Court rejects former patrol sergeant's discrimination case
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a former Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant who alleged he was discriminated against after speaking out about the drowning of a handcuffed Iowa man.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the judge found Wednesday that Randy Henry went too far in talking to reporters and posting information on Facebook about the supposed cover-up of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson's drowning. The suburban Des Moines man tumbled out of a patrol boat in 2014 while former trooper Anthony Piercy was transporting him for a breath test and slipped out of an improperly secured life vest. Piercy pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.
Henry alleged that he was forced to retire early from the patrol after nearly three decades of service because he was a whistleblower.