Whistleblower's lawyer makes conflict claim in drowning case
KANSAS CITY (AP) - An attorney for a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who criticized the agency after a handcuffed Iowa man fell from a patrol boat and drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks said it is a conflict for state Attorney General Chris Koster to represent police in a lawsuit involving his client.
The Kansas City Star reported Koster is representing several patrol members in a lawsuit related to the drowning of Brandon Ellingson. Because Sgt. Randy Henry is a witness for the plaintiffs, attorney Chet Pleban claimed Koster's office is "representing everybody who is at odds" with Henry. Pleban filed a conflict-of-interest motion in the case.
Koster spokeswoman Nanci Gonder said the attorney general's office doesn't discuss pending litigation.
The patrol has said it intends to demote Henry.