A Missouri highway patrol officer who criticized the department after a handcuffed man fell into water and drowned has been more harshly punished than the officer who failed to secure a life vest on the deceased man.
A 20 year-old guy named Brandon Ellignton was arrested for suspicion of boating while drunk, handcuffed and another officer did a half-assed job of securing a life vest on him. He managed to fall into the water and drown.
That officer was an experience road cop but had been on the water police unit about 2 days.
Of course, the half-assed officer gets a slap on the wrist : the death is ruled ‘accidental".
The good cop….
Veteran state trooper Randy Henry was demoted from sergeant to corporal and transferred from his post of nearly three decades at the Lake of Ozarks, the Springfield News-Leader reports. In March, Henry told public officials during a committee hearing that lack of training, but also recklessness and poor judgment contributed to the death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson last year.
They even went full Soviet Union on him:
Henry’s attorney, Chet Pleban, told the Star the department has been looking to retaliate against the officer for being a whistle blower, sending him for mental health evaluations that turned up “no cause for concern,” then launching a “professional standards” investigation.
So…. cops are A-OK when they are blasting innocent people into the next life, but if one of them says “I think there’s a problem here related to safety” send him to the psych ward for evaluation.
So there’s not just a huge problem with bad cops - the whole cop system is corrupt, compromised, and often criminal.
The entire police system is built on and invested in getting away with lameness, incompetence and outright murder.
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