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A 75-year-old protestor who was filmed being pushed to the ground by police officers during protests in Buffalo has been released from hospital after almost four weeks.

Martin Gugino was attending a protest outside City Hall on June 4 when a line of police officers cleared the relatively empty area and pushed him to the ground.

6 Martin Gugino, 75, who was pushed over by police forces in Buffalo during a protest in early June has been release from hospitalCredit: Facebook 6 Gugino spent 26 days in hospital after fracturing his skull in the fallCredit: Reuters

Gugino fell and hit the back of his head, factoring his skull, which required him to be hospitalized for 26 days.

A video of the incident was shared social media, garnering a viral response and sparking more anger during protests against police brutality.

The incident rose as high as the White House, with President Trump claiming the incident might have been a "set up" and Gov. Andrew Cuomo mocking such claims.

On Tuesday, Gugino was released from the Erie County Medical Center, his attorney said.

Kelly Zarcone, Gugino's lawyer, said in a statement: "I was able to see Martin today and he looks great. He can walk with a little help and his condition will continue to improve with rest and time."

"I brought him the cards and letters sent to my office and he said he still felt overjoyed at the continued support and well-wishes, 'like it was Christmas Day.'"

According to Zarcone, Gugino is now recovering at an "undisclosed location."

6 Robert McCabe, 32, was charged with second-degree assaultCredit: Erie County District Attorney's Office 6 Aaron Torgalski, 39, was also chargedCredit: Erie County District Attorney's Office

The 75-year-old has been a regular at protests across New York State, friends told ABC News, and he is a regular volunteer for Catholic charities.

His friends added that Gugino has never been anything but peaceful when protesting for various causes.

Zarcone added: "Martin said that he is pleased at the progress made so far to protect the safety of peaceful protesters, a topic near and dear to his heart.

"He respects the burden of authority placed upon law enforcement but looks forward to the continued implementation of systemic changes to eliminate police brutality."

Officers Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault in the relation to the incident.

Both officers, who were released on their own recognizance, pleaded not guilty.

Gugino's fall reached the highest levels of political discussion in the United States – even being addressed by President Donald Trump.

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On June 9, Trump tweeted a conspiracy about the incident, saying the incident might have been a "set up" and Gugino may be an "ANTIFA provocateur."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hit back at the claims, stating: "What do you think, it was staged? You think that the blood coming out of his head was staged? Is that what you are saying?"

Zarcone, speaking at the time, called Trump's accusations "dark, dangerous, and untrue."

6 Gugino is now recovering at an undisclosed location, his lawyer saidCredit: YouTube/Martin Gugino 6 The 75-year-old was injured at protests against police brutalityCredit: Lindsay DeDario Buffalo riot cops suspended after being filmed shoving 75 year-old Martin Gugino to the ground and leaving him bleeding and unconscious

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Did this Oregon cop flash a white power sign?

A law enforcement officer in Oregon has been accused of flashing a white power sign during a protest on Saturday.

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As Black Lives Matter demonstrators and counterprotesters faced off at the state’s capital on July 4, an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper was filmed using the “OK” hand signal often associated with far-right groups.

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“Tell me again how defund the police is wrong when no one even bats an eye at a policeman in Oregon flashing a white power sign at a Proud Boy that he’s obviously chummy with,” Twitter user @MsLisaHendricks said.

Tell me again how defund the police is wrong when no one even bats an eye at a policeman in Oregon flashing a white power sign at a Proud Boy that he’s obviously chummy with.
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— lisa hendricks (@MsLisaHendricks) July 5, 2020

The hand sign was first linked to white supremacy as part of a prank on the infamous imageboard 4chan. The symbol was eventually designated a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) after being used repeatedly by white supremacist groups.

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The OSP launched an investigation soon after into the viral clip, which has been seen more than 3.7 million times on Twitter alone.

In a response across its social media profiles, the OSP denied the officer’s actions were in any way tied to white supremacy.

Body camera footage released by the OSP shows that prior to the trooper using the hand signal, a man wearing a “Black Bikes Matter” T-shirt had been shoved to the ground by a protester.

Once the man got back on his feet, the officer approached, as seen in the footage originally posted to Twitter. The Oregon State Police claim that the trooper used the OK hand signal to determine whether the man had been injured.

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“Best available evidence indicates the trooper was simply checking on the man’s status and used the universal signal to signify this inquiry, which the man gestured he was—then patted this trooper and a second trooper on their shoulders in an apparent signal of appreciation,” the OSP said. “The man was the victim of a crime.”

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But the explanation isn’t sitting well with everyone. A petition has since been launched by the group “Salem Community Organizers” demanding a lengthier investigation.

“The investigation that they claim to have made was done in less than 18 hours,” the petition states. “The response was as predictable as it was ludicrous, that the trooper was asking the agitator in the ‘Black Bikes Matter’ T-shirt that he was okay using a hand sign known to be used to signal allegiance among racist circles strains all credulity.”

The OSP has argued that its accusers failed to wait for “complete information before condemning a trooper with an irreparable and harmful label.”

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