Report: Buffalo Police Officer With Political Connection Reportedly Racks Up Disciplinary Charges

This is a curious story. West Seneca Police Chief Edward F. Gehen called in the FBI to investigate an officer, Sean P. Kelley, who had a long line of disciplinary problems, but was rumored to be too well-connected to fire.

Kelley is accused of attacking a young man who made a rude remark to Kelley and his wife at a tavern. That is usually not the type of offense that leads to an FBI investigation and a charge of violating civil rights.

According to reports, Kelley, 30, had a long list of disciplinary problems. He was hired in 2005 despite objections that his background investigation showed a history of misconduct while working for the highway department and a domestic abuse allegation. However, then-Town Supervisor Paul T. Clark reportedly pushed him through the process. He was retained even when training officers complained in the first few weeks of a bad attitude and poor work. Officers were told that his father was a close friend of Clark and that made Kelley untouchable.

Nothing changed even after Kelley was disciplined 10 times, suspended, and ordered to attend counseling for alcohol abuse and anger management. This includes such acts as entering a cellblock off-hours and offering an alcoholic drink to a female prisoner as well as another domestic abuse allegation involving slapping his wife.

Nevertheless, Gehen does not have the power to fire an officer. Kelley had been unanimously hired despite objections by Clark, Vincent J. Graber Jr., a former town councilman, and other Town Board members — Craig J. Hicks, Christopher F. Osmanski and Christine Wleklinski-Bove.

The final incident came when a man called J.Y. made a crude remark at a bar. He reportedly later sent a round of drinks to Kelley’s table to apologize, but Kelley called the police dispatcher and asked to speak to the on-duty officer to say that the man was harassing him and his wife and that the bartender needed assistance. When the officers arrived, Kelley grabbed the man and forced him out of the bar with the man reportedly saying “I’m sorry, dude, I’m sorry.” Witnesses said that Kelley smashed JY’s head against the exit door and choked and punched him. He is also accused of smashing his head against an outside wall. One witness said Kelley was screaming “I’m a f***ing cop.”

After resigning from the police department and being charged by the FBI, Kelley was back in trouble for allegedly assaulting three officers and resisting arrest in a bar in South Buffalo. Kelley reportedly told the officers at the time of his arrest, “I’m a cop.”

Source: Buffalo News

10 thoughts on “Report: Buffalo Police Officer With Political Connection Reportedly Racks Up Disciplinary Charges”

  1. If you look at the U.S. Attorney press releases they frequently prosecute individuals for failure to comply w sex offender registration laws. So it’s not like it has to be a multi person multi murder or multi millions of dollar case to be a federal case. What the officer did was 18 usc section 242

    You have not known misery until you have been a victim of government officials run amok. The only help available is from the feds if the locals decide to circle the wagons. The feds should prosecute all of these local government crimes, not just some of them, because 1.) They are the only help available 2.) When cops and local government officials turn into corrupt bullies people can easily die. Not just in fights either. They can die in unsafe buildings after corrupt building inspectors take bribes. 3.) When local governments are corrupt, such as keeping thugs on the payroll, usually they are corrupt in every possible way including permit fraud, embezzlement, kick backs, extortion etc.

  2. Buffalo runs like syndicated crime families. I am not surprised that he was too well connected to fire, but the man in the bar with the injured head should pursue civil damages and, if I were he, I would drink at home from now on.

  3. It really seems that the FBI should have a more active “enforcement of laws on law enforcement” department/function.

    “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” Who watches the watchmen? Plato struggled with the issue in the Republic, and the Romans recognized the problem of policing the police. States’ rights be damned, we need Federal law enforcement to keep a constant, intrusive watch on local and state law enforcement.

  4. It is kinda of funny when hotel security tells them that they are going to call the cops….well….we are the cops…

    So Blouise do you have a fireman’s calender in your house?

  5. Ay,

    “I am cop I have all too often…Ever gone to a cops wedding? Want to see out of control?”


    I’m not a cop but have been to several cop weddings … out of control is an understatement … however, firemen at a New Years Eve party beat cops hands down … they’re also better built! (god, I love doing that … any cops reading this are sputtering and mumbling, “Yeah, sure … that’s ’cause they have nothin’ to do all day but work out …”.)

  6. And what is the difference in this city than any other? I am cop I have all too often…Ever gone to a cops wedding? Want to see out of control?

  7. If the facts are as presented in this article then shouldn’t Paul T. Clark also be under investigation?

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