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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is taking a second look at the drowning death of a Clive man.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Ellingson drowned while hand-cuffed and in the custody of Missouri state troopers at the Lake of the Ozarks in May.

The arresting officer admitted he didn’t know how to properly use water safety equipment.

At the request of Iowa senator Charles Grassley, Holder says he will personally review the case for possible criminal or civil rights violations.


  • Justice

    Ok, I’ll admit that this administration is willing to look in to this case. However, I will not be surprised if they don’t do anything about it.

    • John Smith

      Frankly, I’m not certain there is anything the feds CAN do about it, unless there is some federal statute about police being obligated to keep those in their custody safe from harm. And, if that’s the case, I would have thought that the federal prosecutor for that area would have acted already. Just my thoughts, perhaps an actual attorney will weigh in.

      • herb miller

        It is the absolute responsibility of the arresting agency, to protect the well being of the accused from any personal harm. Any harm, wanted or unwanted. Meaning. For those who wanted to commit suicide, while in custody. They must be protected.

      • John Smith

        Well, HERB MILLER, I think the matter in hand here is Federal Law. I would imagine that would be the context for the US AG, anyway. Do you know the pertinent Federal Law?

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