The 75-year-old man who was left with a brain injury after he was shoved by cops to the ground during a BLM rally in Buffalo, has finally spoken out.
Martin Gugino from Amherst, New York was reportedly attacked by two cops who left him in the street with his own blood.
In an interview with USA Today, the peace activist said the June 4 attack was a ‘turning point’ that sent his life in a ‘new direction.’
“My life is headed in a new direction,” he expressed. “How is it different? I’m not really sure yet.”
Gugino spent almost a month in a hospital after the incident left him with a brain injury. But he said that the attack will not stop him from participating in grassroots activism.
The 75-year-old hit out at the police and the government who he said disregard the First Amendment right of all Americans to petition the government for change.
Gugino said as an example: “You’re going to the White House and you’re saying, ‘Stop the war.’
“That means the United States should come out and say, ‘Thank you so much, and we’re writing down all your complaints.’”
The elderly man said he hoped the federal government and law enforcement will go back to its roots in democracy and pay attention to demonstrators calling for some changes.
“People are going to get together and start complaining, and realizing how they’re being treated. Are you going to invite them in?” Gugino said.
“Are you going to understand what they’re up to? That’s what democracy does.”
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