The two officers that were caught on camera shoving an elderly protester have pleaded not guilty.
As protests erupted across the country over the past week and a half, it has been appalling to watch how police have been conducting themselves as people peacefully demonstrate against racism and police brutality. Nonetheless, there have been even more injustices at the hands of the police during the protests such as the death of David McAtee.
There's another clip that surfaced this week of an elderly man getting shoved to the ground by two police officers. What's worse is that the video shows him evidently bleeding while the police walk past him. New reports claim that the two officers responsible for the man's injury, Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, have turned themselves in. They were charged with second-degree assault, though they were released without bond. They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The officers were suspended without pay on Friday night after the footage circulated online. However, many of their fellow officers resigned from the emergency team after it was announced they'd be suspended.
"I think there was criminal liability from what I saw on the video,“ Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing Saturday. ”I think what the mayor did and the district attorney did was right, and I applaud them for acting as quickly as they did.”
We'll keep you posted on anymore updates regarding the case.