Buffalo protester Martin Gugino has brain injury after being pushed by cops

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Martin Gugino, 75, suffered a brain injury after the Buffalo incident, according to his lawyer

The peace activist in Buffalo who was seriously injured after being shoved by the police suffered a brain injury, according to his lawyer.

Martin Gugino, 75, begins physical therapy after being hospitalized in intensive care following last week’s incident, lawyer Kelly Zarcone told WNBC-TV on Thursday.

“As heartbreaking as it may be, his brain is injured and he is well aware of it now,” Zarcone said in a statement.

“He feels encouraged and elevated by the outpouring of support he has received from so many people around the world. It helps. He looks forward to healing and figuring out what his “new normal” might look like, “she said.

Zarcone did not specify the type of brain injury suffered by Gugino, or whether the damage could be permanent.

Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old protester, lies on the ground after being pushed by two policemen from Buffalo, New York, during a demonstration on June 4

Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old protester, lies on the ground after being pushed by two policemen from Buffalo, New York, during a demonstration on June 4

Gugino was injured last week when members of the Buffalo emergency response team ordered protesters to disperse shortly after the 8:00 p.m. curfew came into effect.

A shocking video shows him being pushed back by the police and breaking his head on the sidewalk as he falls.

The two officers involved, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, were both charged with aggravated assault. The ERT crowd control unit was effectively dissolved with the resignation of its nearly 60 other members in solidarity with their accused colleagues.

Legal experts unrelated to the case said the video of the incident may not be enough to convict them, given the legal requirements for conviction.

One of them even went so far as to suggest that the charges could be dismissed without an indictment.

Buffalo Police Officer Aaron Torgalski Suspended

Robert McCabe, Buffalo Police Officer Suspended

The two officers involved, Aaron Torgalski (left) and Robert McCabe (right) were both charged with criminal assault

In this 2016 photo, Martin Gugino, on the right, holds a sign saying

In this 2016 photo, Martin Gugino, on the right, holds a sign that says “Resist Racism” in Washington, D.C., as part of a demonstration against the 2014 murder of the 12-year-old African-American Tamir Rice

“It might not even get out of the grand jury,” Rodney O. Personius, a criminal defense lawyer, told Buffalo News. “I think there is an opportunity to take this to a panel of citizens. You could even ask your client to testify before the grand jury.

“Where was the intention to hurt? said Timothy W. Hoover, a Buffalo lawyer who was acquitted by a Buffalo police officer two years ago. “Watching the video, I don’t see any inappropriate action or any intention to hurt. “

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump made an unfounded statement that Gugino was an antifa agent trying to scan or disrupt police radios with his cell phone.

Gugino is a longtime Catholic peace activist in Buffalo, but White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended Trump’s claim.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended Trump's claim that Gugino is a secret antifa agent who was trying to scan police radios using his cell phone

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended Trump’s claim that Gugino is a secret antifa agent who was trying to scan police radios using his cell phone

President Donald Trump baselessly claimed that Gugino was an antifa agent

President Donald Trump baselessly claimed that Gugino was an antifa agent

McEnany faced the mass media on Wednesday for the first time since Trump said on Twitter that Gugino may have been part of an “organization” and may even have deliberately organized his fall to smear the police.

“It is not a baseless conspiracy – not at all. I don’t recognize him, “said McEnany, when he was repeatedly pressed over the Trump tweet.

“The president was asking questions about an interaction and a video clip he saw and the president has the right to ask them,” she said, referring to a video put together by the good victory One America News that Trump referenced Tuesday in the explosive tweet.

“The president has no regrets for defending the men and women of law enforcement across the country,” she said.

“This person had very questionable tweets, blasphemous tweets about the police,” said McEnany of Gugino, who was run over by police in Buffalo.

She described Trump’s tweet – which also raised the unproven possibility that Gugino was involved with antifa – as part of the media and other obligation to ask questions and analyze the information.

“In this tweet he sent, he had no tolerance for violence. He did not pass particular judgment on these two officers. But what he said is this: When we see a short snippet of a video, it is up to journalists and those investigating a situation to ask questions, “she said.

Pressed on whether Trump should gather facts before sending back a tweet, McEnany protested, “The president had facts. “

She said the nation is going through a time when people are “reflexively policing”.

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