Trump pushes conspiracy theory about Buffalo protester
Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person was injured when he tripped & fell, WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. (Mike Desmond/WBFO via AP)WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Tuesday advanced an unfounded conspiracy theory about a 75-year-old protester in Buffalo, New York, who was pushed down by police officers, tweeting without evidence that the confrontation may have been a set up." With his tweet, Trump attempted to cast doubt on video showing Buffalo police shoving the man, who fell backward and hit his head on the sidewalk. Two Buffalo police officers have been charged with second-degree assault for the incident and could face prison sentences of up to seven years if convicted. Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur, Trump wrote.
NYC calmer as Buffalo police draw ire for protester injury
Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person was injured when he tripped & fell, WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. The man falls straight backward and hits his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person was injured when he tripped & fell, WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Calls and emails to Buffalo police from The Associated Press seeking comment Thursday night hadn't been returned by Friday morning. Meanwhile in New York City, protesters again stayed on the streets past 8 p.m., in defiance of the citywide curfew that's set to remain in effect through at least Sunday.
Officers suspended after man, 75, is shoved on video, bleeds
It showed an officer pushing a man who approached a line of officers clearing demonstrators from Niagara Square around the time of an 8 p.m. curfew. The mayor, Byron Brown, said in a statement that the man, who hasn't been publicly identified, was in serious condition. The officer and the man in the Buffalo video both appear to be white. You don't want to see anything like that, Brown told WIVB-TV on Friday. The office of state Attorney General Letitia James tweeted that officials there were aware of the video.