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Aaron Torgalski biography: 10 things about Buffalo, New York cop


Aaron M. Torgalski is a resident of New York, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:


  1. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
  2. Aside from Buffalo, he has also lived in other parts of New York including East Aurora, Orchard Park, Depew and West Seneca.
  3. He is a Buffalo Police Department officer.
  4. In 2019, his salary as a Buffalo Police department officer was $82,314.
  5. On June 4, 2020, he and his fellow Buffalo Police Department officer Robert McCabe, then 32, pushed protester Martin Gugino, then 75, during a Black Lives Matter protest in Buffalo. Later that day, he and McCabe were suspended without pay. He is 7 years older than McCabe.
  6. On June 6, 2020, he and McCabe turned themselves in and were virtually arraigned with assault in the second degree. They both pleaded not guilty and were released on their own recognizance without bail. Members of the police and fire unions applauded him and Torgalski as they left the Buffalo City Courthouse that day.
  7. On July 6, 2020, then Buffalo Police Department spokesman Jeff Rinaldo confirmed that he and McCabe were back on Buffalo’s payroll.
  8. On February 22, 2021, Gugino filed a lawsuit against him and other Buffalo Police Department officers involved in the June 4, 2020 incident, the city of Buffalo, then Buffalo mayor Byron Brown and then Buffalo Police Department commissioners Byron Lockwood and Joseph Gramaglia. The lawsuit claimed that several of Gugino’s constitutional rights were violated.
  9. On February 10, 2022, Erie County district attorney John J. Flynn Jr. announced that the assault charges against him and McCabe had been dismissed.
  10. In a court ruling on April 8, 2022, arbitrator Jeffrey Selchick said Gugino was not an innocent bystander on June 4, 2020 and no evidence proved that he and McCabe deliberately tried to injure Gugino. He and McCabe were cleared of any wrongdoing. On April 11, 2022, the Buffalo Police Department reinstated him and McCabe.

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