Finally! After an unforgettable week in which America already reeling from the brutal caught-on-video Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, on top of a pandemic, a recession, and ... everything watched with dropped jaw literally dozens of videos of police clubbing, shoving, or driving into peaceful protesters, or tear-gassing them, and even maiming some for life with rubber bullets, some officers are finally standing up and declaring: "I quit."
The problem is, the 57 members of the police riot response unit in Buffalo, N.Y., who "resigned" -- to be clear, these cops aren't giving up their jobs, pay or benefits, but rather shirking their assignment to a special unit -- on Saturday weren't opposing the shocking brutality in their ranks but tacitly supporting it. They are instead protesting the local prosecutor who viewed a viral video of two Buffalo cops in full Robocop attire violently shoving a 75-year-old peace activist to the pavement and cracking his skull, and reached the same conclusion as the rest of America. He charged them with a criminal assault.
OK, not all of America. After a hearing for the two officers Saturday morning, more than 100 people, many from the Buffalo law enforcement community, formed a phalanx outside the courthouse to cheer and applaud for Officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, the "hero cops" who sent activist Martin Gugino to the pavement, as blood poured from his ear. That crowd numbered more than 100 larger than the number of front-line cops -- zero, to be exact -- who aided the motionless senior citizen.
The shover-cop cheering society convened after the union president of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, John Evans, said in a statement that the officers had been "merely following orders" to clear the square where a protest had occurred, adding bizarrely that Gugino "did slip in my estimation. He fell backwards." It's not often that you hear the defense from the Nuremberg trials and the standard line of your garden-variety wife beater invoked in the same statement.