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Arbitrator says Martin Gugino, who fell and hit his head after shove by two officers, was acting erratically.

An arbitrator ruled that two Buffalo police officers did not violate the department’s use-of-force guidelines when they pushed a 75-year-old protester to the ground in June 2020 during protests against racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The episode garnered national attention when a news crew captured video of Martin Gugino being pushed by Officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski in downtown Buffalo as crowd control officers in riot gear cleared protesters for a gathering. At 8 pm. curfew.

Gugino, pushed backwards, began bleeding after hitting his head on the pavement and spent about a month in hospital with a fractured skull and brain injury.

In a decision on Friday, arbitrator Jeffrey Selchick wrote: “Upon review, there is no evidence to support any assertion that the defendants (police officers) had other viable options other than moving Gugino out of the way of his forward movement. “.

The level of force used by the officers was justified because Gugino refused to comply with orders to leave the scene and acted erratically, walking directly in front of McCabe, according to Selchick.

“The use of force employed by the Defendants did not reflect any intention on their part to do more than drive Gugino away from them,” he wrote.

McCabe and Torgalski were suspended without pay and arrested within days of the incident, but last year a grand jury refused to indict them and charges were dropped.

An attorney for Gugino, who sued the city, told the Buffalo News the ruling is unrelated to the lawsuit.

“We are not aware of any cases in which this arbitrator has ruled against on-duty police officers, so his ruling here on behalf of the police was not only expected by us, but certainly by the union and the city that selected it and paid.” Melissa Wischerath told the newspaper.

Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said in a statement that he will reinstate the two officers to duty on Monday, the newspaper reported.

Emails seeking comment were left Sunday with an attorney representing the city, which defended the disciplinary charges, and with the Buffalo police union.

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