“Video: Man pushed to ground by Buffalo police starts bleeding from head”
June 4, 2020 | 10:28pm | Updated June 4, 2020 | 10:53pm
The video shows the man, wearing a face mask, walk up to a line of riot-gear clad police officers near the City Hall building soon after a curfew went into effect on Thursday, according to WBFO.
The officers shout out the man to move back, then one of them pushes him, causing him to stumble backward and slam his head into the pavement, according to the video.
One of the cops then bends down to check on him, but other officers pull him away and call for a medic, the video shows.
Blood then starts to pour from the back of the man’s head and his ears, according to the video.
“He’s bleeding out of his ears!” a bystander shouts.
“You better get an ambulance for him,” another voice could be heard saying on the video.
The man was rushed to nearby hospital by medics who responded and is recovering, according Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
Poloncarz added in a tweet that the footage “sickens” him.
“I’ve seen videos of the incident in front of Buffalo’s City Hall in which an older protester appears to have been shoved by police, fell backwards and suffered a serious head injury,” he wrote.
“It sickens me. I’ve confirmed he is at ECMC in stable condition. My thoughts are with him now,” he added.
The incident happened soon after a protest finished in the area where five people were arrested.
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