Claim: Martin Gugino Was Using a "Police Tracker."

occams rusty scissor

Senior Member.
Something else I just picked up in the video - he's not even waving his phone over the position of the cops radio, and it doesn't even look like he has time to determine where it is. It depends on the department/unit rules, but my department gives scope to move pouches and gear placement to where the individual officer needs them. Usually, the radio is countering the weight of the pistol on the belt, but some prefer it on the vest.

It looks out of frame in that clip, but my guess is on the vest, above the left hip, or under left arm area? Out of range of Gugino's "scanner" tho.
 

Dingo

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Not that anyone cares but i decided to look at the original source -sourced by OAN in the OP- of the claim to see if any actual details were given. (vs novice vocabulary used by Trump)


During his effort Gugino was attempting to capture the radio communications signature of Buffalo police officers. CTH noted what he was attempting on Thursday night as soon as the now viral video was being used by media to sell a police brutality narrative. [Thread Here] Today, a more clear video has emerged that shows exactly what he was attempting.


In this slow motion video, you will see Gugino using a phone as a capture scanner. You might have heard the term “skimming”; it’s essentially the same. Watch him use his right hand to first scan the mic of officer one (top left of chest). Then Gugino moves his hand to the communications belt of the second officer. WATCH CLOSELY:


The capture of communications signals [explained in detail here] is a method of police tracking used by Antifa to monitor the location of police. In some cases the more high tech capture software can even decipher communication encryption allowing the professional agitators to block (black-out), jam, or interfere with police communication. In addition, many police body-cams are bluetooth enabled which allows syncing.
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There's zero reason to scan a microphone because there's zero encryption in said microphone. It's just converting sound into electrical signal. All the encryption/transmission is done by the radio itself.
So the fact that they're saying that waving his hand near it is significant makes me doubt their technical knowledge.

Also, that's a super conservative blog that relies on anonymous commenters for a lot of their claims. Like all of this 'radio hacking' stuff has come from 'some anonymous dude'.
 

Dingo

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As previously reported, conspiracy theorists are pushing the theory with images showing an odd bump on the back of Gugino's head, a can of fake blood, a squirting device and a photo of the man lying on the ground in a pool of blood pointing out two straps coming out of the man's mask, one of which they claim is the wire connecting the device.
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Regarding the false flag theory that he "wearing a blood pack" - there would obviously be evidence of this after the incident when paramedics rushed him to the hospital (where he still is, in serious condition). So were this theory to be true, the policeman who stopped the officer from helping him up, the fire personnel, the paramedics and healthcare workers would all have to be in cahoots on this conspiracy too, to cover up the evidence of a blood pack being used and a man not being injured, despite a very audible noise of him hitting the ground on the video.

That bump is a natural part of the skull, the inion. Normally its covered by hair, but it becomes obvious if you have a shaved head or in Gugino's case, grey and somewhat thinned hair. It's something that will vary in prominence between individuals, but if you run your hand over the back of your head you should feel that lump.

As far as the 'extra tube', Gugino is wearing two face masks. He's wearing a blue surgical mask -over- a white dust mask. That's two different sets of ear loops, not anything nefarious.
Finally, the 'extra loop' goes behind his ear, whereas the blood is clearly coming from inside of his ear canal. Which is consistent with head trauma and possible basal skull fracture.

So I think this 'fake injury' nonsense is pretty easily debunkable on the face of it.
 

Mendel

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Article:
A grand jury chose not to indict two Buffalo, New York, police officers who pushed a 75-year-old protester to the ground last June, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced Thursday.

Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe each faced a felony second-degree assault charge in Martin Gugino's fall, which fractured his skull and left him unable to walk at the time, according to an attorney for Gugino. They had pleaded not guilty.
 

Mendel

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Article:
A grand jury chose not to indict two Buffalo, New York, police officers who pushed a 75-year-old protester to the ground last June, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced Thursday.

Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe each faced a felony second-degree assault charge in Martin Gugino's fall, which fractured his skull and left him unable to walk at the time, according to an attorney for Gugino. They had pleaded not guilty.
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February 12, 2021

Criminal charges have been dropped against two police officers seen on video last spring shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground in Buffalo, New York, prosecutors said Thursday.

The Buffalo News reported that the Buffalo Police Department will begin an internal affairs investigation, a development that had been on hold because of the criminal case.

In the wake of the officers’ suspensions, nearly 60 other members of the department’s crowd control unit said they would no longer serve on the unit, effectively shutting it down.

The city responded by replacing the Emergency Response Team with a Public Protection Unit designed to work with groups seeking to peacefully protest. Other reforms in the wake of the protests included halting arrests for low-level, non-violent offenses like marijuana possession and making it easier for the public to view police body camera video.

The internal investigation has now concluded.
Article:
An arbitrator has ruled that two Buffalo police officers didn't violate the department's use-of-force guidelines when they pushed a 75-year-old protester to the ground in June 2020 during racial injustice protests following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In a decision Friday, arbitrator Jeffrey Selchick wrote, "Upon review, there is no evidence to sustain any claim that Respondents (police officers) had any other viable options other than to move Gugino out of the way of their forward movement."

The level of force used by the officers was justified because Gugino refused to comply with orders to leave the scene and was acting erratically and walked directly in front of McCabe, according to Selchick.

"The use of force employed by Respondents reflected no intent on their part to do more than to move Gugino away from them," he wrote.

McCabe and Torgalski were suspended without pay and arrested within days of the incident, but last year a grand jury declined to indict them and charges were dropped.

An attorney for Gugino, who has sued the city, told the Buffalo News that the ruling has no bearing on the [civil] lawsuit.

"We are not aware of any case where this arbitrator has ruled against on-duty police officers, so his ruling here on behalf of the police was not only expected by us, but was certainly expected by the union and city who selected and paid him," Melissa Wischerath told the newspaper.

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“There is no persuasive evidence, particularly when the Desmond video is reviewed in its various frames, that the Respondents sought to push or drive Gugino to the ground,” Selchick wrote.

He concluded Gugino appears to have lost his balance because he was holding objects in both hands, his advanced age or because he was surprised the officers used force to push him away.

He noted that Torgalski testified that he was concerned that Gugino was getting close to his police firearm. The officer said he was also worried that he might catch the Covid-19 virus from Gugino.

[...]

“While Gugino might well have believed that he was engaged in some type of civil disobedience or, perhaps, acting out a role in some type of political theater, Gugino was definitely not an innocent bystander.”
 
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