Clark County, IN — A dramatic high-speed chase involving the Indiana State Police was captured on video Thursday as it came to a violent end in an Indiana corn field. Unlike many high-speed chases in the past caught on video, the camera in the chopper above did not pan away when the violence began.

The chase, which lasted for 45 minutes, began in a different town and involved a suspect who was wanted for stealing purses. Robert Ellis was wanted for thieving purses from women at gas stations while they were inside paying or pumping gas.

“It looks like he’s getting gas and most people are not aware of their surroundings and what he’s actually doing, he’s watching you,” Detective Chris Starks said in a report looking for thier suspect. “As that person is punching in their code, or punching in their payment type on the gas pump, that’s when he strikes.”

His crimes, if he is found guilty, certainly warrant punishment, especially if he caused injury to anyone in the process, but not from cops acting as judge, jury, and executioner.

However, that appears to be what happened.


After leading police through multiple rural areas, Ellis turned off into a cornfield off Highway 60 in Clark County. As Ellis cruises across the field, more than 20 police cruisers are seen in pursuit with at least a dozen breaking off the road to pursue him through the farmland.

Ellis spins out and loses control, sending the backend of his red pickup truck into an irrigation canal. He was effectively stopped at this point.

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After his vehicle was immobilized, police, as they should, got out with guns drawn. However, as we see Ellis put his hands out the window in an obvious attempt to surrender, he is swarmed by cops ready to end this chase with blows from their fists.

More than a dozen officers join in on the attack. Even though officers moved Ellis to the other side of the cruiser in a what looked like an attempt to shield their attack from the news chopper above, from the camera angle, we can still see multiple cops deliver blow after blow. One cop even sprawls out across the hood of the car in an attempt to get in on the action.

After several cops were seen punching him, despite no reports of a weapon, and the fact that we can see him in handcuffs, police continue to punch and shove Ellis.

Again, he may very well deserve this treatment for his actions, but it is not the job of police to punish, especially considering how often they are simply wrong.

As WLKY reports, a spokesman for Indiana State police said it’s difficult to comment on the situation not knowing the exact details on whether or not the suspect was armed with a weapon or resisting arrest.

“I cannot see the suspect that’s on the ground, I do not know what the suspect is doing. I do know we have several officers that are trying to take that person into custody. But, I can tell you this, if there were any improprieties by the Indiana state police trooper our superiors will review that video and that trooper will be held accountable for it. Again, if that happened we will stand responsible for anything that happens that any of our troopers could possibly do, we’ll stand responsible for that,” Indiana State police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said.

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Police found more than a dozen purses in Ellis’ vehicle, which more likely than not means he is guilty. Sadly, however, their handling of Ellis while apprehending him may result in a bad person receiving taxpayer money in the form of a lawsuit against his abusers — the cops.

This case is particularly similar to the famous chase out of Apple Valley, CA that did end with the taxpayers being held liable for almost $1 million.

As TFTP previously reported, three sheriff’s deputies were charged with felony assault after a video captured them beating an unarmed man surrendering to officers. After falling off his stolen horse, Francis Pusok dropped onto his stomach with his arms and legs outstretched. But video caught several police officers surrounding Pusok, striking him in the head and the groin as he surrendered with his hands behind his back.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Damiana

    All of you copsuckers who are about to flood these comments with what a rotten guy he is and how much he DESERVED to be abused, keep this in mind:

    He is probably going to get away with whatever he did, not to mention getting a nice fat payday… and all thanks to these cops who LITERALLY seem to have no more fucking sense and/or foresight than a pack of rabid animals.

    If you want to see his ass get beaten for shits & giggles, root for his CELLMATE to do it… not the cops who can fuck up the prosecution’s ENTIRE case and hand him a “get out of jail free” card.

    • David Daisy May Boldock

      Give me a rabid animal any day lass over these scum. 🙂

      • Damiana

        Hey, this guy thinks you’re my transgender identity! Ain’t that a hoot?

    • Bruce Durgess

      “David Daisy May”; is that your transgender name

  • Damiana

    Should they even be doing high-speed chases over some stolen purses? They already knew who he was and this is the Information Age. People can’t stay hidden for long without WAY more resources than a purse-snatcher would ever have!

    • Dan Quixoté

      Absolutely right. Knowing who he is, he can be taken in peaceably any time – from his workplace, his house, the gym, wherever. Rarely is there ever a need for a high speed chase. I’m helping someone with a grand larceny situation that could be resolved with force, but is instead being worked with sober sanity; we anticipate a tense but safe ending. These cops appear to be INsane. I think I’m a smart guy, but I can’t comprehend the mindset of authoritarian violence. So maybe I’m not that smart after all.

  • Abz B Zbas

    Every single one of them went into a roid-raging blood lust. It’s a pack mentality with them.

    • Dan Quixoté

      Like dogs, but not as smart or ethical.

      (3 dogs in the house, much better trained)

    • Steve Rusk

      Anybody who hunts with dogs has seen this behavior, after the pack has treed it’s quarry or run it to ground, if no on takes charge of the pack and often there is a need to physically restrain the most aggressive animals, if not taken control of, the pack will rip the quarry to pieces. No one took charge of this pack at the scene, their quarry was lucky to survive, often they don’t. This is a well documented behavior with both dogs and cops, why isn’t something done about it?

  • Gordon Klock

    Seems they always gang-beat anyone that makes them give chase, (there have even been several cases, where the ‘perps’ were actually suffering from various medical issues, strokes, diabetic, or epileptic seizures, etc,) it’s one of their favorite excuses to unleash their (possibly steroid-driven), rage….

    • itstherecit

      ,,,there were about 15 cars in that chase….do cops need items to put in their daily reports that much? of course they do because there are way to many of them… cops are blood sucking swarms who live off of the stupidity granted them by the officials who have been voted into long as the majority stays quiet then there will be no change except it will only get worse…one of america’s finest presidents was elected by the “silent majority” he claimed supported him more than the rest, and now we see how great of a choice that was…until somebody gets fucked by the police or cares enough to be concerned about their total corruption there will be no change until the majority of the nation is heard from in the voting booth to rid the country of the black shirts and their nazi puppeteers

  • shumee

    Fuck abusive police. So wrong they beat AFTER obvious surrender. Just shows they are abusive sadists. I’m so sick of low IQ cops acting out of control and causing more problems.

  • Jim Bob

    I truly hope someone kills them all

  • IceTrey

    All of that for purse snatching? Why did any cops drive into the field? They have his plates, they have helicopters and radios. Is a high speed chase the best course of action?

    • Dan Quixoté

      Quite right in your rhetorical.

  • TechGump

    The waste of resources here is astounding. The officers steal and misuse more from taxpayers then this petty thief could ever hope to steal from purses. Far to many cops for a petty thief. Perhaps they ought be trying to solve rapes and murders instead of gang raping.

    • Dan Quixoté

      You’re right and it’s been documented.

    • Damiana

      Bingo! Fifty bucks says they have hundreds of untested rape kits sitting on a shelf because “we don’t have the resources to process them,” but somehow they can come up with a HELICOPTER to chase down a purse snatcher. A single flight costs thousands of dollars… tens of thousands if it goes on for a while!

  • Tmoney

    Like hyenas on a carcass. Some were pushing and shoving for their turn of the loins.

  • Brian King

    the fraternal order of police the biggest street gang in amerikkka

  • Jan Soderstrom

    Read “The Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces” by Radley Balko. Our police are far more violent than LEOs in any other developed country on earth.

  • Madmotorman™ ® The Mad Hatter

    I’m guessing, he slipped in the shower isn’t going to work this time.

  • Ccelso

    This is unstopable, welcome to NAZI National Zionist Of America.

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  • Jim

    I wish they had beaten him dead. Piece of garbage deserves it.

    • Damiana

      So do you, but I’d rather wish you enlightenment than death. ‘Course, it’s probably not your fault that I’m a better person than you!

      • Jim

        I deserve it? I didn’t steal women’s purses. I hope you get cancer.

        • Damiana

          And I hope that you’re not able to post anything on The Free Thought Project for a day or two… now let’s see which one of us is better at hoping!

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            With you lass he has two hope’s..Bob Hope and No Hope 🙂

          • Damiana

            Hey, it’s my favorite prosthetic penis! *grins conspiratorially*

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            You need the real thing lol. Conspiratorially and convivially 🙂

          • Damiana

            *laughs* I have two actually, but only one gets used on a regular basis. It’s not a weird threesome kind of thing – my husband just lets me have a boyfriend, whom you’ve seen around here as Andropov4. In return, he gets to fuck whomever he likes and we just devote our relationship to more… dignified pursuits.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Damn that Atlantic lol

    • Duane Suddeth

      do you consider the courts irrelevant then?

      • Damiana

        You’ll have to wait a bit for your answer… turns out, my hopes are more powerful than his!

  • Lisa Blake

    These cops should be thrown in jail. They are to protect and serve, not to judge and beat people.

    • Damiana

      The narrative is, they’re “protecting and serving” YOU by judging and beating “those people” for not being more like you!

  • Keifus~

    damn offices of the law you guys beat the crap out of him, legal lync mob in full effect, Now the city will pay this fool because of what you all did beating him up, kicking him, bunch of mad men with badges

  • Idothisstreetfam

    Does anyone else notice at the 2:27 mark how the cop puts his middle finger in the suspects face while being escorted to the police cruiser???

  • Fenwick Melville