Lawyers cross examine suspended officer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Lawyers cross examined a suspended Buffalo police officer during the trial of Jeffrey Basil, Tuesday. Adam O’Shei is one of two witnesses who said he saw the former bar manager push Bill Sager at Mollys Pub last May.

O’Shei finished cross examination Tuesday morning. He told the court he tended to Sager after the fall, and Officer Rob Eloff was supposed to call 911. He said he assumed Eloff called right away.

O’Shei and Eloff were both off-duty at the time, and were working security at the bar.

O’Shei also testified about some important evidence. Basil is accused disposing a video surveillance machine in a garbage not far from the bar, about an hour after the altercation. O’Shei said he knew the DVR would be important evidence but didn’t do anything to try and preserve it.

O’Shei defended his medical care in court. He said he was tending to Sager, and that his head looked “weird” but he’s not a doctor.

After O’Shei testified, a physics expert took the stand. The expert said Sager fell, and his hips hit the third step and his head snapped back onto the concrete steps.

The expert said the fall happened in .677 seconds. The expert said Sager was propelled at considerable force, and his fall was not consistent with losing balance.

Basil is facing murder and manslaughter charges. 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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