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Elderly Man Pushed by Buffalo Officers Sues City After Grand Jury Dismisses Charges

An elderly man who was pushed by police officers in New York last year is suing the city after a grand jury dismissed charges against the law enforcement officials. Martin Gugino, 75, is seeking a jury trial and damages, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. In the 55-page filing, Gugino’s attorneys argue Buffalo officials violated the man’s constitutional rights by imposing a week-long curfew and selectivity enforcing it against “peaceful protesters,” including him. “Mere minutes after the 8 p.m. city-wide curfew, three of the Defendants, Police Officer Robert McCabe, Police Officer Aaron Torgalski and Police Officer John Losi, unlawfully, unreasonably and forcibly assaulted Plaintiff, Martin Gugino, by shoving him without warning in violation of his clearly established constitutional rights guaranteed under the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution,” the suit states. “Following the unlawful assault, several members of the [emergency response team] walked by …

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