US president Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that the man who was seen with his head bleeding after being shoved down by two Buffalo’s police officers may be part of a set up.
“I watched, he fell harder than he was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up? Trump asked on Twitter.
Two Buffalo police officers were charged with assault after they pushed and knocked Martin Gugino, 75, who approach them last week during a protest.
Video footage showed him fallen, motionless and with his head bleeding. According to his lawyer Dan Telvock, Gugino was already out of an intensive care unit but remains hospitalized.
Amee Vanderpool tweeted that Gugino is a “member of PUSH Buffalo, the Western New York Peace Center and the Catholic Worker Movement,” He is also a cancer survivor.
Vandeerpool released a statement from Gugino’s lawyer after the unreal tweet coming from the president of a country. “Thank you for following up regarding the President’s tweet about my client, Martin Gugino. Martin is out of ICU (intensive care unit) but still hospitalized and truly needs to rest. Martin has always been a PEACEFULL protestor because he cares about today’s society. He is also a typical Western New Yorker who loves his family. 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.”
Martin Gugino is a member of PUSH Buffalo, the Western New York Peace Center and the Catholic Worker Movement. A close friend describes him as someone who understands his privilege.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 9, 2020
It is not very clear what Trump referred to when he indicated that Gugino “was looking to scan” and that “he seemed to scan police communications to block their equipment.”
But the controversial leader took the side of the aggressor and accused the activist of three things from his position of power while Gugino — the victim — is still hospitalized.
The tweet was apparently based on a report by OANN, a far-right television network that specializes in conspiracy theories and became a favorite of the White House.
Insane. The president of the garbage country that oppresses the entire world is openly defending authoritarian cops who slammed an elderly peaceful protester to the ground, cracking his head open, blood spilling out
Trump spins an elaborate conspiracy with no evidence. Grotesque https://t.co/XYPmz49QmD
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) June 9, 2020
The US journalist Ben Norton, from The Grayzone website, tweeted his outrage: “Insane. The president of the garbage country that oppresses the entire world is openly defending authoritarian cops who slammed an elderly peaceful protester to the ground, cracking his head open, blood spilling out.”
In that video, OANN spreads the idea of a “false provocation by the left-wing group Antifa.” The network further claimed that “new videos” showed Gugino “trying to scan police communications” with his phone.
The video only shows him with his phone in his right hand. Applications for scanning police communications simply listen to traffic messages and are completely legal and common in the United States.
The video fueled national fury against police brutality. Trump, who runs behind in the November presidential polls, is campaigning with the slogan “law and order.”
The president has long been a fan of conspiracy theories, especially his promotion of the fiction that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and, consequently, should not have been president — something that later he was forced to recognize as false.
Featured image: Martin Gugino bleeds on the sidewalk after being shoved by two Buffalo police officers June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, New York. Video screengrab via WBFO
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Translated and edited by JRE/EF