WATCH: Buffalo Officers Applaud Colleagues Arrested For Pushing Over Elderly Man
During the arraignment, supporters gathered outside the courthouse, some of them holding the American flag. Others wore T-shirts that said “BPD Strong.”
A handful of counterprotesters showed up with megaphones, chanting, “Support good cops, not bad cops.” One counterprotester chanted, “Don’t push old men.” The crowd of police supporters stared back at them but remained peaceful.
When Officers Torgalski and McCabe left the courthouse, the crowd erupted in applause and cheers. Some appeared to hold up a sheet to shield the men from news cameras.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday commended city and county officials for suspending and charging the officers.
“I think there was criminal liability, from what I saw on the video,” he said. “I applaud them for acting as quickly as they did. There is no tolerance for delaying justice in society anymore.”
Mr. Cuomo added: “What we saw was horrendous and disgusting, and I believe, illegal.”