news.com.au by AAP Friday, June 05, 2020
Two police officers have been suspended without pay after a video showed them shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground in Buffalo, New York, as US protests over the police killing of George Floyd continued into their 10th night.
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.
One officer pushes him with a baton and a second one with his hand. The sound of a crack is heard and then blood trickles from the man’s head.
The man, who is white, is not identified.
“I was deeply disturbed by the video,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said in a statement. “After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, police leadership and members of the community, tonight’s event is disheartening.”
The incident drew widespread condemnation on social media as protesters returned to the streets of several US cities to demonstrate against police brutality.
The video shows the majority of the officers march past after the man falls, though the officer who pushed him with a baton starts to lean over him before he is motioned away by another officer.
Two medics came forward and helped the man into an ambulance.
Police later said a man was injured after tripping and falling.
But after viewing the video, Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood ordered an investigation and suspended the two officers, Brown said.
The victim is in stable but serious condition in hospital.