Pridgen wants bar bouncers to undergo training

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The day after Airman William Sager passed away, Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen is calling on the city to enforce an ordinance regarding bouncers in bars.

On May 11, Sager was allegedly pushed down a narrow flight of stairs by Mollys Pub manager 35-year-old Jeffrey Basil, who is currently charged with attempted murder and assault. Sager, who had just gotten engaged last summer, suffered a traumatic brain injury and remained in a coma at ECMC before passing away on Thursday.

“This is not the first incident, but this is the first incident that has gotten the press because of the passing and really the gruesomeness of this act. I don’t want to see it happen again,” Pridgen said.

Pridgen wants to enforce the law that requires all bouncers in bars in the City of Buffalo to be registered with the city and undergo training on how to handle customers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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