Buffalo Protester Pushed Down by Police Suffered Brain Injury: Lawyer

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Gugino's friends and attorney have previously told PEOPLE that depiction is absurd.

"The gap between who Martin is and what the president alleged or hinted at is so wide, it's really indescribable," says Matt Daloisio, a New York City public defender who has known Gugino for more than a decade.

Instead, he's described as a gentle man devoted to nonviolence, a Catholic who can be found advocating for causes as varied as affordable housing with PUSH Buffalo, nuclear disarmament with The Kings Bay Plowshares or racial justice with Black Lives Matter, among other causes.

"Martin spends all of his time trying to figure out how to use his gifts and his resources to benefit others," says Daloisio. The pair met through their work with Witness Against Torture, a group devoted to shutting down the prison in Guantanamo.

"Martin's one of the sweetest people I've ever met," Daloisio tells PEOPLE. "He is a kind and gentle man."

To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:

• Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.

• ColorofChange.org works to make government more responsive to racial disparities.

• National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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