Officer Eloff may be paid for another year

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — He’s been suspended with pay for a year, and there’s no sign of the paychecks stopping anytime soon.

Buffalo Police Officer Robert Eloff is one of the officers who was suspended last May for working security at a bar the night William Sager was pushed down a flight of stairs at Molly’s Pub.

Eloff was back in Federal Court Tuesday morning for the purpose of formally retaining Herb Greenman as his lawyer. There were some undisclosed issues that postponed the attorney appearance until next Thursday at which time Greenman says he expects to be retained. Eloff is facing three federal civil rights charges. He’s accused of arresting a friend of William Sager without cause that night and punching and kicking a handcuffed man three months earlier at Molly’s Pub.

News 4 discovered that Eloff earned more than a hundred thousand dollars last year even though he was suspended with pay for half of the year. Under the rules of the City and the Police Benevolent Association, any suspended officer cannot lose more than thirty days pay while the case is being resolved. Sources tell News Four Eloff will likely continue to be paid until this Federal case against him is concluded which could take many months or even years.

Fellow Officer Adam O’Shei has also been on paid suspension for working security at Molly’s Pub that night, but he was granted immunity and has not been charged. O’Shei’s case could be resolved sooner.

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