Bill Sager’s friend suing cop accused of cuffing him illegally in Molly’s Pub

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The man who officer Robert Eloff is accused of violating the civil rights of is striking back at Eloff and six other defendants.

Donald Hall, a friend of William Sager was also in Molly’s Pub the night his friend was fatally pushed down a flight of stairs, is suing a slew of defendants, some of which are also named in a lawsuit which was recently filed by Sager’s family.

Hall hired the Lo Tempio Law Group to represent him in court on his lawsuit against the City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department, Robert Eloff (both individually and in his official capacity as a Buffalo Police Officer), Michael Beavers (both individually and in his official capacity as a Buffalo Police Officer), NHJB, Inc. — the corporation which owns Molly’s Pub, Norman Habib (both individually and in his capacity of the shareholder of NHJB), Inc. and John Bradley (both individually and in his capacity of the shareholder of NHJB).

Last week, Sager’s family named 11 defendants in their suit.

The lawsuit centers around civil rights violations federal officials accused Robert Eloff of in late April. In the documents from the filed lawsuit, Hall and his attorney say he was handcuffed by Eloff and placed on the ground next to his dying friend.

DOCUMENT | See the details of the lawsuit here

Hall’s case says he dealt with the emotional stress of seeing Sager dying next to him, along with the fact that he was allegedly imprisoned against his will and wrongly charged with a crime he didn’t commit.

“These defendants must be ordered to pay compensatory and punitive damages, together with attorney’s fees and costs of the instant action to (Hall) as a result of his unlawful arrest,” the report read. 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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