Video from a demonstration Thursday shows two officers pushing Martin Gugino back. He falls to the sidewalk, where his head bleeds. The officers and others then walk by him, some looking down at him as they pass. Gugino was hospitalized with a head injury.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday the officers should be fired and prosecutors should move “fairly but quickly.” “When I saw the video, I got sick to my stomach,” Cuomo said. “I would encourage the district attorney not to do what happened in Minneapolis, which the delay itself caused issues. People don’t want vaguery. They are upset and want answers.”
Mayor Byron Brown said that emergency response team officers are trained to keep moving forward. “Embedded with them are medics, officers with first-aid training,” he said. “The medics were just behind the first line unit that continued to move forward, and within seconds, the medics rendered first-aid assistance.” Also Friday, 57 officers resigned from the Emergency Response Team. Brown said that’s because they felt pressured by the police union.(CNN)