Robert McCabe is a resident of New York, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:
- He is a police officer in Buffalo, New York.
- He is 7 years younger than his fellow Buffalo Police Department officer Aaron Torgalski. They were assigned to the Emergency Response Team, a special squad formed to respond to riots.
- On June 4, 2020, he and Torgalski pushed protester Martin Gugino, then 75, during a Black Lives Matter protest in Buffalo. Later that day, he and Torgalski were suspended without pay.
- He was 32 years old when he and Torgalski encountered Gugino on June 4, 2020.
- On June 6, 2020, he and Torgalski 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.
- On July 6, 2020, then Buffalo Police Department spokesman Jeff Rinaldo confirmed that he and Torgalski were back on the payroll.
- On February 10, 2022, Erie County district attorney John J. Flynn Jr. announced that the assault charges against him and Torgalski had been dismissed.
- 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.
- In a 41-page 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 Torgalski deliberately tried to injure Gugino. He and Torgalski were cleared of any wrongdoing.
- On April 11, 2022, the Buffalo Police Department reinstated him and Torgalski.