The two Buffalo police officers who shoved and injured a 75-year-old peaceful protester at a demonstration last month in front of City Hall in an incident that garnered international attention remain suspended from their jobs, but are now being paid.
The change from unpaid to paid suspensions occurred because of a provision in the city's collective bargaining agreement with the officers' union, the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, that caps unpaid suspensions at 30 days.
After 30 days, the contract requires Officers Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe to be placed on paid suspension, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said in an email. The move was first reported by WKBW-TV.
Torgalski and McCabe were charged June 6 with felony assault. They were part of a tactical unit deployed to clear protesters from Niagara Square after a curfew went into effect the evening of June 4.
The protester, Martin Gugino, suffered a fractured skull. He was released from the hospital last week.
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