Martin Gugino (Man Shoved) Wiki – Biography
Martin Gugino (Man Shoved) is a peace activist. He was Shoved to the Ground After an Encounter with Buffalo, New York police that was the subject of a viral video. The video which was viewed more than 58 million times, shows Buffalo police officers shove Gugino to the ground and then walk by him as he lies, bleeding from the head, on the pavement.
Martin Gugino is 75 years old.
Who is Gugino? (Peace Activist)
Martin has a YouTube channel, which you can see here. Some of his posts deal with Kings Bay Plowshares, which the Buffalo News described as “a group of anti-nuclear activists who were convicted of entering a nuclear submarine station in Georgia.” His videos also deal with Political issues. He is also an active user of Twitter, he shared a video about the controversial police/citizen encounters.
On June 3, he wrote, “Protests are exempt from curfews because Congress (and mayors) may make no laws that abridge the right of the people peaceably to assemble and complain to the government. The government should receive the complaint with thanks, not arrest the people or beat them.” He also tweeted negative comments about police, including one man’s tweet that read, “US police forces are the terrorist organization, not Antifa.”
Gugino wrote in one tweet, “f*ck the police.”
Shortly before the shoving incident, Gugino wrote on Twitter, “I think it’s fair to say that the Trump presidency has been a complete failure. The Democrats could have helped more. Have to say that.”
Martin Gugino Shoved Viral Video
On June 3, before the incident in the video, Gugino wrote on Twitter, “The cops should not have clubs. And should not be in riot gear. The National Guard should arrest the police.” A GoFundMe site has been established to help Gugino. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Buffalo’s mayor, both released statements about the incident.
The video shows officers with face shields and batons walking down the street en masse. Officers appear to shove Gugino, who is wearing a mask. He then falls down on the ground, where he lies motionless. “He’s bleeding out of his ear,” someone says, but the officers keep walking. One of the two officers has been identified because his name tag is visible in the video: Aaron Torgalski.
Gugino lies motionless on the pavement. Officers take another person in custody. “You better get an ambulance for him,” a person says. “We have an EMT on the scene,” a man responds.
According to WBFO, the incident occurred shortly after Buffalo’s curfew went into effect. “City police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing,” the station reported. The station said the man was 75 years old. He was “shoved by two officers in the line.”
The Erie County District Attorney wrote in a statement, “The Erie County DA’s Office continues to investigate the incident captured on video outside City Hall that resulted in the injury of a protester. The victim was taken to ECMC to be treated for a head injury. He was unable to provide a statement to investigators last night.”
The Amherst Bee reported that Gugino “was reported to be alert and oriented, suffering from a concussion and lacerations but expected to recover.”
Mark Poloncarz, the Erie County Executive, wrote on Twitter, “I’ve spoken to @MayorByronBrown who confirmed it was members of the Buffalo Police Dept. involved in today’s incident with the protester who was pushed and hit his head. He indicated actions are being taken against two officers by BPD, which actions will be announced soon. 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 backward and suffered a serious head injury. It sickens me. I’ve confirmed he is at ECMC in stable condition. My thoughts are with him now.”
Originally, Buffalo police said Martin Gugino tripped and fell. Buffalo police said, “a 5th person was arrested during a skirmish with other protestors and also charged with disorderly conduct. During that skirmish involving protestors, one person was injured when he tripped & fell.”
Journalist Marlee Tuskes wrote, “From BPD Capt. Jeff Rinaldo: Internal Affairs immediately opened an investigation into the incident, ordered by Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood. State police medics rendered aid. A source tells me the man suffered from a laceration and possible concussion.” Katie Gibas, another journalist, wrote, “The gentleman has been taken away in an ambulance but appeared to be alert.”
Martin Gugino – Aaron Torgalski
Aaron Torgalski was identified through his name tag as one of the two Buffalo, New York police officers seen shoving Gugino in the viral video. The other officer’s name is not yet known. There isn’t another Torgalski listed on the Buffalo police force. A Change.org petition demanding that Buffalo police fire Torgalski has thousands of signatures.
New York Mayor Byron, W. Brown released the following statement with regard to the suspension of the two officers.