Federal lawsuit filed against City of East Grand Forks, police officers, Polk County Sheriff, and government attorneys

Journalist sues individuals that violated his rights while clothed in the ‘color of law’

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Timothy Charles Holmseth, journalist/author, has filed a lawsuit in United States District Court against Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman, EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad, EGF Chief of Police Michael Hedlund, EGF EDHA Director James Richter (retired), EGF City Administrator David Murphy, EGF Lt. Rodney Hajicek, EGF Officer Aeisso Schrage, Minnesota Public Defender Michael LaCoursiere, Jeannette Ringuette, and the City of East Grand Forks, which is defined as a ‘person’ under 42 U.S.C. 1983.



The Complaint sets forth rights violations that began in 2009 and never stooped.

This is a civil action under 42 U.S.C. – 1983 and 42 U.S.C. – 1981 seeking money damages against Defendant(s) for committing acts, under color of law, with the intent and for the purpose of depriving Plaintiff of rights secured under the Constitution and laws of the United States Bill of Rights, those being, but not expressly limited to, the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 14th  Amendments, and retaliating against Plaintiff for exercise of constitutionally protected speech; and for refusing or neglecting to prevent such deprivations and denials to Plaintiff.

Evidence, facts, and circumstances show that in 2009, Defendants neglected to alert the FBI regarding a missing child Amber Alert; systematically oppressed a journalist using ‘color of law’; while attempting to run out the statute of limitations on the ‘Boardwalk Enterprises’ loan scam, which a local cabal began operating in the 1990’s.

The lawsuit has been filed to the Federal Courthouse in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.


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