Suspended Buffalo cop indicted on civil rights violations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A federal grand jury has chosen to indict a Buffalo Police Officer who was named in a federal criminal complaint over civil rights violations.

The grand jury was given 30 days on June 17 to indict Robert Eloff, and chose to do so on July 15. Eloff is now indicted on two charges of civil rights violations, including deprivation of rights under color of law and conspiracy to deprive an individual of rights under color of law.

Charges Eloff is facing stem indirectly from an incident which led to the death of Air National Guardsman Bill Sager, who died at Molly’s Pub at the hands of Jeffrey Basil.

The charges focus on the events directly following the fatal shove which killed Sager. Both charges accuse Eloff of violating the civil rights of Bill Sager’s friend, who was also at the bar that night.

Federal prosecutors say Eloff handcuffed and arrested a concerned friend of the Air National Guardsman without probable cause, violating his right to be free from unreasonable seizure. Prosecutors say Eloff conspired with Jeffrey Basil to arrest the man.

The victim is being kept nameless in all court proceedings.

If found guilty of the charges, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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