by Timothy Charles Holmseth on January 9, 2017, 10:42 P.M. CST
The Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) is investigating an unattended death that has been described as suspicious.
First responders were dispatched to the 1100 block of North 55th Street on Saturday at approximately 4 p.m. Lt. Brett Johnson, GFPD, identified the deceased female as 24-year-old Kristen Guillemette.
Grand Forks citizens should have ZERO FAITH in this investigation.
On February 27, 2015 the GFPD responded to the unattended death of Caitlin Jenna Erickson.
Write Into Action obtained police files and body-cam from the Erickson case. The reason Write Into Action became interested in the Erickson death was because it happened in the exact same time window as the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott.
THE HOMICIDE OF CAITLIN JENNA ERICKSON
On February 27, 2015, shortly after 10 P.M., GFPD responded to a call for assistance made by a man named Mario Parson.
Parson told police that he was with Caitlin Erickson in the hours before her death. He said she was trying to obtain some money at a pawn shop. He said he left her at her apartment to go take care of some business that involved money. He said Erickson was fine when he left. He said that when he returned Erickson was unconscious – never to be revived.
What Parson told the police was a total lie.
Erickson’s next door neighbor in the apartment complex, Desiree Gomez, told police she heard fighting and arguing next door. She said she heard banging around in the bathroom and the shower turning off and on. She identified the two voices as being male and female – she identified the female voice as Erickson and the male voice as Parson.
Body-cam of GFPD interviewing Gomez reveals the officer was already telling Gomez that everything appeared innocent.
It is impossible the GFPD officer could have been coming to that conclusion when a witness and her husband are standing in front of him telling him they heard fighting and banging around at the time of the death.
This is really sick, folks.
Write Into Action attempted to follow up on Parson’s alibis, but the GFPD did not even use real or entire names of Parson’s alibis in their reports. In one instance the interviewing officer made sure to not reveal an alibi’s name by calling him “the dude”.
This is really, really sick, folks.
It was a cover-up that is linked to pills, medications, and drugs.
Here’s the deal.
The GFPD (and other law enforcement) is in collusion with the Grand Forks Herald to cover up drug trafficking and other crimes.
This is not rocket science.
Erickson’s death involved pills and medication.
“I then looked around the apartment to see what the female might have taken. Cpl. Buzzo found empty pill bottles on the end tables in the living room next to the couch. I again spoke with Parson who said that the female, Caitlin Erickson, said something about taking “Benzos.”
– GFPD Cpl. W. Holtz
“I yelled at Mario from the bedroom to the living room and asked him what kind of medication Caitlin had been taking. He stated she had taken pain medications and heroin in the past. He did not know for sure if she had taken narcotics on this occasion”
– GFPD Officer Wes Vert
“A quick look of the apartment only revealed a small baggie of pills located on the kitchen counter.”
– GFPD Sgt. W. Wyatt
“He stated that he knew the victim had a drinking problem and had done drugs in the past.”
– GFPD Sgt. W. Wyatt
“Parson said that the female had taken some pills.”
– GFPD Cpl W. Holtz
But watch this and you will see how the police and The Herald are preying upon the gullible public to fool people into believing their bull-shit.
By Charly Haley / Forum News Service on Mar 22, 2015 at 1:32 p.m.
Go ahead and read it.
You will not see one reference to narcotics, pills, and/or medication, which is exactly what the police found in Erickson’s apartment.
The police reports clearly showed pills were found, and body-cam shows GFPD officers at the scene, inside Erickosn’s apartment, looking at each other very suspiciously and making cryptic statements that something seemed very wrong.
I have the videos, folks.
The responding officers knew.
It appears somebody higher up directed the cover-up (probably scum-bag corrupt Police Chief Mark Nelson).
The bizarre feature story in the Herald is an utterly obnoxious piece of propaganda that is intended to drive into the readers head that Erickson died of alcoholism.
No need to mention Erickson’s use of drugs, pills, or heroin – right???
Why are law enforcement and their propaganda arm – the Grand Forks Herald – trying so hard to cover up pills being found in Erickson’s apartment?
While the police officer is interviewing Gomez on body-cam, you can actually hear the radio crosstalk of the police pursuit of David James Elliott that was taking place at the exact same time.
Elliott is the unarmed man that was shot three times in the head in the parking lot of Altru hospital in Grand Forks by a UND police officer.
BCI investigation files reveal thousands of medications and pills were found in Elliott’s vehicle after he was shot. During a recorded interview, BCI special agent Michael Ness told David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, the pills were in bags.
Jennifer Elliott told the BCI that her husband was getting all his pills from Altru doctors. She was flabbergasted and posed the rhetorical question ‘who prescribes morphine for headaches?’
Here’s what was going on right around the time-window Caitlin Erickson was dying.
David Elliott called 911 after a GFPD officer attempted to pull him over for running a stop sign.
David Elliott fled and was trying to stay away from the police as he talked to an officer over PSAP. He told police he overdosed and was committing suicide. He was simultaneously arranging to meet a police officer at the Emergency Room of Altru hospital.
Despite claiming he wanted to die, David Elliott was deadly afraid of the police and believed he was going to be harmed.
The 911 call reveals he was deadly afraid of former Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild and thought Wild was among the police following him.
David Elliott contacted Write Into Action and said UND officer Jerad Braaten, that cop that shot him in front of the Emergency Room, actually tried to shoot him minutes before, while he was atop the Columbia Road Bridge, but his gun jammed.
While the body-cam of the event on the Columbia Road Bridge was redacted by the GFPD, Write Into Action used available files to show what occurred.
View the You Tube…
Nobody was ever charged regarding the thousands of pills found in David Elliott’s truck and the case was closed.
No foul play was found in Erickson’s death and it was closed.
But hey – what’s another huamn life – right Mr. Jones?
The David James Elliott pursuit and shooting
- David James Elliott telephoned Grand Forks PSAP (911) almost immediately after GFPD Dan Harvala attempted to pull him over for running a red light. David Elliott had no meaningful criminal history and there is no known reason he would feel compelled to flee at very high speeds. He stayed on 911 with a police officer, GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger, for some two hours until he was shot while holding the phone.
- David Elliott made arrangements to meet GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger at Altru. After arriving in front of the E/R David Elliott is seen pointing in the direction where UND officer Jerad Braaten is approaching him. He fled again on four flat tires and was shot through his back window by Jerad Braaten.
- David Elliott was unarmed.
- David Elliott had thousands of prescription pills in his truck that BCI agent Michael Ness said where in “bags”.
- Jennifer Elliott, David Elliott’s wife, said all the pills her husband possessed were all coming from Altru doctors.
- Grand Forks PSAP deleted the 911 call.
- UND police officer Jerad Braaten was not scheduled to work on the night he interjected himself into a slow speed pursuit and shot David Elliott.
- UND police officer Jerad Braaten, a rookie cop on his first job, was inexplicably training an intern (on a night he was not even supposed to work), Heather Hopkins, on the night of the shooting.
- David Elliott was nearly completely stopped atop the Columbia Road Bridge where he was trying to meet GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger. He continued inching forward as Jerad Braaten was pointing a gun at him.
- The audio portion of UND police officer Jerad Braaten’s body-cam captured him telling Hopkins he hoped to provoke David Elliott into ramming him.
- David James Elliott told Write Into Action (Timothy Charles Holmseth) that Jerad Braaten attempted to shoot him minutes before the actual shooting, while atop the Columbia Road Bridge, but his gun jammed.
- The audio portion of Jerad Braaten’s body-cam reveals a clicking sound on Braaten’s gun that sounds like a misfire atop the Columbia Road Bridge.
- Jerad Braaten’s dash-cam was never found and/or entered into BCI evidence.
- Jerad Braaten’s body-cam was found underneath his squad car where he tried to hide it.
- Jerad Braaten did not put his body-cam on his shirt until a few minutes before he joined the pursuit and shot David Elliott (although he had supposedly been on-duty for hours).
- Jerad Braaten had UNDPD intern Heather Hopkins put the body-cam on his shirt, which was placed on him improperly and captured no visual (except the moment it’s thrown under the car).
- After the shooting, the audio portion of Jerad Braaten’s body-cam reveals he asked Heather Hopkins if she saw David Elliott try to run a police officer over. Hopkins promptly replied yes. Braaten then told her he would need a witness statement confirming it and she said she would give it. However, when Hopkins was interviewed by the BCI she balked, and said she didn’t see what happened.
- GFPD Sgt. Mark Ellingson, the officer that Jerad Braaten said he was worried about, is captured on audio at the scene telling Jerad Braaten he was never in any danger.
- UNDPD chief Eric Plummer reprimanded Jerad Braaten in writing regarding issues with his police-cams.
- GFPD chief Mark Nelson subsequently hired Jerad Braaten onto his Department.
- Videos obtained by Write Into Action have been tampered with by someone using a video editor. For instance – dash-cam from the squad car of GFPD officer Dan Harvala is in clear crisp color on most of the footage. However, the portion that actually shows the shooting in the distance has been converted to black and white which obscures the details.
- Video showing what happened atop the Columbia Road Bridge has been redacted.
- Videos obtained by Write Into Action reveal the time-stamps on the dash-cams do not even remotely match the events taking place on the officer body-cams.
- David Elliot was shot three times in the head and his ear drum was blown out. Two of his fingers were shot off but re-attached.
- After being hired by the GFPD, Jerad Braaten was at the scene of a fireworks accident in Grand Forks where a man’s fingers were blown off. The fingers disappeared. They were found later on a picnic table in East Grand Forks.
The following is my investigative opinion.
- It is my investigative opinion that Jerad Braaten sounds like a psychopath when he is talking to Heather Hopkins.
- It is my opinion Jerad Braaten may have taken the fingers from the fireworks scene and kept them. He may have placed them in the Red River Valley Campground as a trophy of what he did to David Elliott and/or an ominous message to the drug trafficking underworld.
- It is my opinion GFPD chief Mark Nelson has violated his oath, betrayed the public, and is engaging in extensive efforts to cover up events that involve drug trafficking, shootings, and homicide(s).
Severed human fingers found at Minnesota campground are in fact connected to police shooting case
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on November 5, 2016, 11:03 A.M. CST
Is there a psychopath working as a police officer in Grand Forks, North Dakota?
There is news to report in the case of the two severed human fingers found on a picnic table at Red River Valley Campground in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Police records show a Grand Forks police officer could be the person that obtained the two fingers for public placement at the campground.
On May 26, 2016 a family staying at the campground in East Grand Forks contacted the police after finding two human fingers sitting on a picnic table.
The identity of the fingers’ human origin became a mystery that would need to be solved by the Minnesota BCA crime lab using DNA.
In June, 2016, Write Into Action initiated an independent journalistic investigation into the case involving the two fingers at the campground. The investigation would run parallel to Write Into Action’s existing investigation into a police shooting of an unarmed man in Grand Forks where the victim had two fingers blown off.
On August 25, 2016 the East Grand Forks Police Department issued a news release stating the fingers found in the campground matched a 23 year-old male that suffered great bodily injury in a fireworks accident that occurred in Grand Forks, North Dakota on April 30, 2016.
The remaining mystery surrounding the fingers was the question of how the human body parts made their way to the picnic table across the Red River at a campground.
Write Into Action is now reporting the two fingers found at the campground are in fact connected to the police shooting case.
The connection is Grand Forks Police officer Jerad Braaten.
On February 28, 2015, UND police officer Jerad Braaten emptied his clip into David James Elliott in the parking lot of Altru Hospital.
Elliott was holding his cell phone to his ear at the time of the shooting because he was talking to an officer over 911. Elliott knew he was going to be shot and arranged via 911 to personally meet GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger in front of the Altru Emergency Room. Before Bullinger could reach the scene, Braaten approached Elliott with his gun drawn, forcing Elliott to attempt to flee on four flat tires. Two of Elliott’s fingers were blown off because Braaten unloaded into Elliott’s head.
Write Into Action obtained Braaten’s body-cam from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Although it captured no useful video because Braaten deliberately situated it wrong on his shirt, the audio captured Braaten and a female UND police intern cynically plotting against Elliott.
Braaten was reprimanded in writing by UND Police Chief Eric Plummer for actions he took regarding his police cams (his dash cam disappeared and his body-cam was found hidden underneath his squad car).
Within a year, Braaten was inexplicably hired onto the Grand Forks Police Department by Chief Mark Nelson.
In June, 2016, during Write Into Action’s investigation into the police shooting, Nelson issued a ‘Special Order’ that changed the GFPD’s retention dates for police-cam evidence of the shooting so it could all be destroyed.
Write Into Action is now reporting Jerad Braaten was at the scene of the April 30, 2016 fireworks accident.
Police records show Braaten filed a police report at the scene.
Braaten had access to the fingers that disappeared until they surfaced on May 26, 2016 in a campground.
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 22, 2016, 8:34 P.M. CST
Prima Facie evidence of illegal tampering with a public record by law enforcement to hide the truth about a police shooting of an unarmed man in North Dakota is in front of a federal judge in North Dakota.
Timothy Charles Holmseth, an investigative journalist and author from East Grand Forks, Minnesota has been authorized by the federal court to proceed Pro Se in Holmseth v. City of Grand Forks et al – Case Number 3:16-cv-303 – United States District Court – District of North Dakota.
Holmseth filed the lawsuit after Mark Nelson, chief of police, Grand Forks Police Department, issued a ‘Special Order’ to destroy all the officer cam files of a police shooting – Nelson issued the Order changing the retention dates of police video, right in the middle of an independent investigation being conducted by Holmseth.
Holmseth alleges Nelson is involved in a multi-agency conspiracy to conceal the true facts and circumstances of a police shooting that occurred in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 2015. The Complaint further alleges Holmseth’s First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution are being violated.
Included in the filing to the Court is a video Holmseth produced and published on You Tube.
All the facts support Holmseth’s assertions.
In a joint press release by GFPD police chief Mark Nelson, UND police chief Eric Plummer, and Grand Fork County Sheriff Bob Rost in 2015, law enforcement announced a police officer was involved in a shooting at approximately 12:45 A.M. on February 28, 2015.
|“On Saturday, February 28, 2015, at approximately 12:45 A.M., an officer from the University of North Dakota police department was involved in a shooting in the parking lot of Altru Hospital.”|
|-UND Police Chief Eric Plummer|
Timothy Holmseth acquired enough officer body and dash cam video to prove the police altered public records in effort to fool the public about what happened, which Holmseth believes accumulates to attempted murder of an unarmed man that was being stalked by a police officer.
Holmseth was able to demonstrate the deception by comparing the time-stamps of the body-cams to the time-stamps on the dash-cams because they don’t match.
Moreover, Holmseth received body-cam from multiple officers, and the time-stamps on the body-cams are all off – thus proving it was deliberate and not just the time on one body-cam accidently being set wrong.\
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 5, 2016, 12:21 P.M. CST
Write Into Action is going to show you how a single police body-cam file obtained through a public records request proves Chief Mark Nelson and the Grand Forks Police Department altered the file to cover-up the shooting of an unarmed man in Grand Forks.
Chief Nelson and the gang need to admit what they did because it is a felony in the state of North Dakota for a public official to alter a public record.
The BODY-CAM file begins at 12:27 A.M. CST (06:27 GMT), February 28, 2015, and shows David James Elliott atop the Columbia Road Bridge in his pick-up truck talking to police officers through the window.
The video then goes black.
At 12:33 in the BODY-CAM video you can hear the dispatcher on the radio say “627 is on his way”. That same phrase (627 is on the way) by the dispatcher is also captured on DASH-CAM video – but is heard at 12:46 A.M.
The phrase by the dispatcher (627 is on the way) is critical because it establishes a timeline contained in the one single BODY-CAM file and locks the GFPD Keeper of Records into a time-window and timeline of events all contained in the one BODY-CAM file; thus eliminating the ability of the GFPD Keeper of Records to claim the time-stamp on the BODY-CAM was simply set wrong or incorrect.
At 12:35 A.M. on the BODY-CAM, shots can be heard ringing out and an officer says “shots fired – shots fired”.
At 12:47 on the DASH-CAM you can hear gunshots and an officer say “shot’s fired – shit’s fired”.
The BODY-CAM and DASH-CAM do not match.
If one accepts the BODY-CAM video as legitimate, it means David James Elliott was shot eight minutes after he is physically seen in his pick up at 12:27 A.M. on the bridge talking to the officers.
Oh-oh – we have a HUGE problem folks…
In officer DASH-CAM that begins at 12:32 A.M. police cars are seen pursuing David Elliott eastbound on Gateway Drive. The pursuit then turns south onto Columbia Road and heads toward the University of North Dakota campus when an officer is heard saying “were southbound just passing University Avenue”.
University Avenue must be crossed before even arriving at the Columbia Road Bridge.
How does officer body-cam show David Elliott sitting atop the Columbia Road Bridge at 12:27 A.M. when they have not even arrived at the bridge as of 12:35 A.M.?
Moreover, how can we hear “shots fired – shot’s fired” at 12:35 A.M. on BODY-CAM, if we’re watching the police on DASH-CAM pursuing David Elliott at 12:35 A.M.
I’ll show you…
How can David Elliott be on top of the Columbia Road Bridge at 12:27 A.M. if the pursuit has not even reached that location yet?
I’ll show you what I mean.
See the next photo – they are only beginning to head in that general direction and it’s already 12:32 A.M.
In the next photo the pursuit is on Columbia Road heading south – they still have not reached the bridge and its 12:35 A.M.
Let’s look one more time where the BODY-CAM places David Elliott at 12:27 A.M.
Ordered police ‘hits’ and multi-agency cover-ups make Grand Forks and East Grand Forks a very unsafe and creepy place to be.
The public is invited to contact Matt Henson and Stacie Van Dyke at WDAZ-TV and asked them why WDAZ purposely tricked viewers into believing something that wasn’t true.
Matt Henson – Anchor/Reporter/Producer – 701.775.2511 email Matt Henson at email@example.com
Stacie Van Dyke – Anchor/Producer – 701.775.2511 email Stacie Van Dyke at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can check out the little stunt they pulled at North Dakota TV station WDAZ caught participating in on-air hoax of police shooting
Grand Forks Herald ‘cover story’ the ‘cover story’?
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on July 4, 2016, 9:52 P.M. CST
Is Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson covering up an attempted premeditated murder?
Evidence is piling up against him.
Here’s what’s going on.
The GFPD and University of North Dakota have been colluding to cover up the truth about a police shooting that happened in Grand Forks on February 28, 2015 when UND police officer Jerad Braaten shot David James Elliott multiple times in the head in the parking lot of Altru hospital.
Braaten told the ND BCI he fired on Elliott because he believed GFPD Sgt. Mark Ellingson had been struck or was being dragged by Elliott’s pick-up truck. .
That whole cock-a-meenie story is falling apart.
Emerging evidence from sources, including a person claiming to David Elliott himself, say Braaten attempted to shoot Elliott minutes before while they were atop the Columbia Road bridge. Sources tell Write Into Action that body-cam and dash-cam video shows Elliott had stopped his vehicle and put both his hands out the window – but Braaten tried to shoot him anyway – but his gun jammed.
According to a person identifying himself as David Elliott, Braaten attempted to lie about the incident atop the bridge until a cartridge was found from that location that had his fingerprints on it.
If that’s true – the shooting in the parking lot was an attempted murder because Braaten was trying to kill Elliott (possibly connected to the thousands of pills found in Elliott’s vehicle).
Cam footage cam from atop the Columbia bridge was blacked out by the GFPD and replaced with the word ‘REDACTED’. One officers body cam appears to be covered by his coat during critical times. Another officers dash-cam, which captures the shooting in the distance, was changed from color to black and white to obfuscate the details. See screenshots I prepared at — Did somebody alter police cam video from shooting of unarmed man in Grand Forks, North Dakota?
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on May 14, 2016, 9:16 A.M. CST
Braaten’s video simply disappeared.
The reason Chief Nelson suddenly felt compelled to discuss ‘body cams’ with the local media is not because he wanted or desired to do that. He had to do it so he could casually mention that body cams sometimes break.
Why would Nelson be talking about body cams breaking?
Here’s why …
View the following You Tube clip to see Nelson attempt to be nonchalant about body cams breaking sometimes.
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Altru Health Systems, UND, law enforcement, Court officers advised of coming storm
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on July 3, 2016, 10:38 P.M. CST