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BCI interview with police shooting witness reveals official version is impossible

North Dakota prosecutor never interviewed the only eyewitness in Attempted Murder case against Native American man

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on November 30, 2016, 9:11 A.M. CST

Pembina County States Attorney Ryan Bialis allegedly neglected to interview a motorist that rolled up on the scene of a police shooting.

However…

SA Bialis prosecuted Clifford Edward Monteith III, 26, Grand Forks, for Attempted Murder of a police officer that resulted in Monteith’s bail being set at $1 Million.

Withholding exculpatory evidence and deliberately not interviewing the only witness in an Attempted Murder case could be Prosecutorial Misconduct.

Write Into Action has received multiple requests by citizens to conduct a journalistic investigation into this matter.

Residents of the very rural area in North Dakota that sits on the United States border with Canada, say they live in fear because of drug trafficking and the police.

On June 5, 2016 Pembina County Deputy Brad Bowman shot Clifford Edward Monteith III on a rural highway near Neche, North Dakota.

Bowman allegedly approached Monteith and his girlfriend Rebecca Rausch, after he observed they were driving slow. Both Monteith and Rausch told Bowman they were looking for “the Neche house”.

The event was widely reported and picked up by the AP.

“During the assault Bowman shot Monteith three times from point blank range before Monteith was able to escape and be admitted to Altru hospital in Grand Forks,” Valley New Live reported.

The Grand Forks Herald reported, “Bowman used his Taser, but Monteith fought off the device, allegedly chasing the deputy back to his car. Monteith then tried to grab Bowman’s gun from his hand while the officer was in his vehicle, according to court documents”.

“The attack ended when Bowman shot Monteith three times, according to a news release. Monteith then kicked the door shut, leaving a dent in the side of the deputy’s vehicle, and fled the scene in a 2007 Pontiac Torrent before being arrested, according to court documents,” the Herald said.

But there’s a huge problem with the official story.

WDAZ-TV interviewed eyewitness Sara Ramos Letexier, a local resident who was on her way home from work and pulled up onto scene and spoke with Bowman.

“It happened in view of my house, so the news asked me questions,” Letexier told Write Into Action.

Letexier told WDAZ she saw a man lying crumpled up on the road. She said Bowman looked very shook up and told her she would need to go a different way because he had been attacked. She later heard a gun shot.

Write Into Action obtained the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) interviews conducted with Letexier and Bowman.

Letexier told the same story to BCI agents that she did to WDAZ.

During his BCI interview, Bowman never mentioned his encounter with a motorist. However, according to Letexier, Bowman approached her about it. “He approached me after he returned and thanked me for saying nice things about him,” Letexier said.

This creates a serious problem.

Because…

According to the official version of the event, the shooting victim, Monteith, was long gone at the point Letexier pulled up in her car.

But Letexier saw the man lying in the road.

BCI records state Bowman radioed “shots fired” at 12:23 A.M. He radioed that the SUV was southbound on Highway 18 at 12:24 A.M.

That’s one minute.

If Letexier saw a man lying on the road and saw the vehicle he was traveling in parked at the scene – Bowman’s account of the event is a complete lie.

Recall the Herald’s report regarding how the attack ended.

“The attack ended when Bowman shot Monteith three times, according to a news release. Monteith then kicked the door shut, leaving a dent in the side of the deputy’s vehicle, and fled the scene in a 2007 Pontiac Torrent before being arrested, according to court documents,” the Herald said.

So who did Lextexier see lying on the road and why did she hear gunshots after she got home?

“Without ever speaking to me [Bialis] said that I was lying to my family and anyone else who would listen,” Letexier told Write Into Action.

This is only the latest police cover up in a State that appears to be saturated with corrupt and compromised law enforcement officers and public officials.

Facts and circumstances surrounding the Bowman/Monteith shooting indicate Monteith, who had an extensive criminal history, usually managed to stay free of incarceration, but may have been kept on a leash by gangland international drug operatives in law enforcement.

Interestingly – in October, 2016 law enforcement claim they stumbled upon drugs during a “routine” theft investigation.

Neche, N.D. — A routine theft investigation turned into one of the biggest drug busts in Pembina County.

Now police are also investigating a local business to see if it was used to channel those drugs.

It started with a search warrant for stolen, high-priced car parts at 52-year-old Renaud Winkler’s property off Highway 18 in Neche, N.D.

 Grand Forks Herald / October 8, 2016

Was the Winkler property actually “the Neche house” Monteith and Rausch were looking for when Bowman took an interest in them?

SA Bialis’ office contacted Write Into Action shortly before publication with questions regarding this article and wanted to know how Write Into Action came into communication with Letexier.

For more details on this read Pembina County police shooting cover up – – – BCI records show official version clashes with eyewitness account

Write Into Action will publish any responsive statement received by SA Bialis.

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Whose fingers were really found at the campground in East Grand Forks?

EGFPD has documented history of lying about Minnesota BCA crime lab  

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on October 31, 2016, 11:36 A.M. CST

The East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD) has yet to provide the public any evidence the human fingers found sitting on a picnic table at the local campground have actually been matched to anybody using DNA.

And…

The EGFPD has a documented history of blatantly lying about the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) crime lab.

On October 24, 2016 the EGFPD acknowledged a formal request by Write Into Action for public records regarding the case.

“I am requesting all public records regarding the case of the two human fingers found on a picnic table at the campground. This includes all information received by the Minnesota BCA that is in the EGFPD files. This includes the information received from the BCA regarding DNA testing on the fingers” the request said.

“Your request has been received and is currently being reviewed by the city attorney to determine if this information can be released.  We will respond to your request asap.  Thank you for your patience,” said Michael Hedlund, chief of police, EGFPD.

EGFPD Police Chief Mike Hedlund

EGFPD Police Chief Mike Hedlund

Ronald Galstad is the EGF city attorney that is reviewing the request.

Questions are now swirling over why Hedlund’s department is reluctant to turn over the records, which he based a national press release upon.

On August 25, 2016, Forum News Service reported in the Grand Forks Herald and Twin Cities Pioneer Press that EGFPD Lt. Rodney Hajicek and Det. Tony Hart determined the case had been “solved” using “DNA”. The police assert the fingers belong to a man that had a fireworks accident.

The fingers had been sent to the Minnesota BCA lab for testing.

“Today East Grand Forks police received confirmation that those fingers did belong to a gentleman who severely injured his hand in a fireworks accident,” WDAZ TV reported.

However – the Hedlund won’t show the records that constitute the supposed “confirmation”.

And – a careful reading of the press release by the police contains no statement declaring an actual DNA match ever occurred.

LT. RODNEY HAJICEK AND CITY ATTORNEY RONALD GALSTAD – DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF LYING ABOUT BCA

Lt. Rodney Hajicek and EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad have a documented history of conspiring to lie about their association with the BCA.

In 2012, Galstad, Hajicek, and EGFPD officer Aeisso Schrage (Narcotics Task Force Commander), conspired to use the Minnesota Pine to Prairie Gang and Drug Force to raid Timothy Charles Holmseth’s (Write Into Action) home-office and seize his computer and files.

The police and city attorney created a full spectrum appearance that the BCA was involved.

Galstad told State District Judge Tamara Yon in open court the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) was involved and that he was in communication with the agency.

“I’ve just been notified that the BCA, before they’ll do a forensic search of that computer, wants either an order of this Court or a search warrant that says that they can – –  we got the original search warrant, but for whatever reason the BCA wants something that says that they can actually search that hard-drive. So I am going to be either, one, asking – – or requesting an additional warrant for forensic search of that computer hard-drive or the Court can make that Order as they see fit, but I am going to be doing that,” Galstad told Judge Yon.

Galstad was referring to the BCA because Schrage and Hajicek placed BCA evidence stickers on Holmseth’s seized property.

Holmseth contacted the BCA and learned the state agency knew nothing about the case whatsoever.

 “The BCA had no role in the investigation you describe and did not attach any tags to evidence in that case,” said Jill Oliveira, public information officer, Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

“We were not requested to conduct a forensic examination on your computer”, said Drew Evans, assistant superintendent, BCA.

Holmseth had committed no crime and no charges were ever filed. Hedlund’s department kept no Chain of Evidence logs for the property and when it was returned by order of the court the hard-drive had been destroyed.

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DRUG TRAFFICKING

Write Into Action is investigating whether or not there is any connection between the ‘two fingers’ found at the campground and the ‘two fingers’ shot off the hand of David James Elliott by a police officer in the February, 2015 shooting.

Although Altru hospital doctors reportedly re-attached Elliott’s fingers after he was shot by a UND police officer that was out of his jurisdiction; the gruesome specter of the severed fingers could possibly be a message sent out by the criminal underworld. 

There exists staggering amounts of evidence that shows UND police officer Jerad Braaten was acting as a ‘hit-man’ when he interjected himself into the slow speed pursuit of Elliott.

Police cam evidence and recordings reveal Elliott was not fleeing the police; rather, he was trying to stay away from specific officers that were trying to kill him.

Following the Elliott shooting, Braaten was reprimanded by UND police chief Eric Plummer for actions he took regarding his cam evidence (some vanished – some was found hidden underneath his UND squad car). However – Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson hired Braaten onto his Department only a few months later.

The GFPD has chimed in on the fingers case to support the perception of a fireworks accident.

“The lesson from the incident is that fireworks are dangerous and should be handled properly and with care”, Grand Forks police Lt. Derik Zimmel told the media.

Prove it up boys.

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Severed fingers mystery: East Grand Forks Police Department defers DNA records request to City Attorney

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on October 24, 2016, 4:31 P.M. CST

After declaring the ‘mystery of the severed fingers on the picnic table’ “solved” by “DNA” via statewide publication – the East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD) has deferred to the city attorney regarding a records request from a journalist.

Police records that include conclusions of DNA tests performed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) on two human fingers found on a picnic table at Red River Valley campground in May, 2016 cannot be immediately released by the EGFPD.

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Michael Hedlund, chief of police, EGFPD, has deferred Write Into Action’s records request to the EGF City Attorney.

Michael Hedlund

Michael Hedlund

“Your request has been received and is currently being reviewed by the city attorney to determine if this information can be released.  We will respond to your request asap.  Thank you for your patience,” said Chief Hedlund, today.

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Write Into Action is seeking to review the records the EGFPD obtained from the BCA to close the case.

On August 26, 2016 Bruce Gordon, director of communications, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, directed Write Into Action to the EGFPD for the records. “You will need to request that from the lead agency since it is their investigation,” Gordon said.

It is not readily known why the information suddenly became sensitive in October, 2016. EGFPD officials had already issued a major press release regarding the case being “solved”.

On August 25, 2016, Forum News Service reported in the Grand Forks Herald and Twin Cities Pioneer Press that EGFPD Lt. Rodney Hajicek and Det. Tony Hart determined the case had been “solved” using “DNA”.

“Today East Grand Forks police received confirmation that those fingers did belong to a gentleman who severely injured his hand in a fireworks accident,” WDAZ TV reported.

However…

Before the case was solved…

On August 7, 2016 Write Into Action published an article that showed there may be a connection between the two fingers found on the picnic table, and the two fingers blown off David James Elliott when he was shot by a University of North Dakota police officer in February, 2015.

EXCLUSIVE: Grand Forks police shooting victim breaks his silence – UND officer was hunting him – – – Two human fingers found in East Grand Forks campground ominously placed there as a reminder of the Elliott shooting? by Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 7, 2016, 4:09 P.M. CST

‘Elliott said the doctor at Altru re-attached his two fingers. However, the fact that two of Elliott’s fingers were shot off has created questions and public concerns about two human fingers found on a picnic table in the campground in East Grand Forks.’
– Write Into Action / August 7, 2015

The public did not know about Elliott’s fingers being shot off until the exclusive report was published by Write Into Action.

Write Into Action learned through an independent journalistic investigation into the Elliott shooting that UND Police Officer Jerad Braaten tried to shoot Elliott minutes before the actual shooting but his gun jammed; Braaten then hid his body cam under his squad car; “thousands” of pills were seized from Elliott’s vehicle by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation; police body cam video of the shooting was altered; Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson issued a Special Order to destroy the police cam evidence once Write Into Action began investigating; Nelson hired Braaten onto the GFPD after the shooting; narcotics were being trafficked through the University of North Dakota’s athletic department; Narcotics Task Force agent(s) were involved in pursuing Elliott; Caitlin Jenna Erickson, 28, Grand Forks, was being murdered in her apartment in the same time window law enforcement was moving in on Elliott (Erickson’s murder has been covered up).

The drug trafficking connection to the Elliott shooting creates the reasonable possibility the fingers found on the picnic table were placed there as a message.

However – EGFPD and Forum Communications have publically stated there is no possibility of violence or foul play.

Police solve mystery of two severed fingers found in Red River park

By FORUM NEWS SERVICE
PUBLISHED: August 25, 2016 at 5:50 pm | UPDATED: August 25, 2016 at 6:29 pm

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — The mystery that surrounded the discovery of two severed fingers in an East Grand Forks park appears to have been solved.

Police have DNA results linking a 24-year-old local man to the fingers, which were found in May on a picnic table at a Red River State Recreation Area campsite, according to a news release.

The digits came from a Grand Forks, N.D., man who was involved in a fireworks accident in downtown Grand Forks about a month earlier, East Grand Forks police Lt. Rodney Hajicek said in the release Thursday.

“We’re satisfied with the conclusion of it,” East Grand Forks police detective Tony Hart said. “It wasn’t … the result of an act of violence.”

TOO MANY QUESTIONS

Write Into Action cannot close its journalistic investigation into the mystery behind the severed fingers because the EGFPD and media did not use any language to confirm an actual DNA match. Write Into Action recognizes that DNA test results either confirm a match or they don’t. DNA test results never merely “point” to anything such as was reported by the Grand Forks Herald.

VERY QUESTIONABLE NEWS REPORTING – DECEPTIVE DOUBLE SPEAK

News reports regarding the severed fingers case is irresponsible at best. For instance – in the Forums News Service story (seen above) the headline flatly states that “police” ‘solved’ the mystery. However – in the first line of the article it says the mystery “appears” to have been solved.

Deceptive double speak is never an accident.

An article by the Grand Forks Herald has a headline that reads: “DNA results point to owner of severed fingers found in East Grand Forks”. The first line reads, “The mystery of the severed fingers in the East Grand Forks park seems to have been solved.”

Forum Communications is the parent company of both the Herald and WDAZ-TV. Yet, WDAZ reported “Today East Grand Forks police received confirmation that those fingers did belong to a gentleman who severely injured his hand in a fireworks accident.”

The same media company is telling the public two different things – sometimes in the very same article.

Write Into Action seeks to close the investigation or determine if the fingers match a missing person.

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Message to Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson from Timothy Charles Holmseth:

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: Say Uncle

Chief Nelson: Say Uncle

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.

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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”.

However…

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.

Now…

Watch this…

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.

But…

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.

So…

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.

Here…

I’ll show you…

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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.

Dash Cam 12 32 east on Gateway Winnipeg sign

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.

Dash Cam 12 35 approach UND

Let’s look one more time where the BODY-CAM places David Elliott at 12:27 A.M.

Body Cam Columbia Bridge 12 27

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 mhenson@wdaz.com

Stacie Van Dyke – Anchor/Producer – 701.775.2511 email Stacie Van Dyke at svandyke@wdaz.com

You can check out the little stunt they pulled at North Dakota TV station WDAZ caught participating in on-air hoax of police shooting

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North Dakota TV station WDAZ caught participating in on-air hoax of police shooting

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 2, 2016, 12:24 P.M. CST

Producers of a North Dakota television station have been caught tricking the American public about a police shooting by showing time-stamps of dash-cam video; but hiding the times on the body-cams.

The reason for the deception is because the Grand Forks Police Department, University of North Dakota Police Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol, and Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office is covering up what appears to be an attempted murder connected to drug running and the Fraternal Order of Police.

WDAZ HOAX

On February 8, 2015, WDAZ, Forum Communications, aired a news story about a police shooting of an unarmed man that happened on February 28, 2015 in the parking lot of a Grand Forks hospital. The WDAZ story featured police body and dash-cam video that was captured during the bizarre two hour long slow speed pursuit of David James Elliott.

The times of events surrounding the pursuit and shooting of Elliott are easy to establish, because Elliott initiated a 911 call very shortly after a police officer tried to pull him over; and he remained on the phone with 911 for 107 minutes until the moment he was shot.

Elliott’s immediate flight from police, as well as other actions, create a strong appearance he personally knew some of the police officers chasing him and was afraid to pull over because he knew he was going to be killed.

Write Into Action has discovered WDAZ-TV used very specific techniques to obfuscate the time stamps on body-cam worn by an officer at the scene of the shooting as the shots were being fired.

WDAZ covered it up because the body-cam times did not correspond to other dash-cam time-stamps that were being used in the same news story.

The news station deliberately perpetuated a fraud upon trusting viewers.

SYNOPSIS OF THE WDAZ-TV POLICE SHOOTING COVER-UP

On February 28, 2015, UND police officer Jerad Braaten emptied his clip into David James Elliott, Grand Forks, in the parking lot of Altru Hospital at 12:47 A.M.

Police refused to talk to the media for three days following the shooting; would not give the public any details and withheld the name of the victim; it was clear something was not right.

Write Into Action made public records requests to obtain police body and dash-cam videos captured before and after the shooting.

Police body-cam shows David Elliott being shot at 12:36 A.M. (note: time stamp is in Greenwich Mean Time) as shown in the snap-shot below taken at the time shots are heard being fired (note: the blue glob you see on the right side of the image is David Elliott’s tail light).

Body Cam of David James Elliott shooting happening at 12:36 A.M.

Body Cam of David James Elliott shooting happening at 12:36 A.M.

However, dash-cam (shown below) shows David Elliott sitting atop the Columbia Road Bridge in his truck at 12:36 A.M. where he actually remained for several more minutes.

Police dash-cam video showing David James Elliott atop the Columbia Road Bridge at 12:36 A.M.

Police dash-cam video showing David James Elliott atop the Columbia Road Bridge at 12:36 A.M.

Obviously, David Elliott was not in his truck on the bridge and being shot in a distant parking lot at the same time.

Below is another dash-cam snap-shot taken at 12:39 A.M. where David Elliott can be seen talking to officers out the window of his pick-up truck atop the Columbia Road Bridge.

Dash Cam 12 39 on Bridge

However, according to the body-cam worn by Sgt. Mark Ellingson, GFPD, the shooting is already over (see below) (see You Tube below for actual sound and video).

Body cam of GFPD Sgt. Mark Ellingson at 12:39 A.M.

Body cam of GFPD Sgt. Mark Ellingson at 12:39 A.M.

UND police chief Eric Plummer stated in a televised joint press release that Elliott was shot at around 12:45 A.M.

That time (12:45 A.M.) is essentially the correct time. Police cam obtained by Write into Action captures the sound of gunshots at 12:47 A.M. when an officer is heard saying “shots fired – shots fired”.

Write Into Action began investigating the shooting in 2015 and began requesting police-cam footage from the Grand Forks Police Department after the case was concluded.

That’s when WDAZ suddenly decided to run a story featuring police-cam video.

On February 8, 2016 WDAZ-TV aired a story about the police shooting where they strategically cover up the time-stamps of the body-cam.

During the introduction to the story, which is entirely critical of David Elliott, body-cam captured at the time of the actual shooting is featured behind the presenters Matt Henson and Stacie Van Dyke.

Van Dyke’s shoulder covers the time-stamp the whole time and it is never seen.

WDAZ cover time stamp

Shortly into the introduction, the video in the background changes from body-cam to dash-cam – the dash-cam shows the time of the shooting is 12:47 A.M. (see below).

It is clear WDAZ is allowing the viewers to see the time-stamps on the dash-cam.

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In the video below, WDAZ again hides the time of the time-stamp on the body-cam by covering it with their logo.

WDAZ shooting time stamp covered

PUBLISHED JULY 30, 2016 by WRITE INTO ACTION

Police-cam evidence captured at a police shooting in Grand Forks, North Dakota will not be turned over to Write Into Action by the Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) without an Order from the federal court.

In a letter dated July 28, 2016, Grand Forks City Attorney Howard Swanson notified Write Into Action (Timothy Charles Holmseth) that existing requests for police-cam public records are now classified as Discovery, and will only be turned over in accordance with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Swanson cites Holmseth v. City of Grand Forks et al. (16-cv-02496-JRT-LIB) (District of Minnesota) as the basis for the City’s decision.

Grand Forks City Attorney Howard Swanson

Timothy Holmseth first initiated civil litigation in United States District Court on July 13, 2016 to request an Emergency Injunction that would forbid the planned destruction of police-cam video that capture the police shooting of an unarmed man on February 28, 2015 in the parking lot of Altru Hospital.

Swanson contacted Holmseth after a formal complaint filed by Holmseth against the GFPD Keeper of Records on July 25, 2016, was referred to his office.

Holmseth asserts the GFPD violated state and federal laws when they responded to multiple public records requests for police-cam evidence by providing video that has been carefully altered using a video editor. The alterations were performed to change critical times and conceal specific video pertaining to the events that led up to the shooting of David James Elliott.

North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) inventory records show that after the shooting of Elliott, investigators located the body-cam of University of North Dakota police officer Jerad Braaten underneath his UND squad car.

Braaten, the officer that shot Elliott, who was not even scheduled to work on the night in question, further claimed he was not able to produce his car’s dash-cam because, he said, he forgot to put the memory card in the camera.

On June 26, 2016, GFPD Police Chief Mark Nelson issued a “Special Order” that changed the Department’s policy on retention dates for police-cam video evidence.

Holmseth asserts Nelson’s action is part of a criminal conspiracy by a group of public officials to destroy records that will reveal the truth about the Elliott shooting and other crimes in the area – including the mysterious death of Caitlin Jenna Erickson, which occurred the same night.

On June 16, 2016, a person that identified them self as David James Elliott contacted Holmseth and said Braaten attempted to shoot Elliott while atop the Columbia Road Bridge in Grand Forks, several minutes before the actual shooting, but his gun jammed.

The first attempted shooting of Elliott may be what the GFPD is attempting to cover-up in the videos, because it reveals Braaten’s actions were not spontaneous, and he, along with other officers, were stalking Elliott to kill him.

BCI investigation records appear to support the fact something happened atop the Columbia Road Bridge with Braaten’s firearm, because investigators located an un-spent cartridge from his gun that linked to that location.

(Elliott) told Holmseth that Braaten lied to investigators about the cartridge, and only admitted that he had performed a function with his gun on the bridge after he was told the cartridge was found with his “fingerprints” on it.

Holmseth has obtained enough police cam video from the event to demonstrate the video has been altered – and segments of body-cam video that would have shown what occurred on the Columbia Road Bridge have been replaced with other video.

Following the 2015 shooting, UND Police Chief Eric Plummer issued a written reprimand to Braaten for his conduct regarding his police cams.

But life only got better for Braaten who was supplied a lawyer by the Fraternal Order of Police.

Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones said in a letter to Plummer that he viewed all the documents and videos surrounding the pursuit and shooting, and determined Braaten acted reasonably when he shot Elliott.

Braaten was subsequently hired by the GFPD to the exception of other candidates.

Some of the altered body-cam was turned over to WDAZ-TV by the GFPD; the regional North Dakota news station presented an entirely misleading story that made no mention of the fact the time of the shooting in the body-cam videos did not correspond with the dash-cams.

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Grand Forks Police Department lawyers up as police shooting video scandal moves to federal court

City Attorney: Police cam video now ‘Discovery’

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on July 30, 2016, 9:01 P.M. CST

Police-cam evidence captured at a police shooting in Grand Forks, North Dakota will not be turned over to Write Into Action by the Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) without an Order from the federal court.

In a letter dated July 28, 2016, Grand Forks City Attorney Howard Swanson notified Write Into Action (Timothy Charles Holmseth) that existing requests for police-cam public records are now classified as Discovery, and will only be turned over in accordance with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Swanson cites Holmseth v. City of Grand Forks et al. (16-cv-02496-JRT-LIB) (District of Minnesota) as the basis for the City’s decision.

Grand Forks City Attorney Howard Swanson

Timothy Holmseth first initiated civil litigation in United States District Court on July 13, 2016 to request an Emergency Injunction that would forbid the planned destruction of police-cam video that capture the police shooting of an unarmed man on February 28, 2015 in the parking lot of Altru Hospital.

Swanson contacted Holmseth after a formal complaint filed by Holmseth against the GFPD Keeper of Records on July 25, 2016, was referred to his office.

Holmseth asserts the GFPD violated state and federal laws when they responded to multiple public records requests for police-cam evidence by providing video that has been carefully altered using a video editor. The alterations were performed to change critical times and conceal specific video pertaining to the events that led up to the shooting of David James Elliott.

North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) inventory records show that after the shooting of Elliott, investigators located the body-cam of University of North Dakota police officer Jerad Braaten underneath his UND squad car.

Braaten, the officer that shot Elliott, who was not even scheduled to work on the night in question, further claimed he was not able to produce his car’s dash-cam because, he said, he forgot to put the memory card in the camera.

On June 26, 2016, GFPD Police Chief Mark Nelson issued a “Special Order” that changed the Department’s policy on retention dates for police-cam video evidence.

Holmseth asserts Nelson’s action is part of a criminal conspiracy by a group of public officials to destroy records that will reveal the truth about the Elliott shooting and other crimes in the area – including the mysterious death of Caitlin Jenna Erickson, which occurred the same night.

On June 16, 2016, a person that identified them self as David James Elliott contacted Holmseth and said Braaten attempted to shoot Elliott while atop the Columbia Road Bridge in Grand Forks, several minutes before the actual shooting, but his gun jammed.

The first attempted shooting of Elliott may be what the GFPD is attempting to cover-up in the videos, because it reveals Braaten’s actions were not spontaneous, and he, along with other officers, were stalking Elliott to kill him.

BCI investigation records appear to support the fact something happened atop the Columbia Road Bridge with Braaten’s firearm, because investigators located an un-spent cartridge from his gun that linked to that location.

(Elliott) told Holmseth that Braaten lied to investigators about the cartridge, and only admitted that he had performed a function with his gun on the bridge after he was told the cartridge was found with his “fingerprints” on it.

Holmseth has obtained enough police cam video from the event to demonstrate the video has been altered – and segments of body-cam video that would have shown what occurred on the Columbia Road Bridge have been replaced with other video.

Following the 2015 shooting, UND Police Chief Eric Plummer issued a written reprimand to Braaten for his conduct regarding his police cams.

But life only got better for Braaten who was supplied a lawyer by the Fraternal Order of Police.

Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones said in a letter to Plummer that he viewed all the documents and videos surrounding the pursuit and shooting, and determined Braaten acted reasonably when he shot Elliott.

Braaten was subsequently hired by the GFPD to the exception of other candidates.

Some of the altered body-cam was turned over to WDAZ-TV by the GFPD; the regional North Dakota news station presented an entirely misleading story that made no mention of the fact the time of the shooting in the body-cam videos did not correspond with the dash-cams.

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Did North Dakota police officer tamper with body-cam shortly before police shooting?

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 7, 2016, 11:08 A.M. CST

Body-camera footage from a police officer during a pursuit in North Dakota contains signs the camera lens was purposely covered shortly before an officer shot the unarmed man in the parking lot of an emergency room.

The select footage was originally released to WDAZ TV by the Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) four days after investigative journalist Timothy Charles Holmseth, Write Into Action, set up a Go Fund Me to obtain the video and 911 transcriptions of the event.

David Elliott on Bridge

Write Into Action has obtained the video WDAZ received that starts five minutes before the shooting and ends one minute after the shooting.

The video begins at approximately 12:42 A.M., February 28, 2015.

The implications of the video of the David James Elliott pursuit and shooting are profound.

Here’s why.

It would eventually become known through an investigation by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) that:

  1. Elliott possessed thousands of pills in the truck with him on the night in question
  2. Elliott was very angry about being chased by police
  3. Elliott arranged to meet with the police officer he’d been talking to on 911 (but was shot before the officer arrived)
  4. The UND police officer that shot Elliott:
    1. Was not scheduled to work that night
    2. Was not wearing his regular uniform
    3. Did not have his dash-cam operating
    4. Did not properly use his body-cam (did not capture the shooting on video)
  5. No criminal charges were ever brought regarding the thousand of pills found in Elliot’s truck.

While Elliott was alone when he was shot at the conclusion of the second of two pursuits that took place, evidence suggests he may have originally had an unidentified passenger in his vehicle when the initial high-speed chase began at approximately 11 P.M.

For more on the second passenger read – – – Altru shooting 911 records: ‘Second person’ and ‘thousands of pills’ cast doubt upon official narrative of Altru police shooting – Did call to police by Wells Fargo cleaning lady interrupt drug activity involving law enforcement?cle at some point after police terminated the first pursuit, due to Elliott’s calling 911 during the chase and telling the police to back off or he would run his vehicle into a bridge.

Facts and circumstances of the entire event suggest Elliott personally knew specific law enforcement officers involved in the pursuit(s) and shooting, including:

  1. ND State Trooper Matthew Peschong
  2. GFSO Sgt. Any Schneider
  3. UND police officer Jerad Braaten

Facts and circumstances indicate Elliott was aware specific officers intended to kill him and he was trying to avoid close contact with those officers until he could meet with GFPD officer Matt Bullinger.

Documents and records reveal subtle clues that what was occurring was personal. For instance, in the BCI interview of Trooper Peschong it says:

“ELLIOTT saw Trooper Peschong pointing his weapon at him and said, “Come on shoot me mother fucker. You’re too big of a pussy to do it. Let’s end this now.” Trooper Peschong also remembered ELLIOTT point at ELLIOTT’s neck and tell Peschong, “Right here, shoot me mother fucker,” the BCI report said.

However, all verbal exchanges between Elliott and law enforcement were redacted so only select quotes are available to the public through the BCI records.

It is also very significant that Peschong and deputies had been ‘following’ Elliott down I-29 in a rural area without emergency lights activated. The activation of emergency lights automatically turns on a police dash cam.

After pulling away from approaching police that were pointing guns at him, Elliott then says something very interesting.

“DAVID ELLIOTT told Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matt Bullinger that he had ran over the spike strips and his tires were going flat. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matt Bullinger said that DAVID ELLIOTT was upset that his tires were flattened, and told Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matt Bullinger what the tires were worth,” the BCI report said.

Would a suicidal man be worried about the cost of his tires? Elliott’s expression to Bullinger about the tires indicates a relationship or familiarity between them.

Documents and records of the event indicate that at approximately 12:42 A.M. on February 28, 2015, Elliott was sitting atop the Columbia Road Bridge in Grand Forks; he was attempting to wait for Bullinger to arrive.

However, officers were approaching Elliott and pointed their guns at him, which caused him to again proceed forward. There are indications Elliott believed he was going to be killed.

THE VIDEO

The editor of the video allowed a split-second view of David Elliott to be seen at the very beginning of the video to establish the time, circumstances, and location of the video.

After the quick blip of crystal clear quality video showing Elliot sitting in his pick-up and talking to police through his window, the editor redacted everything for two minutes and forty-eight seconds; thus concealing absolutely everything that what was being said.

At the time of the video clip, Elliott is on the PSAP call that he initiated to 911 shortly after the GFPD began pursuing him at around 11 P.M.

When the video resumes from the redacted mode at 2:48, the digital perfect quality picture is no longer visible. It is replaced with darkness although audio can still be heard.  It appears the officer may have placed the video camera underneath his coat.

At 6:40 in the video file the dispatcher can be heard saying “six twenty-seven is on his way”.

BCI records suggest 627 is GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger who had been talking to Elliott over PSAP for over an hour about something.

The radio transmissions that follow indicate officers knew they needed to shoot Elliott before Bullinger arrived.

At 4:46 the dispatcher tells an officer over the radio, “He is willing to talk to 627 in person – he said to give him a little time to get over that.”

The reference to Elliott needing to time to “get over that” may be a reference to something that has taken place that has Elliott angry and/or scared.

The officer responds, “He needs to pull into Altru if that’s going to happen”.

At 6:38 on the video the dispatcher says, “Six twenty seven is on his way”.

At 6:46 on the video an officer on the radio can be heard saying “Is anybody talking to him?” The dispatcher replies and says, “10-4 we still have him on the phone but he requested to speak to six twenty seven in person – he’s the only one he’ll talk to.”

The man on the radio then says, “I understand that [inaudible] stop.”

At 7:48 a flurry of gunshots can be heard and the officer with the body cam says, “Shots fired! Shot’s Fired!”

For a split second the officer’s coat appears to open and video is seen for a second, which proves the camera works properly.

The officer wearing the body-cam is heard screaming “Get your hand’s up! Get em’ up! Get your hands up! Get your hands up!” as another officer says “going to tazer”.

The officer then resumes screaming “Get your hands up now! You’re going to get tazed if you don’t get your hands where we can see them! Get em’ up!”

The officers then declare they are ‘going to tazer’ and another officer is heard saying “stop resisting – stop resisting.”

The officer then says “put your hands behind your back. Do it now!”

It is not known what was driving the nearly maniacal screaming of commands by the officers to Elliott, who had just been shot six times, including three times in the head.

Elliott was unarmed.

No released video shows the actual shooting.

Police would not provide the media any information about the shooting for three days in what may have been a waiting game to see if Elliott would die.

Elliott did not die and the State eventually reached a plea with him. Elliott, who had no prior criminal history, pled guilty to two felony counts surrounding his dangerous and reckless driving.

He was sentenced to one year in jail; sentence suspended with two months home monitoring.

He claims he can’t remember the event.

Write Into Action continues to investigate.

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