INSIDE EDITION watched court officer Furlani drinking during lunch break on seven days.
INSIDE EDITION's Matt Meagher confronted Officer Zera, who was seen drinking at least 13 times.
INSIDE EDITION: It's lunchtime at a pub in lower Manhattan. For about an hour and a half, a group of men will pound down beers or drink hard liquor and sometimes even do shots. However, when they leave the bar, they're not headed home...they're going back to work. The group of men are New York State court officers, in charge of the safety and security in one of the nation's busiest criminal courts. They carry guns, can arrest people, and handle some of the most dangerous criminals you can imagine. At courthouses across America, the job of a court officer can look mundane. But in the blink of an eye, a calm courtroom can turn very dangerous. Certainly a court officer should never be under the influence of alcohol. That's why INSIDE EDITION was shocked to discover that a number of officers from Manhattan Criminal Court were routinely slipping out of their uniforms, walking a half block from the courthouse for a liquid lunch at the bar.
During a four-month hidden camera investigation, INSIDE EDITION saw a parade of court officers visiting the bar. On 13 different days, INSIDE EDITION observed Steven Zera, a senior court officer in Manhattan's Criminal Court, drinking at lunchtime. One day he had six beers. The next day he had five beers. On another day, he had three beers topped off with a shot. INSIDE EDITION watched him have five beers on another day, and then as he walked back into the courthouse, caught him on camera removing his shirt to reveal his uniform underneath. When the bar was closed for renovations, INSIDE EDITION found Officer Zera at lunchtime, again out of uniform, drinking a beer hidden in a paper bag right outside the courthouse.