Buffalo Police Banned from Working Security at Bars

May 23, 2014 Updated May 23, 2014 at 6:55 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 23, 2014 Updated May 23, 2014 at 6:55 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) The Buffalo Police Department announced that it is rescinding the right of all officers to work off-duty performing security for bars and nightclubs.

Since the late 1990's, Buffalo Police were allowed to work outdoor security at the establishments but not indoor security.

The action comes after the department found a handful of officers were violating regulations and working indoor security at local bars.

Those officers are now facing disciplinary actions.

The new policy is also being put into place after an incident at Mollys Pub on Main Street in Buffalo where a local serviceman was critically injured.

William Sager, Jr is hospitalized in a coma after being pushed down a flight of stairs by the pub's manager Jeffrey Basil from Amherst.

Two off-duty Buffalo Police officers, Robert Eloff and Adam O'Shei, were present during the assault because they had been hired to perform outdoor security - a duty they had finished before the assault took place.

The two officers are suspended without pay while the investigation continues.

Under the new rule, Buffalo Police will still be allowed to work off-duty performing security work for sports facilities and community establishments.

Watch Ed Reilly's story for more information.