Furious their Blue Privilege is no longer being recognized, 57 Buffalo police officers resigned today from the department’s Emergency Response Team to protest the suspension of two cops without pay after they were caught on video assaulting a 75-year-old man for not complying fast enough, leaving him lying on the sidewalk with blood seeping from his ear.
But the resignations appear to more ceremonial than anything because all 57 cops remain on the force, still collecting a paycheck, still carrying the badge.
They just don’t want to be part of the Emergency Response Team if they are not allowed to attack non-resisting citizens. That is just a dealbreaker for what is considered an “elite” team. The Emergency Response Team has been responsible for enforcing the city’s curfew in the wake of the protests.
Truth is, this is nothing but an act of manipulation, no different than the Blue Flu that affects cops when public sentiment turns against them, resulting in cops calling in sick in mass to protest any attempt at accountability. In the past, it has proven to be very effective because local governments tend to succumb to the manipulative demands of police.
But public sentiment has never been this strong against cops now that the world had a front row seat to the murder of George Floyd so it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out.
Buffalo police initially lied by claiming the man, Martin Gugino, had tripped on his own. It was only after the video surfaced that they had to backtrack on that lie.
According to the Daily Beast:
“If they resigned, I’m exceptionally disappointed by it because it indicates to me that they did not see anything wrong with the actions last night,” Erie County Executive Marc Poloncarz said at a press conference.
The Buffalo Police Department initially reported that Gugino, a longtime peace activist in Buffalo, was injured during protests on Thursday night when he tripped and fell.
They switched gears after video surfaced showing that he was clearly shoved and fell backward, cracking his head on the ground, causing blood to trickle out of his ear immediately.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that he got nauseous after seeing the video.
“It was the same feeling I’ve had for 90 of the past nights when I would get the death totals from coronavirus,” he said. “I would physically get sick to my stomach, and when I saw the video I got sick to my stomach.”
Cuomo also said suspension wasn’t enough.
“I think the city should pursue firing, and I think the district attorney should look at the situation for possible criminal charges,” he said.
Gugino, a veteran activist from Buffalo, is usually very active on Twitter but has not checked in since the incident. Last we heard, he was rushed to the hospital in serious but stable condition. New York State police have been called in to assist the Buffalo Police Department now that officers are throwing a tantrum and don’t want to work anymore.