocking traffic in Niagara Square during the protest.