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Not content with its ‘provocative policing practices‘ igniting the biggest period of civil unrest in America in half a century, the animals running the Missouri Department of Highway Patrol have finally been called to task by a Senator for the attempted cover-up of the killing of a college student on Lake of the Ozarks last year by a ‘marine trooper’, whatever the fuck that is.
You may remember this story from last June, when the actions of State Trooper Anthony Piercy caused the death of 20 year old Iowan Brandon Ellingson, who flipped out of the trooper’s patrol boat while handcuffed. The cops’ incompetent handling of the MOB killed Ellingson, yet a questionable coroner’s inquest found no culpability on the part of Piercy, and the Trooper’s video recording system was conveniently “missing its memory card.” In the meantime, Sargeant Randy Henry was demoted and disciplined by his supervisors for speaking out about the miscarriage of justice, and both Henry and the family of Ellingson are now in litigation with Missouri Highway Patrol over their mismanagement (and alleged corruption, report falsification, and deception). Will the Senator’s power bring a change to yet another American police department with a record of killing the innocent? We’re not confident, but we encourage you to head over the Justice for Brandon Facebook Page to add your support, while telling America’s police agencies that they need to train their fucking water cops better or expect consequences. Boaters’ lives matter, too.
Here’s the August report from WHOTV:
New allegations have surfaced that the investigation into the death of Brandon Ellingson may have been botched, and that there was a cover-up based on a favor owed among Missouri law enforcement.
Ellingson, who was a Clive resident, was arrested last year for drunken boating at the Lake of the Ozarks. He was handcuffed, and then fell out of a police boat. He drowned before the arresting officer could save him. The same officer admitted he put on Ellingson’s life jacket the wrong way.
Amanda Grellner was the special prosecutor. She investigated the case, but she never pressed any charges against that arresting officer.
Meanwhile, another trooper criticized the Missouri Highway Patrol over how the arrest was handled. Sgt. Randy Henry spoke out and was demoted. Henry hired an attorney and appealed that decision.
The attorney says there was a botched rape investigation involving Grellner’s son and claims there was a cover-up.
The attorney believes Ellingson’s death was never fully investigated. He says that was Grellner’s way of paying back the Missouri State Patrol. Grellner stepped down from the Ellingson case and a second prosecutor took over.
Props to NWA and Rage Against The Machine for the title inspiration.
September 3rd, 2015 by admin
Police corruption and malfeasance has forced many departments to run cameras all the time now, and the litany of cases where the recorders were ‘nonfunctional’ is beyond belief. Add that to the ubiquitous incompetence of the typical governmental body’s Marine Police and you literally have people getting away with murder. Here’s one such story from the Missouri Highway Patrol, and if it doesn’t make you shudder, you have no heart. And if you don’t get over and sign the petition for a little justice amongst a sea of corruption and bad actors RIGHT NOW, you have no soul. Check out a memorial video here, but bring your Kleenex.
I was so proud of my son, Brandon. He was going into his junior year of Business College at Arizona State University and he was planning to join our family business when he graduated. But on the night of May 31, Brandon drowned while in the custody of the Missouri Highway/Water Patrol. Now all I can think, over and over, is how did this happen? Who let this happen?
On that day, Brandon was out with his friends, boating at The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. He was arrested for suspicion of boating while intoxicated. By taped accounts of the arresting officer himself, Brandon was respectful and compliant while he was taken into custody, placed in handcuffs, donned with an ill-fitting and inappropriate life vest, and driven away at extremely high speeds. Brandon was ejected from the boat when it hit a large wave at 43 MPH and when he hit the water, the life jacket floated away from him. With his hands tied behind his back, Brandon struggled to stay above the water for many minutes. It wasn’t until a woman in a passing boat yelled for the officer to jump in and save him that he finally jumped in the water, but by then it was too late. While the patrol’s boat was equipped with three audio-visual cameras, the memory cards were not in place and the atrocious events of the day were not recorded. Brandon’s body was recovered from the water the next day in 70 feet of water.
Rather than bring in a person outside of the Missouri Highway Patrol to investigate the death of a civilian in their custody, they conducted their own internal investigation. Then they had a coroner’s inquest with a hand picked jury; crucial witnesses and evidence were left out and no cross-examination was allowed. Jurors deliberated for less than 8 minutes before determining Brandon’s death to be accidental. Four days later, the prosecutor said she would accept the jury’s decision, and no charges would be filed against the officer.
I’m not the only person who thinks the circumstances of my son’s death are suspicious and outrageous. The Missouri State House speaker has created a committee to investigate safety on the lake and my son’s story has been reported in news outlets like The Kansas City Star and USA Today. The person responsible for Brandon’s death needs to be held accountable, so that nothing like this ever happens again. The people that helped cover-up and whitewash his death as a tragic accident need to be held responsible, as well.
Brandon was a really special person. He had an infectious laugh and a love of life, and no matter who you were he made you feel like you were his best friend. When Brandon was in high school, our home was a gathering place for all kinds of kids — older, younger, different schools, different sports. They all came to hang out with Brandon. That’s who he was. He brought people together.
And now, people are coming together for Brandon again. We’re coming together to demand that the Department of Justice hold those people responsible for taking the life of a bright, promising young man and all those covering up the facts. It’s time to shine a light on what really happened to my son. Please join me in demanding the Department of Justice investigate the Missouri Highway Patrol, specifically in regards to the death investigation of Brandon Ellingson, while in their custody. For updates on our progress, please visit our Justice For Brandon site.
October 9th, 2014 by admin