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Anthony Piercy's Peace Officer's License revoked

Anthony Piercy's Peace Officer’s License has been revoked per the Missouri Department of Public Safety Communications Director (photo submitted by Craig Ellingson, father of Brandon Ellingson).

Anthony Piercy's Peace Officer’s License has been revoked, according to the Missouri Department of Public Safety Communications Director Mike O'Connell. Anthony Piercy was accused in the drowning death of an Iowa man in 2014.

Ellingson was in Trooper Anthony Piercy's patrol boat and was being arrested for boating while intoxicated.

While being transported by Piercy at at least 40 mph, Brandon toppled into the water. He was handcuffed and was wearing an improperly secured life vest. The life vest came off in the water, and Ellingson drowned.

Piercy was convicted of negligent operation of a vessel in September, a charge he pleaded guilty to in order to avoid going to trial for involuntary manslaughter in Ellingson's death.

Following the revocation, in a statement to KRCG, Brandon Ellingson's dad Craig said, "I just want to thank Director Drew Juden for taking the time to read the civil depositions I gave him, to help him make his decision on revoking Piercy's license."

Piercy had been on extended leave without pay following Ellingson's death until December of 2017, when the highway patrol fired him. A Cole County judge in June ruled the highway patrol's superintendent overstepped her boundaries in firing him.



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