A video of the protest on Thursday showed an officer walking towards the man and two men pushing him. His head was bleeding on the sidewalk. Officers were walking beside him, some looking at him.
Two officers were suspended without pay.
Martin Guigno confirmed the man’s identity through Cuomo’s office on Friday. Gugino is hospitalized in critical but stable condition, authorities said Friday.
Based on the initial video, police issued a statement stating that Gugino had fallen and fallen, Buffalo Police Department spokesman Mike Dezger told CNN.
After more videos became available, police corrected that statement and fired Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood officers to begin the investigation, he said.
“The department has moved quickly, and the information has been” corrected, “Djerg said.
Mayor Byron Brown called the incident “disappointing” and said he had “thoughts”. Gugino.
Prosecutors are investigating, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office tweeted.
Gugino Due to head injuries and could not give a statement to investigators on Thursday night, the tweet said.
Cuomo said officers should be fired and prosecutors should take “moderate but rapid” action.
“I got sick to my stomach after watching the video,” Kuomo said. “I would encourage the district attorney not to do what happened in Minneapolis, because the delay itself was the cause of the problem,” the governor added. “People don’t want ambiguity. They’re upset and want answers.”
Earlier on Twitter, he said, “This incident is completely unjust and completely disrespectful. … Police officers must not enforce the law – they must enforce it.”
Kuomo said he had spoken to Guigno.
“Thankfully he’s alive,” Kuomo said at his daily news conference in Albany on Friday. “You watch that video and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity.”
Kuomo also called for an attack on police officers, “You hit the police with a brick in the head. Who are we?”
CNN’s Laura Dolan contributed to this report.