Entire BPD Emergency Response Team Resigns
By David Johnson/ BNC Digital Reporter
Local Buffalo News Station (WIVB) confirmed Friday that 57 total police officers from the Buffalo Emergency Response Team division have resigned.
The mass resignation came in response to two Buffalo police officers being suspended for shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground.
Viral videos surfaced Thursday of Gugino bleeding from the back of his head after being shoved, and the police officer wanting to help Gugino, but was quickly grabbed to keep going.
Gugino was left bleeding on the ground for an unknown amount of time. He is listed in serious condition at Eric County Medical Center.
The 57 police officers have resigned in support of the two suspended police officers without pay.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown responded to the resignations stating:
“The City of Buffalo is aware of developments related to the work assignments of certain members of the Buffalo police force. At this time, we can confirm that contingency plans are in place to maintain police services and ensure public safety within our community. The Buffalo police continue to actively work with the New York State Police and other cooperating agencies.”
We will have more on this story as it develops.