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Brandon Ellingson

Please demand the Department of Justice investigate the Missouri Highway Patrol,
specifically in regards to the death investigation of Brandon Ellingson, an Iowa citizen, while in their custody.

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The Ellingson Family has found strength in the embrace of those around them. Throughout this journey, there have been many new acquaintances, kindred spirits, reunions with far away and past friends, and an outpouring of support from thousands of people.

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I am very sorry for your loss. I hope you win your lawsuit against the state. I know that will not bring Brandon back, however someone needs to accountable for his drowning. Should be a no brainer you will win. I have lived on the lake all my life, the water patrol is only there to give citations and bwis. They are not there to protect or help anyone. I have seen this first hand. Good Luck!!!!

~ Brian Kenniston - Camdenton, mo

My heart has been breaking for Brandon, his family and friends ever since reading about this in the KC Star ever since the event in May. Please accept my heartfelt and prayerful condolences. I've contacted the KC Star reporter, Laura, several times to continue to encourage her to keep this case in front of the public - which she has with front page articles. I've saved all the articles, and have sent electronic copies to people I hope will have governmental influence on Missouri Highway Patrol policies, practices and procedures. Anyone with an ounce of common sense can see this was negligence and Brandon died because he was powerless against an incompetent patrol officer. Yes, it was an accident - I can't believe the trooper intended for this to happen - but he wasn't competent, which he has more or less admitted to. Justice was not done at the investigative hearing. I pray Brandon's story will reach the right ears and he will be remembered for not only the wonderful person he was, but for the hero who, through death, found a way to protect further deaths of innocent people. Please God, give Brandon and his family justice.

~ Joan Bergstrom - Lees Summit, MO

Please stay strong! Ask yourself, ''What would Brandon want for us now and in the long run?''
Make sure to celebrate all the beautiful memories you had with each other.
Take time to heal and grieve for your family.
Sending you my deepest condolences.

~ Lisa Dodge - Wixom, Michigan

I found this Arizona Statute 28-661 - Accidents involving death or physical injuries ...
Michigan has a similar one.
I have not yet found one in Missouri.
I will look through the other states and if a majority of them have a similar statute and it
turns out that Missouri doesn't, Missouri state senators should be strongly encouraged to introduce a bill and get a similar statute legislated into law.

~ Maria Koutsoukos - Lansing, MI

So sorry for your loss,never enough times said does it soften the blow,but I too lost my son.
May God Bless You Mama!!!
Although it's not the same manner of death at all,I too feel great pain & sorrow in my heart.
I also feel the need to seek more effective laws in which the corruption of local authorities would be stopped!!!

~ Mary - Harrisonville, Mo.

Sherri...I honestly had no idea this even happened. I have no words to describe how I feel... you are part of my family and family means NOBODY gets left behind. Justice will be served...please believe I am here if you need me for ANYTHING! They will not get away with this one! ALL of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Kim Klein - Story City, Iowa

My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone who knew Brandon. Every death is a tragedy, but to have Brandon taken from his family and friends so early in life is especially heartbreaking. Other than condolences, all I can offer is the assurance that you are not alone as victims of a criminal ''justice'' system that has gone horribly wrong in so many ways. I became aware of the ''tricks'' used by law enforcement to hide wrongdoing in 2006, when my brother's homicide investigation was mismanaged. I was especially interested in the witness testimony listed under the ''EYEWITNESS REPORT'' tab that mentioned ''The mere discrepancy between my own taped testimony and the typed version disclosed by the patrol should in itself warrant further investigation and disciplinary action.'' I have seen this type of error in nearly every wrongful conviction I have looked into. Do you have more details? This method of rewriting witness testimony should not be allowed.

~ Laurie Juedes - Woodinville, WA

Sending you my deepest sympathy as tears stream.. SO SO SO heartbreaking. Please know that you and Brandon are in my thoughts and prayers

~ Karin Anderson - Takoma Park, MD

I am so sorry for losing this wonderful young man. It's really a horror when those who are supposed to protect us do not do that.


~ Adriane Bradley - Saint Charles, MO

Allow me first to express my deepest sympathy to the Ellingson family. No parent should have to bury their child, especially when the death was preventable.

I am so deeply saddened by Brandon's story. His story hit me on a personal level. My niece Sophia, also born in 1993, passed away in May 2010 under similar circumstances of police cover up. The California Highway Patrol and Coroner's Office lied to us about her death in order to cover up their own negligence. Sophia's death was also preventable.

I have done extensive research on holding police accountable for failure to protect. You can sue the parties responsible for Brandon's unnecessary and preventable death in a civil lawsuit (you have only 6 months from date of incident to file against a government agency and/or officer). Brandon's case most definitely defines the ''special relationship'' doctrine, which holds police officers liable when an arrestee is injured or dies while in custody. This link is to a very good nutshell article about this...please read to know your rights.

Once again, words cannot adequately describe how deeply sorry I am for your loss. May God be with you during this difficult time.

~ Linda Esmaili - Pasadena, CA

Mrs. Ellingson:

I want to apologize for the way MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL treated your son. I am myself from a LAW ENFORCEMENT and MILITARY FAMILY BACKGROUND. As Public Servants we are expected to be the LAST LINE OF DEFENSE and we are also supposed to PROTECT AND SERVE and not EXECUTE AND COVER UP which is what has happened here in this case. Keep on spreading the word and keep calling everyone involved as you will eventually find that sooner or later this will indeed come into the light. All CORRUPTION and DECEIT will come to an end. GOD knows what happened and GOD will prevail!!!!!! This so called STATE TROOPER has KARMA to answer to. The deck is definitely stacked against this TROOPER who eventually will stand in judgement of what he did to your beloved son. That I can promise you!!!!! You will win your case and after you do hopefully something like this will never ever happen again. By the way I just loved your video as it really showed what kind of human being your son was. He is sitting on the right hand of GOD. God Bless you and your entire family. I will keep you in my prayers...........

~ William Yakel - Oakland Park, FL

I'm sorry for your loss... Now I know money could never replace a loved one, but to Gov't, money/ revenue is what increasing the Police state is all about... & though the Officer's actions may have been found accidental, avoiding criminal prosecution, doesn't mean that the State of Mo. wasn't negligible by creating a joint task-force with-out undergoing the proper training 1st which make the State of Mo. directly responsible for the wrongful death of Brandon & should be sued for such if for nothing else than to make a statement of responsibility & get the proper training inactivated to help prevent future tragedies.

Isaiah 57:1
The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity;

~ Todd Fortner - Smithton, Il.

Please, Please do not give up. Fight until the bitter end!! As public servants we are held to a higher standard and that standard must be upheld. Most everyone does their job well. Those few bad apples make all of us look bad. I hope find some peace in the tragedy that has happened, I am sorry for your loss.

~ Scott Standley - Fort Myers, Florida

As a Mom first , I support you in every aspect of this fight. I'm so sad for your preventable loss . I'm angered that law enforcement can be our best friend or our worse enemy with unjustifiable acts . I too was a police officer , 8 yrs as an only female sheriff's deputy in a very Rual southern county. I know first hand the correct protocol for transport of a suspect & first hand the steps taken to cover it up when a death was involved because it wasn't done right . You have to fight for your son & you need a village of support . Contact me if you ever need to. God bless ?

~ Wanda Hunter - Rock Hill, SC

This is outrageous! I am new to the story but a young man suffered a very stressful death due to negligence and a disregard for the same safety rules they must enforce in these boats. I am saddened to say the true tragedy is the fact that an entire justice system seems to make lie after lie to cover up the loss of Brandon's life. What did all of our mommas tell us about how one lie turns into another lie? It is time to stand up and take responsibility, Brandon has taken it all and he was the victim. Atrocious! Many prayers to family, friends, neighbors and a whole community. Sign here... who knows what tragedy could happen again since they have gotten away with this!

~ Jeanine O - Acworth, GA

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I have two sons. I shouldn't have to be afraid that they're in danger because out of control law enforcement, but I am. He was in their custody and his life was cut short. No other information is needed to hold them responsible of negligence. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Marisa Schmidt - Austin, TX

I am heartened by your peaceful means of demanding justice for your beloved son Brandon. Please know that Brandon and all who knew and loved him will be in my prayers.

~ Jen Byrd - Plainfield, IL

I am sorry about your loss. If this were my Son I would continue your fight. I'm sure you are outraged with the Justice System. I am dealing with my own nightmare with the officials here. Don't give up. I am curious to know, did Camden County do the investigating? or was it the Missouri Highway Patrol? The system is so corrupt and things have got to change. Prayers for you and your family.

~ Stacey Austin - St. Charles, MO

i am an alum of Arizona State University and feel this young man was taken away from you and life to young. It is appalling what they did and the actions that let to your sons death. They (law enforcement) do not care if you are helpless in the back of a car or in a boat. I have experienced the high speeds they operate at when you are handcuffed behind your back. My prayers are with you ---- Sun Devil

~ Keith P Touchet, CSTM - Kaplan, LA