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Police officer charged after drunk man falls over police boat and dies while handcuffed

By Mason White 11:09 AM December 21, 2015
Brandon E. Ellingson 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A family in Missouri, is looking for justice after their son died while in police custody.

Police officer Anthony Piercy, 44, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter after he failed to properly secure a drunk man following his arrest.

Brandon E. Ellingson, who would have turned 22 years old this month, was at the Lake of the Ozarks, when he was arrested on suspicion of driving his boat while drunk.

Officer Piercy arrested Ellingson, and placed him in handcuffs on the police boat, but he failed to secure Ellingson’s life vest.

Ellingson somehow fell overboard while his hands were cuffed behind his back. His life vest was immediately found in the water, but the body was found the next day.

Officer Piercy was initially cleared of any wrongdoing after a jury ruled the death an accident. However, the victim’s family pushed for charges to be filed against the officer.

Prosecutor William Seay was assigned to investigate the drowning. He announced the charges of manslaughter against the officer.

Seay said that he reviewed many boxes of reports and records with regard to Officer Piercy’s investigation, including his training and expertise, and after a thorough investigation, he decided to file charges against him.