Martin Gugino, 75, joined the protest at Buffalo City Hall at 65 Niagara Square in Buffalo, New York, United States on June 4, 2020. It was described as one of the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests following George Floyd‘s fatal arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on May 25, 2020.
Buffalo Police Department officers Robert McCabe, 32, and Aaron Torgalski, 39, were caught on tape pushing Gugino to the ground during the protest. The elderly protester sustained a head injury and was hospitalized in the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.
Gugino was politically active on social media but after getting the attention of America, he deleted his Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts. Now, those who doubt his reputation have several questions about him.
Is Martin Gugino anti-police?
While Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette described Gugino as a victim of elderly abuse, reckless endangerment and abuse of power, others describe him as longtime hard left agitator. He had tweets that seemed to show his contempt of cop and RAIR Foundation USA managed to archive some screenshots.
Did Martin Gugino intentionally bring a camera crew during the Black Lives Matter protest in Buffalo?
A source who claimed to be a Buffalo resident told RAIR Foundation that Gugino had a “camera crew” and “was asked to leave multiple times by police as it was after curfew” during the protest in Buffalo. Pieces of evidence to support this claim have yet to be released.
Did Martin Gugino try to steal information from the Buffalo PD officers?
Based on the footage of the incident, it was Gugino who approached the group of Buffalo PD officers in protective gear. He was holding his cellphone in his right hand and an ERT helmet in his left hand.
Gugino was wearing a mask. While confronting the police, he seemed to be using his cellphone to scan McCabe and Torgalski’s tactical belts and radios.
Did Martin Gugino stage his injuries?
Pushed by McCabe and Torgalski, Gugino stumbled backwards and his head hit the ground. Buffalo resident Jamie Quinn, who was there taking photos, told USA Today that there was “blood dripping” out of the elderly protester’s ear.
But some skeptics think Gugino purposely fell. They question why the protester was holding a helmet in the first place.
Is Martin Gugino an antifa provocateur?
Antifa, derived from the German movement of the same name, is an anti-fascist movement in the U.S. Activists involved in the movement tend to hold anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist views and subscribe to anarchism, communism, Marxism, social democracy, socialism and other left-wing ideologies.
Based on Gugino’s posts in his now deleted social media accounts, he is not a big fan of Donald Trump. It seems to be mutual as the U.S. president recently accused the activist of being an antifa provocateur.