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Two officers with the Buffalo Police Department have been suspended without pay after video surfaced showing them shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground Thursday evening, causing him to hit his head on the sidewalk and suffer a serious head injury, officials said.
The footage, shot by local NPR affiliate WBFO, shows the man walking up to uniformed officers in Buffalo’s Niagara Square during a demonstration against police brutality and over George Floyd’s death. The officers, who had begun enforcing curfew, yell what sounds like “move!” and “push him back!” One officer can be seen pushing the man with an outstretched arm, while another shoves a baton into him. A third officer appears to shove colleagues toward the man.
The man falls to the ground. His head whips backward onto the pavement with a thud, and then he lies motionless.
“He’s bleeding out of his ear!” someone yells, as blood pools beneath the man’s head.
The officers then keep walking, leaving the man on the ground.
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