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2 officers suspended after video shows 75-year-old man being pushed during protest

The man is hospitalized in serious but stable condition, DeGeorge said Friday.

The demonstrators in Niagara Square were, like those across the country, calling for racial justice after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Based on initial video, police issued a statement that said the man tripped and fell, DeGeorge said.

After more videos became available, police amended that statement, and Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended the officers and opened an investigation, he said.

"The department moved swiftly" and "corrected" the information, DeGeorge said.

"This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Twitter. "Police Officers must enforce -- NOT ABUSE -- the law."

Mayor Byron Brown tweeted called the incident "disheartening" and said his thoughts were with the victim.

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