Video shows police in Buffalo, New York, shoving 75-year-old man to ground

Video shows police in Buffalo, New York, shoving 75-year-old man to ground

Screengrab from video showing police in the United States pushing over an old man
Screengrab showing the man on the ground after being pushed. (Photo: Twitter/@Phil_Lewis_)

BUFFALO: As protests over the police killing of George Floyd continued into their tenth night on Thursday (Jun 4), a video shows police in Buffalo, New York, in riot gear shoving an elderly man to the ground and appearing to march past him.

The video taken by a reporter from local public radio station WBFO and posted on its website and Twitter account shows the white-haired man approaching a line of officers in riot gear. 

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One officer pushes him with a baton and a second one pushes him with his hand. The sound of a crack is heard and then blood is seen trickling from the man's head. The man is not identified.

The video shows the majority of the officers march past, though the officer who pushed the man with the baton starts to lean over him before he is motioned away by another officer. Someone is heard calling for a medic.

The man, who is 75, was knocked down by two Buffalo Police officers, said the city's mayor Byron W Brown in a tweet.

He is in a "stable but serious condition", said the mayor.

"I was deeply disturbed by the video, as was Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood. He directed immediate investigation into the matter, and the two officers have been suspended without pay," he wrote. 

WBFO reported that two medics came forward and helped the man into an ambulance. Police later said that a man was injured after tripping and falling, the radio station said.

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It later reported on Twitter that the two officers involved in the incident were suspended without pay and an internal affairs investigation is underway.

The injured man is in stable condition at a hospital in Buffalo, the radio station said on Twitter.

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