The sight and the sound of a 75-year-old protester’s head hitting the pavement after being shoved by Buffalo law enforcement officials has ignited a social-media firestorm.
Video of the incident, which occurred in Niagara Sq. shortly after Buffalo’s eight p.m. curfew went into impact Thursday, was posted to Twitter at 9:13 p.m. by radio station WFBO-FM. Nearly instantly, there was response — and never simply from main information organizations.
“I’m undecided why we would want to signal a petition to make this occur but it surely simply did,” tweeted comedian Jim Gaffigan, who then requested individuals to signal a change.org petition demanding that one of many officers be fired; each have been suspended with out pay, and neither has been criminally charged or formally recognized.
To this point, the petition has gotten greater than 207,0000 signatures.
Tweeted actor Seth Rogan: “Once more, in the event that they’re doing this to previous white males ON digital camera, think about what the (expletive) is going on off digital camera.”
Different celebrities and folks with giant social-media followings — together with Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Ice-T, Jemele Hill and Greta Thunberg — even have weighed in:
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