Martin Gugino, 75-year-old protester pushed in Buffalo, has brain injury, fractured skull
Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old man who fell to the ground last week after being bumped into by Buffalo police, suffered a brain injury and fractured skull related to the incident, according to his lawyer.
Gugino of Amherst, New York, had been in serious but stable condition before his condition improved to fair earlier this week. He was transferred to the Erie County Medical Center rehab floor.
On Friday, his lawyer Kelly Zarcone said Gugino's skull was broken and he couldn't walk yet. She had previously said that Gugino's brain was injured and he started physiotherapy.
Gugino said on a lawyer's statement on Friday that it was "very unnecessary to focus on myself ... there are many other things to consider besides me" on how to help each other and correct peaceful social shortcomings, rather than energy for to spend it. Zarcone cleared up.
Martin Gugino showed at the Buffalo Youth Climate Strike Rally in June 2019.
Given these developments, Gugino is not planning any media interviews, Zarcone said.
“He feels encouraged and encouraged by the support he has received from so many people around the world. It helps, ”continued Zarcone. "He is looking forward to healing and finding out what his 'new normal' might look like."
Gugino was one of several dozen people who stood in front of Buffalo City Hall at around 8:10 p.m. on June 4 after a peaceful protest in the area dissolved.
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Gugino can be seen approaching a group of police officers in a viewer video and within seconds he was pushed backwards. He stumbled and fell back, his head banging on the sidewalk. Blood ran from his ear and gathered near his head when the police called the emergency personnel.
The incident sparked a strong reaction from citizens across Buffalo and the nation, and within a few days two Buffalo police officers had been charged with second degree assault.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident on Tuesday, speculating that Gugino could be an "antifa provocateur" and that the entire interaction could have been a setup.
Gugino has been a longtime activist and has addressed various issues, including prisoners' rights.
"He is the victim of police brutality," said Keith Giles, program director at Peace Catalyst International, a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, and a long-time friend of Gugino.
Gugino wants "people to think," and he's a bit of a joker, said Giles. He remembered a time when Gugino brought small bottles of whiskey and other alcohol with him when he participated in a fundraiser for overseas soldiers in Southern California.
Martin Gugino, left, is listening to a speech by West Cosgrove from the Department of Rural Areas and Migrants in February 2019.
"I said," Martin, what are you doing? "Giles said with a laugh." And he said: "They want that!" And I said: "We cannot send them to you from the church."
"He tried to make a point - he was," said Giles. But he wasn't looking for trouble and nothing would have justified what happened to him, said Giles.
The impact of the incident was exacerbated by the numerous theories that emerged after Gugino's injury. Social media users called him a fake and accused him of disrupting police communications or using a tube of fake blood under his mask, Giles said.
“People would have noticed (a tube) almost immediately when they looked at it. . . Nobody would have fallen for that, ”said Giles. "That's why I had to speak. I want people to know that he is a real person. "
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This article originally appeared in the New York State Team: Buffalo protester Martin Gugino, who is being pushed by the police, has a brain injury
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