Violent incident at Buffalo protest caught on video

An elderly man falls after appearing to be shoved by riot police during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Buffalo New York

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A police officer goes to help the man bleeding on the ground but is pushed on by his colleague as they continue down the street.

The footage shows blood trickling from the man's ear as he lay unconscious on the sidewalk. Someone else shouts, "Get a medic!" During the incident, which was recorded on video, Floyd can be heard telling the officers that he couldn't breathe.

The video drew immediate condemnation.

The 75-year-old man, who was seriously injured when shoved by police in Buffalo, is a longtime social justice activist, an advocacy organization he's worked with said Friday.

The video, filmed by local radio station WBFO, shows the man walking towards a line of police officers who were clearing people from a city square as a curfew started.

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The police commissioner suspended two police officers without pay, said Mayor Byron Brown.

The police commissioner suspended two police officers without pay, the mayor said.

"After days of peaceful protests and several meeting between myself, police leadership and members of the community, tonight's event is disheartening.

Where was the threat?" asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo at his daily briefing Friday.

"You see that video and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity", Cuomo said, pondering how an "older gentleman" could possibly have threatened the officers. Buffalo police spokesman Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said he believes the man's injuries include a laceration and "possible concussion", while Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said it was a "serious head injury".

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The New York Attorney General's Office said, on Twitter, it is aware of the video, which quickly went viral Thursday evening, attracting national and global attention. The video, via WBFO, can be seen below.

The incident is now under investigation. News has reached out to the Buffalo Police Department for comment and has not yet heard back.

Protests have broken out across the country in response to the May 25 death of George Floyd. The clip was made all the more disturbing by the complete apathy that numerous surrounding police officers seemed to exhibit, with some actively attempting to block their fellow cops from helping the victim.

Since Floyd's death, which has been ruled a homicide, protesters nationwide have decried police brutality and racial inequality.

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