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Ex-Missouri state trooper in drowning case sues for license

A former Missouri state trooper who was driving a boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell out and drowned is suing to get his peace officers' license back. (KTVO File)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former Missouri state trooper who was driving a boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell out and drowned is suing to get his peace officers' license back.

Anthony Piercy filed a lawsuit this week against the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the agency's director.

The Kansas City Star reports he's asking for a reversal of the decision that revoked his license.

Piercy was sentenced in September for misdemeanor negligent operation of a vehicle after the drowning of Brandon Ellingson, 20, of Clive, Iow. Clive died in 2014 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Piercy lost his patrol job. But earlier this summer, a Cole County judge ruled that the patrol's leader didn't have the authority to fire Piercy.

Piercy cannot return to the patrol without his peace officer license.

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