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Man, 75, pushed by Buffalo cops in hiding after death threats 

Martin Gugino (pictured) is going into hiding after receiving death threats, his lawyer has said 

The 75-year-old longtime peace activist who cracked his head open and suffered a brain injury after he was pushed to the ground by Buffalo cops during a Black Lives Matter protest is going into hiding after receiving death threats, his lawyer has said.  

Martin Gugino will not return home on his release from hospital because ‘concerning and threatening messages and one letter’ sent to the elderly man have sparked fears over his safety, lawyer Kelly Zarcone said Thursday.  

‘It is not clear that these are credible death threats,’ Zarcone told the NY Post. 

‘In order to avoid the risk, Martin will be recovering in an undisclosed location when he is released from the hospital.’

His lawyer added that the cancer sufferer is not expected to be well enough to leave hospital for ‘a good week’ after he suffered a skull fracture in the unprovoked attack by officers back on June 4. 

Two Buffalo cops Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski were arrested and charged earlier this month with second degree assault after they were caught on camera pushing Gugino to the ground, causing him to crack his head open on the sidewalk and leaving him lying in a pool of his own blood. 

The footage went viral on social media and sparked outrage over police brutality at a peaceful protest where demonstrators had gathered to demand an end to police brutality and systemic racism following the Memorial Day ‘murder’ of black man George Floyd at the hands of a white cop.

McCabe and Torgalski were suspended and each face up to seven years in prison if convicted of the class D felony. 

They both pleaded not guilty and were released without bail to appear back in court on July 20.  

The 75-year-old longtime peace activist who suffered a brain injury after he was pushed to the ground by Buffalo cops during a Black Lives Matter protest (pictured) will not return home on his release from hospital because 'concerning and threatening messages and one letter' sent to him have sparked fears over his safety, lawyer Kelly Zarcone said Thursday

The 75-year-old longtime peace activist who suffered a brain injury after he was pushed to the ground by Buffalo cops during a Black Lives Matter protest (pictured) will not return home on his release from hospital because ‘concerning and threatening messages and one letter’ sent to him have sparked fears over his safety, lawyer Kelly Zarcone said Thursday 

The footage went viral on social media and sparked outrage over police brutality at a peaceful protest where demonstrators had gathered to demand an end to police brutality

The footage went viral on social media and sparked outrage over police brutality at a peaceful protest where demonstrators had gathered to demand an end to police brutality 

The incident and subsequent charges have divided the nation, with calls for the cops to do jail time and for widespread police reform on one side while their law enforcement colleagues and Donald Trump have come out in defense of the officers on the other. 

DA John Flynn said the two cops had ‘crossed the line’ and ‘violated the law’ when he announced the charges earlier this month.  

He added that Gugino was just ‘a harmless 75-year-old man’ and said the severity of the charges was necessary because the law in New York states that if the victim is 65 years or older and the perpetrator is 10 years younger than them then it is classed as a felony charge. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed the charges after saying the footage had made him ‘physically sick’. 

‘I was sick to my stomach… it was the same feeling I had for 90 of the past nights when I got the death tolls for coronavirus. I was physically sick to my stomach,’ he said of the footage earlier in the month. 

It marks just one of many shocking incidents were cops have been caught on camera violently attacking peaceful protesters in recent weeks, fueling mounting calls for police reform across America.  

Cuomo announced a package of new bills for the state in the wake of the attack and an executive order mandating all local governments and police agencies develop and adopt plans to reform local police departments.

However, Trump has waded in on the incident and leveled criticism at Gugino himself.

The president made the unsubstantiated claim that Gugino is an Antifa ‘provocateur’ and even went as far as claiming the elderly victim staged the incident.

‘Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment,’ the president said in a Tweet on June 9. 

Trump has been slammed for his remarks and was accused of floating a ‘baseless conspiracy theory’.  

Cuomo blasted his comments ‘reprehensible’ and ‘wholly unacceptable’. 

Aaron Torgalski pictured in his mugshot

Robert McCabe pictured in his mug

Aaron Torgalski (left) and Robert McCabe (right) pictured in their mugs. They were each charged with one count of assault in the second degree

At McCabe and Torgalski's initial court hearing on June 6, hundreds of non-uniformed colleagues gathered outside the city court in a show of solidarity for the cops and greeted them with a hero's welcome when they were released (pictured)

At McCabe and Torgalski’s initial court hearing on June 6, hundreds of non-uniformed colleagues gathered outside the city court in a show of solidarity for the cops and greeted them with a hero’s welcome when they were released (pictured) 

‘And from the president of the United States at this moment of anguish and anger. He pours gasoline on the fire,’ Cuomo said in a press briefing. 

‘If there was ever, if he ever feels a moment of decency, he should apologize for that tweet.’ 

He added that there is ‘not a piece of proof. Personally disparaging when the man is still in the hospital. Show some decency, some humanity.’  

Gugino’s lawyer has also insisted Gugino has no connection to Antifa.  

Law enforcement officers have also sided with their two colleagues charged with assault. 

At McCabe and Torgalski’s initial court hearing on June 6, hundreds of non-uniformed colleagues gathered outside the city court in a show of solidarity for the cops and greeted them with a hero’s welcome when they were released.  

This came after the entire Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team resigned in outrage at the two cops’ suspension without pay. 

All 57 officers in the Emergency Response Team resigned from their positions the day after the incident. 

The Buffalo Police Benevolent Association said the resignations came as a show of ‘disgust’ at the treatment of their two colleagues but some cops later cast doubt on those claims.  

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