A screenshot from a graphic video shows police shoving a protester before he falls to the ground and begins bleeding from his ear.

  • Graphic video captured by NPR-affiliate WBFO shows a protester in Buffalo, New York, bleeding out of his ears after being shoved to the ground by police.
  • In the video, the man can be seen approaching a group of heavily-armed officers in riot gear. Several officers can be seen pushing the man backward.
  • Footage shows the man then falling to the pavement. Blood can be seen coming out of his ears.
  • A Buffalo Police Department spokesperson said in a statement that a person was "injured when he tripped and fell."
  • Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a tweet that the protester "appears to have been shoved by police, fell backward and suffered a serious head injury."
  • Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said in a statement that the police "knocked down" the 75-year-old protester, who is in stable but serious condition.
  • "I was deeply disturbed by the video, as was Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood," Brown said. "He directed an immediate investigation into the matter, and the two officers have been suspended without pay."
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Graphic video shows a protester in Buffalo, New York, bleeding out of his ears after being shoved to the ground by police. The man was injured during protests against police brutality. Two officers have since been suspended according to a report.

In the video, the man can be seen approaching a group of heavily-armed officers in riot gear. As the man approaches, several officers can be seen shuffling the man backward. One officer is seen using his baton to force the man backward while another officer can be seen shoving the man's chest.

The man then falls to the floor. Seconds later, blood can be seen pouring out of the man's ears while he lays motionless. "He's bleeding out of his ears," people in the crowd can be heard saying.

One man holding a Black Lives Matter sign is swarmed by officers and is detained.

An initial statement from a Buffalo Police Department spokesperson said that five people were arrested after the day's protests in Niagra Square. Police said that during a "skirmish" with other protesters, a person was "injured when he tripped and fell."

The department did not immediately respond to Insider's request for more details about the incident.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said in a statement that the police "knocked down" the 75-year-old protester, who is in stable but serious condition.

"I was deeply disturbed by the video, as was Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood," Brown said. "He directed an immediate investigation into the matter, and the two officers have been suspended without pay."

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a tweet that the protester "appears to have been shoved by police, fell backward and suffered a serious head injury."

"It sickens me," he said, confirming that the man was in stable condition at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) in Buffalo.

The full video of the incident can be seen below (Viewer discretion):

Protests have broken out across the country in response to the May 25 death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a black man, died after police knelt on his neck for several minutes. During the incident, which was recorded on video, Floyd can be heard telling the officers that he couldn't breathe.

Dozens of cities, including Buffalo, have imposed curfews in response to protests.

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