The attorney for Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old protester who was pushed by two Buffalo, New York police officers – says she’s “at a loss to understand” President Trump’s questioning in a tweet whether the entire incident was a “set up.”
“No one from law enforcement has even suggested anything otherwise so we are at a loss to understand why the President of the United States would make such dark, dangerous, and untrue accusations against him,” attorney Kelly V. Zarcone said in a statement, when asked to respond to the President’s tweet.
“Martin has always been a PEACEFUL protestor because he cares about today’s society,” she said in the statement.
Buffalo's mayor also responded to the President's tweet, saying the city is "laser focused on healing, taking action against racial injustice." The mayor reiterated that the two officers "deserve due process."
Gugino is still hospitalized, but out of the ICU, Zarcone said.
Video of the demonstration Thursday showed a row of officers walking toward the man and two pushing him. His head bled onto the sidewalk as officers walked past him, some looking down at him.
An investigation is underway, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the incident "wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful."