East Grand Forks police sergeant-detective no longer listed as investigator for department

Focus on the Forks

Detective that seized hard-drive of HaLeigh Cummings book author re-classified as patrolman as color of law lawsuit looms in U.S. District Court

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

An East Grand Forks police detective that was allegedly going to lie on the witness stand to convict a local journalist is no longer listed as an investigator with the police department, according to the city’s website.

Sgt. Detective Chris Olson’s name, which previously appeared under the section that listed the police department’s investigators, now appears under the section that lists patrol officers.

Olson’s name, and allegations of his misconduct, appear in a federal civil rights lawsuit, filed in July of 2014 by Timothy Charles Holmseth against the City of East Grand Forks and Polk County Sheriff – – – Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al.

According to Holmseth’s complaint, Michael LaCoursiere, an attorney for the Minnesota Public Defenders office, who…

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