Martin Gugino Wiki – Martin Gugino Bio
Martin Gugino, a longtime peace activist, was named as the 75-year-old man who was shoved to the ground after an encounter with Buffalo, New York, police who were the subject of a viral video.
Gugino is from Amherst. “He is a kind person who really believes he should stand up for what he thinks is right,” said his friend Terrence Bisson, who wrote Buffalo News, “he has worked with Gugino on Latin American affairs through the Western New York Peace Center.”
“That’s why he went to the demonstration. He would never resist physically any kind of orders,” Bisson said, according to the newspaper. “He’s a bit frail, not because of his age. He has some health problems.”
Martin Gugino Age
He is 75 years old.
Martin Gugino Shoved by Buffalo
On June 3, before the video incident, Gugino wrote on Twitter: “Cops shouldn’t have clubs. And you shouldn’t be in riot gear. The National Guard should arrest the police. “A GoFundMe site has been established to help Gugino.
The video, viewed more than 58 million times, shows Buffalo police officers shoving Gugino to the ground and then walking alongside him as he lies, bleeding from the head, on the pavement. According to Buffalo News, Gugino is the man in the video, and was listed in serious but stable condition the day after the incident.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Buffalo’s mayor, both released statements about the incident.
“This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful,” Cuomo wrote. “I’ve spoken with Buffalo @MayorByronBrown and we agree that the officers involved should be immediately suspended pending a formal investigation. Police Officers must enforce — NOT ABUSE — the law.”
Officer’s name is A. Torgalski. pic.twitter.com/YQ5qlKVhbD
— Živilee 🌱🛹 (@zivinilee) June 5, 2020
The video shows officers with face shields and batons walking down the street en masse. Officers appear to shove Gugino, who is wearing a mask. He then falls down on the ground, where he lies motionless. “He’s bleeding out of his ear,” someone says, but the officers keep walking. One of the two officers has been identified because his name tag is visible in the video: Aaron Torgalski.
Gugino lies motionless on the pavement. Officers take another person in custody. “You better get an ambulance for him,” a person says. “We have an EMT on scene,” a man responds.
According to WBFO, the incident occurred shortly after Buffalo’s curfew went into effect. “City police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing,” the station reported. The station said the man was 75 years old. He was “shoved by two officers in the line.”
Martin Gugino Youtube Channel
Gugino has a YouTube channel, which you can see here. Some of his posts deal with Kings Bay Plowshares, which the Buffalo News described as “a group of anti-nuclear activists who were convicted of entering a nuclear submarine station in Georgia.”
Some of his videos deal with political issues. “The 2nd Amendment doesn’t mean he can have whatever he wants, whatever bullets he wants… that’s not the point of it at all,” he says in one video.
He also is active on Twitter. His profile says he’s from Buffalo and adds, “#TooFarLeft. I matter, you matter, he she they matter. #NotHimUS.”
He shared videos and comments about other controversial police/citizen encounters. On June 3, he wrote, “Protests are exempt from curfews because Congress (and mayors) may make no laws that abridge the right of the people peaceably to assemble and complain to the government. The government should receive the complaint with thanks, not arrest the people or beat them.” He has retweeted negative comments about police, including one man’s tweet that read, “US police forces are the terrorist organization, not Antifa.”