After the suspension of two officers, the whole Buffalo police Emergency Response Team has resigned. On Thursday evening, two officers because of a video were suspended without pay in Niagara Square.
The video shows, a 75-year-old, Martin Gugino was shoved by officers which led him to fall on the ground. After that Gugino reported have serious conditions at ECMC hospital. The whole incident occurred just after the curfew.
The 57 officers have only left the job of Emergency Response Team. They didn’t resign from the department as these 2 officers were only following the orders of the DPC Joe Gramaglia for clearing the Square.
It means they are still a part of the department but will no longer work as the Emergency Response Team linked with protest. Buffalo PBA representative said, “these officers were simply following orders given by DPC Joe Gramaglia to clear the Square.”
This is the email that 7 Eyewitness News got a copy from Buffalo Police Benevolent Association President John Evans,
In just a matter of a few hours of this email, the officers announced the resignation. The email also shed light on the mistreatment of PO Corey Krug. Last year, Krug was charged for defaming constitutional rights but later found not guilty.
That was connected with an incidence of 2014 which is caught by 7 Eyewitness News. (Read: Minneapolis Bans Police Chokehold: What Are All the New & Immediate Policy Changes Post George Floyd’s Death.)
The department hasn’t said clearly about the role of this ERT for the protest that may occur in the upcoming days. While Mayor Byron Brown stated once that they have already had plans for this team.
Knowing this, a New York State Police spokesperson stated that the department knows about the resignation of ERT. They are ready by adding new officers for the region affected.
The office of the Eri County District Attorney John Flynn has the job of investigation of the two suspended officers. They are doing their work to make things clear for an unbiased decision of putting charges on officers or not.
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