Gugino remains hospitalized with skull fracture

Jun 18, 2020

A 75-year-old protester who struck his head on the pavement after being shoved back by police remains hospitalized with a fractured skull.

Martin Gugino's lawyer has told media in recent days that Gugino has not been able to walk yet. Attorney Kelly Zarcone said in an email Tuesday there was no change in his condition and that she expects only gradual improvement.

Martin Gugino hit his head on the concrete, fracturing his skull.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Two Buffalo Police officers have been charged with second-degree assault after a widely shared video captured Gugino falling to the ground after being pushed. He was seen bleeding from his head as officers walked away.

The officers, Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, have pleaded not guilty to the class D felony charges. The maximum sentence is seven years in prison. The officers' next court appearance is scheduled for July 20.

WBFO's James Farrell and Ryan Zunner contributed to this story.