As Joel Lattuca carried the beverages his girlfriend had just purchased back to her family, neither realized they were being followed by off-duty Buffalo Police Detective Edward Cotter.
Cotter replied that he was head of security for the HSBC stadium, and he wanted to see the coin she was trying to use with the concession people.
demanded to know who he
Shane Buczek would later be accused by Cotter
as posing as a federal agent and using his Apostille ID badge as his government ID card.
Cotter demanded, then looking at Shane, insisted on knowing if he was "...the same f*ckin' Shane Buczek that knows Billy Crawford"—another Buffalo police officer.
called the Buffalo police department
for back-up to take the Buczeks into custody.
IN addition, Buczek explained to Cotter
, the coins were not counterfeit money.
pulled the cuffs, jerking Buczek off balance, adding caustically: "I should tear your hair piece off your head!"
searched Dan Buczek and emptied his pockets, taking his comb, cell phone, his Sabres ticket—which Buczek wanted to save as a souvenir—his billfold plus several $20 Silver Liberties.
Shane Buczek was also charged with criminal impersonation when Cotter
claimed the younger Buczek represented himself as a federal official with his Apostille ID card.
The Buczeks were detained at the HSBC stadium by Cotter and Buffalo police officers Jill Halor and George Wagner from 8:05 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. At that time, Dan and Shane Buczek were finally escorted from the stadium in handcuffs.
Detective Edward Cotter's interest in the Buczeks was purely personal.
badge and his
authority as a police officer to harass someone he
Hopefully Internal Affairs will investigate Edward Cotter
and pull his
As Cotter tried to cover his tracks by pushing for the prosecution of the Buczeks on anything the DA could make stick, he called the Buffalo office of the Secret Service and asked for an agents to investigate the counterfeiters he had locked up.
Michael C. Bryant, special-agent-in-charge sent one of his agents to see Cotter
The Buczeks were placed in nine different holding cells over the 26 hours they were detained as Cotter
used every trick he
knew to find a charge that would stick.
told told Dan Buczek he
would "...send your son up the river for a long time.
even offered to set Dan Buczek free if he would testify against his son.
Deborah Buczek, the wife of Dan Buczek , posted the bail for her husband and son at 12:22 p.m. Cotter
held up the release of Dan and Shane Buczek until sheriff's deputies pushed him to turn in the paperwork.
name is Ed
At the time of the confrontation between Cotter and the Buczek family on Dec. 26, Ed Cotter was the hands-on favorite candidate to become Buffalo's next police commissioner.
Most of the Buffalo media favored Cotter
as well since the Cotter name is well known and respected in both the Buffalo police and fire departments.
But, the mayor had other ideas.
On Feb. 5, 2006, Buffalo's mayor announced the appointment of former Buffalo police officer H. McCarthy "Mac" Gipson as the city's new police commissioner, leaving Cotter out in the cold. it's nice to see that Buffalo's mayor was not taken in by Ed Cotter and his family's stellar reputation.
Shane Buczek was charged with attempting to fight with off-duty police officer and HSBC Arena security guard Ed Cotter.
In a further aside it should be noted that with respect to the Liberty Dollar, which was what initiated the conflict between the Buzceks and Cotter
, at around 8 a.m. on November 14, 2007 a dozen FBI agents raided the offices of Liberty Dollar in a strip mall in Evansville, Indiana and confiscated everything in the office—including two tons of commemorative Ron Paul coins.