BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–Buffalo Police officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski were charged with second-degree assault this morning during a virtual arraignment.
The two officers were suspended after video surfaced of them shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino Thursday night, during a demonstration in front of Buffalo City Hall.
Both officers pleaded not guilty to the charge and were released on their own recognizance.
They are set to reappear on July 20 for a felony hearing.
McCabe and Torgalski remain suspended without pay
Cheers erupted in the crowd as suspended officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski left the Erie County District Attorney’s Office after being arraigned:
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw released a statement Saturday morning in response to the incident and in support of Buffalo Police:
“In times like these, we need level-headed, strong leaders who believe in the rule of law. I stand strong behind these Buffalo Police officers and all members of law enforcement. Cops are under attack from agitating, extremist radicals that crave anarchy and chaos. Enough is enough. It’s time for us to take back our neighborhoods. It’s time to take back our way of life and our great nation. Law-abiding taxpayers are afraid. Our children are scared. This lawlessness must end. We can no longer sit back and let rioters attack police and destroy businesses. This must end. Now. I refuse to back down. I refuse to let the shining city on a hill that brought my immigrant parents across an ocean come under attack from within. Weak, cowardly politicians that stay quiet when radicals pursue political prosecutions of the police trying to protect us should be ashamed and need to get out of the way. To all police officers: we stand with you. We have your back.”Stefan Mychajliw
Erie County Comptroller
This was the scene in front of Buffalo City Hall this morning: