Former Buffalo police officer admits he faked an injury

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A former Buffalo police officer has admitted to faking an injury.

In court, Tonawanda resident Sean Potter, 52, pleaded guilty to offering a false instrument for filing.

Potter says he filed paperwork with the Buffalo Police Department claiming he was injured while on duty in September.

“Police work is inherently dangerous and every day the brave members of the Buffalo Police Department put their health at risk for the citizens of Buffalo,” acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty Jr. said. “The reality is that suffering an injury on the job is a risk, but they are willing to face that to serve us.  That is why there are remedies and protections for officers who suffer an injury on the job.  Fortunately, the vast majority of members of the Buffalo Police Department are hardworking, honest, dedicated public servants.  It is discouraging and disheartening to learn that some officers are willing to game the system at our expense.  Not only does this cost the taxpayer unfairly, it tends to reflect poorly on everyone else in the force.”

Along with Potter’s guilty plea, the 26-year veteran resigned from the police department. He was sentenced to one year conditional discharge. 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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