Both were charged with assault on a count in the second degree and have been released on bail without bail.
Officers – identified by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office as Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32, Arranged via video conference and had the same attorney. Officers with the police department’s emergency response team are due to appear in court again on July 20.
CNN is trying to reach out to Torgalsky and McCabe for comment.
A video of the protest on Thursday showed two officers pushing Martin Gugino back. He fell on the pavement, where his head was bleeding. Officers and others then walked beside him, some looking at him as he walked.
Gugino was hospitalized with a head injury.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn told a news conference Saturday after the ruling in court that officers turned their backs on him.
Flynn said he was ready to charge officers Friday, but five more officers resigned from the emergency response team on Friday and “didn’t want to put petrol on fire” when they learned they weren’t coming last night. To protect the city of Buffalo. ”
Flynn was concerned about the safety of the city, protesters and officers Friday night.
“I did it yesterday afternoon and I was worried about what could possibly happen, and if there wasn’t enough security in the suburbs,” so I decided to do it this morning. “
Asked by officials how the 75-year-old protester should have reacted, Flynn said, “You don’t have to crack a skull on concrete.” Flynn said the man should have been arrested if he had done anything illegal.
“You don’t even have to beat the officer next to him,” Flynn said, and pushed him to “blow his head off,” Flynn said.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that Flynn’s remarks came as officers should be fired and prosecutors should be removed “fairly but quickly.”
“I got sick to my stomach after watching the video,” Kuomo said. “I would urge the district attorney not to do what happened in Minneapolis, because the delay itself was the cause of the problem. People don’t want ambiguity. They’re upset and want answers.”
Mayor Byron Brown told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday night that he was told emergency response team officers were being trained to move forward.
“Embedded with them are doctors, officers trained in first aid,” he said. “Physicians were right behind the first-line unit that continued to move forward and within a few seconds the medics provided first aid.”
CNN’s Jay Croft contributed to this report.