Buffalo Police Dispatcher Suspended For Calling Protesters 'Rabid Animals' Who Officers Should 'Shoot to Kill'

An employee at the Buffalo Police Department in New York has been suspended for an alleged social media post in which he called for George Floyd protesters to be killed.

Bob Marth, a dispatcher at the department, is accused of posting an explicit Facebook post regarding the protesters which have gathered in the state for several days.

"Enough is enough!!!," Marth allegedly wrote in a post seen by WKBW. "What is going on is uncalled for. F*****g wild animals...and what do you do to an animal that's rabid and out of control—you take it out!!

"Mayor stop being a pasty to these f***s ad give the order!!! Allow the officers to shoot to kill."

In a statement, Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood confirmed that the employee has been suspended and an investigation has been launched.

"The Buffalo Police Department has become aware of a reprehensible social media post by a civilian employee of the Department on his personal Facebook page," Lockwood wrote. "I have immediately suspended the employee without pay and opened an internal investigation."

The Buffalo Police Department made worldwide news recently after two of their officers were suspended and later charged for allegedly pushing over a 75-year-old man at a protest.

Officers Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32, have both been charged with assault in connection with the incident which was captured on video.

The clip, which has been seen tens of millions of times online, shows the elderly man—later identified as Martin Gugino—approaching a line of officers in riot gear on Thursday, June 4.

One of the officers then shoves the elderly man, while a second appears to push him with his baton. Gugino then falls backwards and hits his head, causing him to start bleeding. He was taken to hospital for his injuries.

In a statement, an attorney representing Gugino described the 75-year-old as a "longtime peaceful protester, human rights advocate, and overall fan of the US Constitution for many years."

The statement added: "He appreciates all of the well wishes he has received and requests that any further protests continue to be peaceful."

In the wake of the officer's suspension, all 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team resigned.

Buffalo Police Benevolent Association President John Evans said they are backing the force's original statement which said that Gugino was injured after he "tripped and fell" during a "skirmish" between officers.

"Our position is these officers were simply following orders from Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia to clear the square. It doesn't specify clear the square of men, 50 and under or 15 to 40.

"They were simply doing their job. I don't know how much contact was made. He did slip in my estimation. He fell backwards," Evans said.

If convicted, Torgalski and McCabe face a maximum of seven years in jail.

The Buffalo Police Department has been contacted for comment.

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Protesters hold up signs during a "Black Lives Matter" protest in front of Borough Hall on June 8, 2020 in New York City. ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty