This website is devoted to Brandon Ellingson, and the fight to bring justice to him and his family.
Brandon died on May 31, 2014 while in the custody of a Missouri Highway Patrol officer on The Lake of the Ozarks.
Brandon was stopped on the lake under 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. Minutes later, Brandon’s body lay at the bottom of 69 feet of water. 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.
More than 3 months went by with no word from anyone from the Missouri Patrol. No contact with the family,
no statement from any authority including the Governor’s office, nothing. Then finally, on September 4, 2014
jurors at a one-day “coroner’s inquest” heard from 6 hand-picked witnesses. It was an antiquated proceeding
in which one-sided information, selected only by the prosecutor and coroner, was presented. 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.
Since that day, several media outlets, including a journalist with the Kansas City Star newspaper have been
pouring over more than 400 pages in the Missouri Highway Patrol’s investigative report. This reporter has
also gained access to audio and video tapes of the accounts of officials immediately following the incident.
She is uncovering shocking details about what took place that day in May. She is exposing the reckless
behavior of the arresting officer, and the horrific sequence of events that unfolded. This reporter is
bringing to light the critical testimony of eye witnesses who were disregarded at the inquest. She is
writing about the lack of proper training of this officer, and the glaring lack of protocol being followed
that day. Another journalist with the KC Star referred to the handling of this case by the MHP as a
We need the Department of Justice to launch a federal investigation into this case. The state of Missouri
has improperly and hastily rendered their verdict, and sees no wrongdoing. Please click
to sign the on-line petition which will be presented to the United States Attorney General.
This is our plea to take action.