The Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team was harshly criticized online after all 57 officers resigned from the team in solidarity with officers who were suspended for shoving an elderly man during protests against police violence.
Video went viral on Thursday that showed police shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino, who bled from the ear after his head hit the concrete with a thud.
“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” Buffalo Police Benevolent Association president John Evans said in a statement.
The "superior orders" defense is also known as the Nuremberg defense, which was used by Nazis tried for war crimes.
Here's some of what people were saying:
"Just following orders" hasn't worked since #Nuremberg... try again, losers... https://t.co/sEFMJcJM0e— Edward H. Carpenter (@Edward H. Carpenter)1591386069.0
all 57 of these mfers should be fired in disgust imo https://t.co/CwzbpAtZOI— Andrew Lawrence (@Andrew Lawrence)1591384749.0
The name for this is literally the "Nuremberg defense." It didn't work for the Nazis and I sure as hell hope it doe… https://t.co/qqPOrUKORc— Matt Novak (@Matt Novak)1591384010.0
Joe Biden says 10-15% of Americans are not very good people. Buffalo cops prove him right. 57 of them resign to su… https://t.co/RSLeI5FwHW— The Daily Edge (@The Daily Edge)1591386267.0
80 years after the Nuremberg trials and cops really are still pulling out "I was just following orders " as a justi… https://t.co/0pOp3zrNZg— LD (@LD)1591385883.0
“The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from respon… https://t.co/5YPyqMLXKd— heathen king (@heathen king)1591386120.0
Does anyone have a time machine? I think we need to go back and redo the Nuremberg trials. Apparently "just followi… https://t.co/TYckIReO5e— beeeeennnn 벤 (@beeeeennnn 벤)1591386261.0
Cops determined to prove the ACAB tags right. https://t.co/n8sdFbufou— Amanda Marcotte (@Amanda Marcotte)1591385884.0