Family of murdered Air National Guardsman suing over son’s death

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The family of National Guardsman William Sager has filed a civil rights suit in NY State Supreme Court naming a long list of defendants.

Sager’s father William Sager Senior hired attorney Francis Letro to pursue the lawsuit. They named eleven defendants in the suit.

  • The City of Buffalo
  • City of Buffalo Police Department
  • Daniel Derenda, commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department
  • Buffalo Police Benevolent Association
  • Buffalo Police Officer Robert Eloff
  • Buffalo Police Officer Adam O’Shei
  • Jeffrey Basil
  • NHUB, Inc., operators of Molly’s Pub
  • Norman Habib, owner of NHUB, Inc.
  • Michael Miranda, landlord of Molly’s Pub

The 89-page complaint alleges that the City of Buffalo Bouncer Law, which allows off-duty officers to work security outside of bars, created a culture which empowered Jeffrey Basil to push Sager down the stairs.

“I recall the testimony of a bartender who said that Jeffrey Basil boasted that he had the protection of the Police Department, and that witness was intimidated from coming forward,” Letro said.

The lawsuit had to be filed within one year of the alleged civil rights violation. William Sager was pushed down a flight of stairs at Molly’s Pub on May 11. Sager died on July 31 from his injuries.

“The Sager family and Bill’s fiance Erika Webster feel very strongly that there needs to be justice for the violations of Bill’s civil rights and we intend to strenuously argue that point in court,” Letro said in the release.

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