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

        *laughs* No.

      • Andropov

        Is Bruce Durgess your transdouchebag name?

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        Sorry to dispel you’re bizarre thinking mate, but i am ‘normal’ not an abomination of nature. The Daisy bit is a nickname, the May merely a play on words.

        • Robert Hux

          Your genitals DO define your gender douche-tard. And if no one
          saw the accused resisting, then you have selective sight.

          • peter

            So, he deserves to get the shit beat out of him by a dozen cops?

            I’ve seen at least a hundred or more videos that show blatant police abuse, Robert.

            Something is seriously wrong with our police,nationwide.
            If you don’t agree then, you’re obviously biased.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            20/20 Vision mush and 1000% observant. You are a dolt of the highest order!

          • James M. Kirwan

            Do you have trouble remaining focused? There is a medication for that.

    • crazytrain2

      I Agree, but the use of “cop suckers”!is childish

      • Damiana

        What’s YOUR word for people who believe that since cops “risk their lives,” they deserve to get to do anything they want?

        • crazytrain2

          I call them deluded. My point is that “copsuckers” is a stupid copblock term, and is overused and often not applicable. They use that term for anyone that is not anti-cop. I am a cop, and I come down on bad cops pretty damn hard when they clearly fuck up, or even worse, when they are abusive simply because they believe they can. I have a good bit of leeway for cops that make a bad choice, or react out of fear-because I have been in those situations. I know what adrenaline and fear can do to your ability to think and react. I have empathy for an officer that reacts out of fear and shoots someone, but I also don’t want to absolve them of responsibility. I see a world of difference between the Slagers of the law enforcement community and the ones that make a mistake.

  • 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.

    • peter

      I agree 100% Dam.

      I would like to know how many innocent people are hurt/killed as a result of a high speed chase.

      How many times have I seen on “Cops” where the suspect was only wanted for a bad registration or a broken headlight yet, took off and was chased?

      The only time there should be a high speed chase is if the suspect was known to be dangerous.

  • 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?

      • peter

        That’s a great question, Steve. Why the hell isn’t something being done?

        De-escalation training is needed by EVERY police dept. in this country.
        Better screening to weed out the overly aggressive and bigoted.

        IMO, police chiefs need to be held somewhat accountable for the actions of those under his/her charge. I don’t think there are too many chiefs of police that don’t know who the abusers are in the force. Let them take some of the blame for the crimes his/her ‘boys’ commit.

        When cops act like animals, we have a problem.

        • Steve Rusk

          “When cops act like animals, we have a problem.”

          I agree, unfortunately what we saw in the video reflects police behavior nation wide. Then we have a judicial system intent on protecting this behavior rather than curtailing 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

        • peter

          Do all purse snatchers deserve the death penalty, Jim?

    • 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
  • crazytrain2

    There are many disturbing aspects of this video even before the violence at the end. This guy was guilty of several felonies, but the ridiculous number of cops involved in the chase shows that no one took charge of the situation. A supervisor should have called off half of those officers. It is embarrassing to see that many cruisers involved in a chase. I probably would not have called off the pursuit due to the rural location of the chase, but if it was in an urban environment, then I would call off the pursuit. Pursuits are just too dangerous for the public, especially for theft of a bunch of purses. A violent crime warrants a chase, and I absolutely hate to see asshole criminals get away, especially when they are willing to steal, and then flee in a vehicle. He absolutely deserves a nasty beating for his crimes, but wanting to see that, or actually do it, is wrong. The end of this incident is adrenaline and emotions, not the actions of professionals. They were pushing each other to get a piece of this guy, and I will never understand the cops that can’t control their emotions to that extent. The officers I supervise gripe because I call of pursuits all the time, unless they are pursuing violent suspects that present a danger to the community that is greater than the risk of chasing the suspect. Again, pursuits are very dangerous to everyone, and it makes me sick to my stomach to let some shirbird get away, and let’s face it, if you don’t catch them at that time, all evidence and chance for conviction for their crimes drop drastically if they get away. And I understand wanting to beat he shit out of someone that steals and then has no regard for anyone and flee in a vehicle, but the cops have to be cognizant of the dangers to the community. If some innocent person gets killed by this asshole, it destroys a family, and it is over stolen purses!

    Bottom line, yes this guy deserved his beating, but it was unprofessional, and criminal and a violation of his 4th amendment rights, even though his is scum. Just be professional and don’t put the public at risk over property that was left in an unlocked vehicle at has stations.

    • peter

      I think almost all cops need to be trained in De-escalation.
      Better screening to weed out the overly aggressive and bigoted.

      I also think Police Chiefs, to a certain extent, need to be held accountable for the actions of those under his/her charge.

      You’d have a hard time convincing me that police chiefs don’t know who the ‘punchers’ are on his force. How much a chief should be held responsible is debatable.

      From a psychological standpoint, it wouldn’t be out of the question to assume that many of these cops were bullied as kids and, as a result, like to vicariously “exact revenge” upon their childhood tormentors.

      Then again, there’s always the small penis/compensation theory.

      • crazytrain2

        Don’t joke about my penis!

        I agree with most of that. I am a big advocate of de escalation. The screening process is in place, including social media these days. We have refused to hire people based on stupid comments they made on Facebook.

        As for the bullied theory, I disagree, but there are some officers that were definitely bullied, and it is fairly obvious by the way they treat people. There are also some that were the bullies-again, pretty obvious at times. Being 100% honest, I was both. I was bullied in 7th and 8th grade, then started defending myself. Then I hit a brief asshole phase where I bullied a few kids mostly bullying the bullies. I look back on those days with embarrassment and shame.

        Most officers, in my experience, were average in almost every way. Normal guys and girls just doing a job.

    • peter

      You are only the 3rd cop I’ve seen come out and speak the hard truth.
      Why don’t more “good” cops do the same?
      Could it be that there aren’t that many good cops out there?
      It sure seems that way.

      Keep in mind that if a cop stands around while their brother ‘administers justice’ we now have 2 bad cops that should be fired.

      Whoever took part in that beat down needs to be put in jail.
      Unlawfully beating a person is worthy of jail time, don’t you agree, crazy?
      Do you agree that cops that only witness a beat down but don’t participate should lose their job?

      • crazytrain2

        There are more cops that share my view of this job, but mostly, we are less memorable or less vocal than the unprofessional idiots that populate the profession. I know it seems hard to fathom, given this site and other news and social media outlets, but most cops are good and honest professionals that do their job admirably and to the best of their ability. They conduct thousands of traffic stops and make thousands of arrests for every “newsworthy” sensational story. These cops de escalate and disarm people without incident all the time, but those stories do not generate discussions, or drive comment oriented news, or have round table discussions on cnn.

        That is the norm, and that is what I expect from my officers. It is as common as “McDonald’s worker makes burger and gets order correct.”

        As for your query, I think that any officer in that video that delivered a punch or stomp without actually trying to take that subject into custody, should be charged with battery and fired. There is no audio to hear if anyone was trying to call off that beating, but none of the officers appear to be pulling anyone off, though in that feeding frenzy, it would have been difficult.

        As for officers not reigning in a partner, I would have to have more information to make a recommendation. If they stand by while a partner beats the shit out of someone, and lie about what happened, I would like to see them fired, and possibly charged, though I am not sure what that charge would be, to be perfectly honest.

      • James M. Kirwan

        “You are only the 3rd cop I’ve seen come out and speak the hard truth. Why don’t more “good” cops do the same?” What do you think, there is some magical agency that sends this article out to every police officer in America and demands they write their opinion in the comment section? Chill out, for all you know only three cops read this.

  • Jonathan Chambless

    Why is there no link to an official police report proving this guy was only stealing purses? Are suppose to just take the author of this articles word? Would be nice to have some facts or links to back this up so we know its not propaganda

    • James M. Kirwan

      I could go into your city’s police station and say I saw you break into my garage. I SAW YOU, dude! You and I both know that you didn’t actually do it, but would you want my police report made public? I don’t think so. And I think you’d sue me for slander if you were arrested and then released or proven innocent. Don’t forget how American law works: innocent until proven guilty IN A COURT OF LAW BY A JURY OF YOUR PEERS. That’s why this video is controversial.

  • J. Boanerges

    Follow Chris Rock’s advice…

  • Deb

    I’m a firm supporter of law enforcement, but there’s absolutely no excuse for this treatment! Not only are those cops who were beating this guy down responsible, so were the cops I saw walk away and do nothing about pulling the excessive cops off him. They’re just as guilty. Maybe they need to fire the entire department (including those in charge) and hire new guys from outside the area.

  • d marino

    Pigs all of them are pigs. A public will never respect these men that break the law while pretending to be out there upholding the law. It is all pure b.s. Cops are some of the worst criminals in society. Out of control testosterone!

  • Beth Harvey

    why did they need so many cop cars chasing him? I thought that was only in the movies. you probably could have robbed a bank in five counties and there wouldn’t have been anybody except the dispatcher on a tricycle to arrest the guy robbing the bank.

  • James M. Kirwan

    Just imagine they’re after his 20 Piece McNugget meal: one each, guys! And look at that one cop at the right: he looks mighty pissed at that grass tuft but he got a good choke hold on it and it surrendered.