by Timothy Charles Holmseth on July 22, 2016, 10:37 P.M. CST
The Grand Fork Police Department (GFPD) attempted to fool an independent journalist investigating the police shooting of an unarmed man in Grand Forks, North Dakota, by removing critical video images from officer body-cam and replacing it with something else.
Timothy Charles Holmseth, journalist/author/publisher, Write Into Action, has produced a You Tube video showing how the GFPD provided him edited and fraudulent files when responding to public records requests.
Timothy Holmseth has been investigating the police shooting of David James Elliott, and several other cases connected to it, including the mysterious death of Caitlin Jenna Erickson, and the framing of a Somali immigrant, Mohammed Aweis Mohammed.
On June 26, 2016, GFPD police chief Mark Nelson issued a “Special Order” that changed the retention dates of police files, which would create the false appearance that any destruction of the evidence would simply be in keeping with policy.
Timothy Holmseth filed a Motion to the United States District Court – District of Minnesota, requesting an Injunction against multiple agencies including the GFPD, Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Highway Patrol, University of North Dakota, and Altru Health Systems, that would forbid the destruction of any files related to the case.
On February 28, 2015, Jerad Braaten, a University of North Dakota police officer, unloaded his clip onto David James Elliott, an unarmed man, in the Emergency Room parking lot of Altru Hospital.
The shooting came at the end of a bizarre, two hour long event that involved police following David Elliott up and down I-29 without their emergency lights activated while he remained on the telephone with 911.
Elliott was shot at least three times in the head; multiple times in the body; and relentlessly tazed after being shot (tazed while unconscious) by officers that can be heard yelling “show me your hands” and “stop resisting”.
He miraculously survived.
The shooting was followed by a sinister immediate media blackout that erupted into a all-out battle between regional news stations and law enforcement. Law enforcement refused to tell the public even the most very basic information about the shooting, such as the victim’s name.
Braaten’s decision to shoot Elliott was deemed justified by Grand Forks County States Attorney David Jones after an investigation was completed by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal investigation (BCI).
The GFPD subsequently hired Braaten.
The truth about what really happened, and why there is now a multi-agency conspiracy to hide the truth, is utterly frightening.
During an independent investigation, Timothy Holmseth discovered records from the BCI showed investigators found Braaten’s officer body-cam underneath his UND squad car (hidden). The dash-cam from Braaten’s car was supposedly never seen because he told investigators he did not put the drive into the camera on the night in question.
Braaten was not even scheduled to work on the night in question, but did, and was not wearing his ‘regular uniform’.
Records never viewed by the public until obtained and published by Write Into Action, reveal Braaten was disciplined in writing by UND police chief Eric Plummer regarding his actions regarding his officer cams. That fact was known to the GFPD some months later when they hired him.
The sinister facts surrounding the case, and the tampering with video footage by the GFPD, shows the police are attempting to hide the fact that Braaten actually attempted to shoot David Elliott approximately 10 minutes prior to the actual shooting at a separate location – but his gun jammed.
That makes the entire event a premeditated attempted murder.
According to a person identifying himself as David James Elliott, Braaten attempted to shoot him while he was parked atop the Columbia Road Bridge in Grand Forks with his hands out the window.
The video from the Columbia Road Bridge is the cam footage that appears to be edited out/replaced, or completely redacted by the GFPD.
BCI records show that an un-spent cartridge from Braaten’s firearm was found atop the Columbia Road Bridge.
Elliott told Write Into Action that Braaten lied to investigators about the cartridge until his “fingerprints” were found on it; he then admitted he had discharged a cartridge while ‘press checking’ his weapon.
David Elliott’s initial flight from the police was very odd, and indicates he knew his life was in danger, and he was trying to get to safety.
Elliott, a man with no criminal record, immediately fled at high speeds when a GFPD officer activated his red lights behind his vehicle. Elliott then called 911 and stayed on the telephone for 107 minutes; until the moment he was shot some two hours later.
The pursuit, shooting, and tampering with evidence indicates the entire event was actually connected to a transnational drug trafficking operation that involved Elliott and police officers.
“Thousands” of pills were found in Elliott’s vehicle by investigators but no charges were ever brought.
Elliott told Write Into Action he is receiving death threats.
More information can be found at www.writeintoaction.com