Retired Sheriff secretly involved in slow speed pursuit of vehicle carrying thousands of pills – ended in shooting

ND AG agents covering up crimes for police – questions created about Andrew Sadek investigation

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on January 15, 2017, 10:45 A.M. CST

From unexplained police shootings to unexplained deaths to the senseless death of a young college student named Andrew Sadek – the State of North Dakota is drowning in questions.

Was a former North Dakota Sheriff secretly involved in a slow speed pursuit of an unarmed motorist that was ultimately shot by police?

Records that show former Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild was involved in the pursuit of David James Elliott were obtained by Write Into Action from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI); obtained only after a very long game of hide n’ go seek by the BCI, Grand Forks Police Department, and Grand Forks County PSAP.

The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office, which oversees the BCI, attempted to hide the existence of 911 and police cam evidence in the case by not recording the collection of the evidence into inventory.

Write Into Action obtained the 911 recording and police videos from the BCI after using recorded statements from BCI agents during post-shooting interviews wherein they referred to the evidence – which proved the agency possessed the data.

There now exists a Tsunami of evidence that shows law enforcement in North Dakota is conspiring within to protect itself from lawsuits and federal prosecution.

Write Into Action’s continuing investigation shows the cover-up is connected to former Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild.

And…

It appears Wild’s involvement is being covered up by law enforcement officials including the present Sheriff of Walsh County, North Dakota.

Let’s get to it.

Evidence shows the Walsh County Sheriff’s Department was involved in the pursuit of David James Elliott on February 27-28, 2015. The Elliott pursuit spanned multiple counties and ended in the parking lot of a Grand Forks hospital where he was shot by a University of North Dakota police officer.

However…

Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens told Write Into Action, “Walsh County had no involvement with the chase or anything involving that case.”

But…that’s simply not true.

Public records clearly show Walsh County was involved.

During a 911 call made by David James Elliott on February 27-28, 2015, Elliott, who was refusing to pull over for police on Interstate 29, north of Grand Forks, said former Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild was following him.

The biggest, amongst the many problems with Wild’s alleged involvement in the pursuit was that he was/is no longer the Sheriff. Wild exited office for retirement after being named a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by Walsh County Deputy Ron Nord.

The Walsh County Press reported on Lauren Wild’s retirement party in their January 14, 2015 edition.

lauren-wild-retirement

Walsh was no longer a member of law enforcement and should not have been involved in pursuing vehicles.

So…

Is there any reason why a controversial career sheriff might be interjecting himself into a midnight pursuit instead of being at home in bed sleeping?

Well…

Actually…

Perhaps…

Yes.

Elliott had in his possession “thousands of pills” according to the BCI.

While talking to Grand Forks Police Officer Matthew Bullinger over 911 while he was being followed by police, Elliott reacted when he saw a vehicle pass him. “Oh, now he’s stopping. Now he’s turning around. Walsh County Sheriff’s Department -Lauren,” Elliott said.

BCI records appear to show that there was in fact a Walsh County Sheriff’s Office vehicle involved in the pursuit. “Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matt Bullinger stated that DAVID ELLIOTT mentioned the Walsh County Sheriff’s deputy’s name and that he did not like him,” BCI agent Michael Ness reported.

Agent Ness’ assertion that David Elliott did not like the “Walsh County Sheriff’s deputy” makes no sense because Elliott was afraid of “Lauren Wild” – and Wild was/is not a deputy – he was a former sheriff.

Ness omitted Wild’s name and title.

This is bad, folks.

Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens said the sheriff’s office had no involvement whatsoever.

Jurgens’ statement appears to be false on its face.

The BCI interviewed North Dakota State Trooper Matthew Peschong regarding his involvement in the pursuit of David Elliott. “Trooper Peschong received a call from Walsh County, North Dakota. Dispatch advised him that the vehicle involved in the earlier pursuit was parked at the Oslo exit on Interstate 29 (I-29),” the BCI report said.

That statement directly contradicts Jurgens’ claim that Walsh County had no involvement.

And…

New information obtained by Write Into Action reveals another police officer, Sgt, Mark Ellingson, Grand Forks Police, also said the Walsh County Sheriff’s Office was involved.

“We had called Grafton PD. We told Grafton and I think they contacted Walsh County, NDHP, and then of course GFSO already knew,” Ellingson told BCI agents.

Write Into Action contacted Sheriff Jurgens for a comment regarding emerging information that shows Walsh County was involved but Jurgens did not respond.

Evidence shows Wild was involved in the Elliott case at some level.

During an interview with the BCI, David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, along with her mother Margaret Dolan, said Wild was talking about the shooting. The two ladies said Wild knew UND police officer Jerad Braaten – the police officer that shot David Elliott.

Jennifer Elliott and Dolan claimed Braaten had once worked for the Grafton Police Department.

BCI AGENT SCOTT KRAFT: Can I ask where you got that information?”

JENNIFER ELLIOT: Lauren Wild.

MARGARET DOLAN: Lauren Wild.

“[Jerad Braaten] worked at Grafton – that’s what Lauren Wild was saying – that he was asked to leave. That’s what we were hearing from Lauren Wild that he worked for the Grafton police – he was let go – he was asked to leave,” Jennifer Elliott said.

Write Into Action contacted Grafton Police Chief Anthony Dumas and inquired about Wild’s claims. “Jerad Braaten has never had any affiliation with the Grafton Police Department. He was never employed here, therefore, couldn’t have been asked to resign. Retired Sheriff Lauren Wild was mistaken when he commented on this,” Chief Dumas said.

Jennifer Elliott said Wild was a friend of their family.

“We’re from Grafton. Grafton’s my home town. So, Lauren Wild would be a good friend to my mom’s brothers. Yeah, so we know him very well,” Jennifer Elliott said.

During the pursuit, David Elliott was experiencing extreme anxiety over Wild.

“I’ve dealt with a lot police in my time. I’ve never met such a prick in my life. That guy is corrupt! I mean I’m not even kidding you – he is. He’s a corrupt cop. That’s for somebody else to judge and find out. But he’s got away with it for years. I hate him so much I feel like putting it to the floor and seeing what that son-of-a-bitch really has,” Elliott said.

Elliott appeared to suggest that he knew Wild was dangerous and violent.

“My whole life I’ve been beat to shit out of by cops. And Lauren has the traits and aspects and everything of the same shit,” David Elliott said.

Elliott repeatedly explained to GFDP Bullinger over the PSAP (911) line that he was not stopping his vehicle because he was afraid of Lauren Wild. “I’m sorry but I don’t trust that cop Lauren. It’s his vehicle; I know his vehicle; he’s a fucking asshole; the most crookedest cop,” David Elliott said.

During post shooting interviews BCI agent Michael Ness made numerous statements that have created significant suspicions about the integrity of BCI investigations.

Ness told Jennifer Elliott that he knew Jerad Braaten (the rookie cop on his first job that is heard planning a confrontation with Elliott on cam recording; the rookie cop that was not scheduled to work on the night in question; the rookie cop that was ‘training’ a UNDPD female intern on the night he was not scheduled to work; the rookie cop that asked the UNDPD female intern he was ‘training’ to fix his body-cam on his shirt only minutes before shooting someone; the rookie cop that did not have his body cam on during the several hours he was (supposedly) already working; the rookie cop that has his body-cam on wrong so it captured no visual; the rookie cop that (supposedly) did not activate his dash-cam) and that he was “meticulous” with “attention to detail”.

Ness also attested to the great character of Lauren Wild saying, “Lauren’s probably the nicest guy you’ll ever meet”.

Write Into Action has obtained BCI files regarding the Andrew Sadek case.

READ ALSO:

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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).

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Another suspicious death in Grand Forks: GFPD has lost its credibility to conduct homicide investigations

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.

Here’s why.

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

Caitlin Jenna Erickson

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.

Devoured by demons: Grand Forks woman, 28, dies after battling alcoholism

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?

Well…

Let’s see…

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.

Visit www.writeintoactiion.com to read about the drug trafficking and bust that occurred at UND that involved multiple members of the football team.

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).

VISIT WWW.WRITEINTOACTION.COM

North Dakota narcotic task force agents forcing street dealers to commit murders?

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on May 5, 2016, 9:12 A.M. CST

Are corrupt police, deputies, and narcotics task force agents in North Dakota having people killed?

Are uncharged drug dealers being used as hit men and mercenaries to avoid prison?

Concerns are growing.

On May 3, 2016, Lance Block, the Tallahassee attorney representing the parents of slain college student Andrew Sadek announced they are filing a lawsuit against Richland County, North Dakota.

Block announced the Sadek’s are seeking damages from Richland County and Jason Weber, the narcotics officer that recruited the naïve 20 year-old college student to work as an informant to avoid felony charges – likely resulting in Andrew being shot in the head and dumped in the Red River.

Andrew Sadek

Andrew Sadek

The crime was never solved.

The State’s power to ‘charge’ a person with a felony for an alleged crime, being used as an extortion tool by law enforcement agents in the field is a life and death issue.

The extortion of low level drug trade players is rapidly becoming a known practice in North Dakota. Young people are becoming involved with narcotics task force officers shortly before very bad things happen.

In February of 2015 a rookie University of North Dakota police officer shot David James Elliott, an unarmed man, three times in the head in the Emergency Room parking lot of a Grand Forks hospital.

Write Into Action initiated a journalistic investigation into the Elliott shooting after learning law enforcement was attempting to cover-up what really happened because it involved the drug trade and “thousands” of pills found in Elliott’s vehicle.

Emerging evidence shows law enforcement officers and public officials in North Dakota and Minnesota are operating a transnational drug trafficking enterprise – likely the enterprise that snared Andrew Sadek. State and federal law enforcement officers are exploiting lower tier street dealers to commit crimes via extortion.

Write Into Action’s investigation into the February, 2015 shooting of Elliott, quickly led to another shooting event that occurred in May, 2015; connecting the exact same officer(s) to an exact same address of a drug dealer.

The drug dealer, Douglass Devonn Palmer, was personally known to police regarding his dealing activities, but had not been charged with a crime.

Palmer’s situation mirror’s Sadek.

GFPD OFFICER DAN HARVALA

On February 28, 2015 Grand Forks Police officer Dan Harvala let a 911 call for a ‘suspicious vehicle’ from Wells Fargo Bank wait in the cue, while he tended to a ‘loud party’ complaint at 1850 South 34th Street, Apartment 217 (Grandview Apartments).

Also located at South 34th Street at that time was UND police officer Jerad Braaten and GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger.

Harvala reports he heard voices; knocked on the door at Apartment 217; but no one answered.

After clearing the call, Harvala responded to the Wells Fargo Bank where a high speed chase of David James Elliott began – the bizarre two hour pursuit ended in Elliott being shot by Braaten in the Altru hospital parking lot.

The Elliott pursuit was beyond bizarre.

Elliott activated his emergency hazard lights and then called 911 after Harvala began pursuing him. Elliott stayed on the phone with 911 for 107 minutes while deputies and troopers followed him from county to county without their red lights activated (thus, not activating the dash-cam) – much of the 911 call was between Elliott and Bullinger.

Write Into Action is still pursuing the 911 call records, which will reveal what Elliott and Bullinger were talking about on the phone.

The pursuit and shooting of Elliott resulted in an investigation by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

And then…

On May 28, 2015 Harvala once again found himself at 1850 South 34th Street, Apartment 217 where the sound of a gun shot prompted 911 calls.

Within a few hours, Harvala had arrested and charged a Somalian man, Mohammed Aweis Mohammed, with Attempted Murder.

Write Into Action initiated an investigation into the seemingly strange coincidence connecting Harvala and other officers to the South 34th Street address.

Write Into Action discovered strong evidence that suggests law enforcement officers are exploiting bit players in the street drug trade to cover up their involvement in drug trafficking and black operations?

The enterprise is connected to the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Write Into Action has prepared a preliminary investigative synopsis of the Mohammed Mohammed shooting case.

SYNOPSIS

On May 28, 2015, Douglass Devonn Palmer telephoned Mursal Shire to come to his residence at 1850 South 34th Street, Apartment 217, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Palmer’s own statements make it clear he initiated the call that resulted in Shire and Mohammed coming to his residence.

Palmer was/is a known drug dealer to the GFPD.

According to police interviews, Palmer personally discussed drug dealing with GFPD detectives Cassetta and Johnson in January, 2015 (one month before the Elliott shooting).

It appears he was nver charged.

On May 28, 2015 …

After receiving a call from Palmer, Shire came to Palmer’s door at Grandview Apartments, accompanied by Mohammed.

Shire and Mohammed allegedly received a ride to Grandview Apartment from Michael Russ Weldemichael – a man they reportedly had been with all day.

Only Palmer and Mohammed were present when police arrived because Shire fled, and Weldemichael was the driver but never came in the building.

Harvala responded to the location around 11:31 P.M.

Palmer and Mohammed gave completely differing stories to police about what happened.

However, according to police records, it appears clear that discussions took place between Palmer, Shire, and Mohammed regarding the tentative acquisition of marijuana from Palmer – or one of his drug connections.

Then, at some point – a gun was pulled and fired.

Mohammed was pistol-whipped and beaten badly by Palmer. Shire fled as soon as soon as the gun came out.  Neighbors called 911. Palmer also called 911 using Mohammed’s phone.

Only a cursory review of Palmer’s statements to police reveals he lied about where the gun came from.

PALMER LIED TO POLICE

Palmer told Harvala that the gun came from the “waistband of Mohammed’s pants.”

“The firearm was reported to be pulled out of the waistband of Mohammed’s pants by Mohammed, “racked” to chamber a round, and pointed in the direction of Douglass Palmer,” Harvala reported.

But… Palmer apparently forgot what he told Harvala when he was questioned by GFPD officer Matthew Woodley.

Woodley reported, “Mohammed had at least one of his hands in the pocket of his jacket. With his right hand, he pulled out a handgun and ‘racked’ the slide”.

The following is from the police interview:

Woodley: There both Somalian?

Palmer: Yeah

Woodley: K

Palmer: Both are. So, he I guess interprets for him. He’s like, “All right, so, eh, like what do you guys – get it right now.” I’m like it’s 1:00 in the morning but should I call em? How much you have so I know how much he’s gonna charge ya?”

Woodley: K

Palmer: So were asking that and he’s never answering the question on how much he has, so I’m  like, “Okay, eh…” It’s like 1:00 in the morning so you gonna leave both ya’ll, like come on, I need to go to sleep and this is when he leans back while his hands are in his fleece. Forgot to tell you that before that, but he got his hands in his fleece and he pulls out the gun.

Palmer completely changed where the gun came from. He told Harvala that Mohammed pulled it from his waistband; he told Woodley that Mohammed pulled it from his coat pocket.

But…

Mohammed told Harvala the gun came from Palmer’s pocket and maintained that story through several questionings with other officers and agents.

THE HAND GUN’S OWER NEVER IDENTIFIED

Police records show law enforcement quickly ran the serial number of the gun through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to see if it was stolen – but it was not.

The police records simply make no further mention of the gun’s actual owner or any investigation into that matter.

On May 2, 2016, Write Into Action inquired about the gun’s owner.

“We still have the handgun in our Evidence. There is nothing noted in the Evidence records identifying any particular individual as the owner of the handgun,” said Lt. Derik Zimmel, GFPD.

SHIRE AND WELDEMICHAEL NOT QUESTIONED – MOHAMMED CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER IMMEDIATELY

Mohammed was charged a few hours later by Harvala with ‘Attempted Murder’.

Harvala actually proceeded with multiple felony charges, including ‘Attempted Murder’ without even questioning two of the individuals involved or identifying the owner of the gun.

The only person at the scene that had actually confessed to anything that could be percieved as a crime was Palmer. He physically assaulted Mohammed and was dealing drugs.

At 3:05 A.M. the GFPD issued a press release announcing the ‘Attempted Murder’ charges.

That same day the Grand Forks County States Attorney’s office formally charged Mohammed with ‘Attempted Murder’

The entire set of charges was based upon Palmer’s word. .

Write Into Action is investigating facts that suggest Mohammed was strategically lured to 1850 South 34th Street, Apartment 217, where he was to be framed for ‘Attempted Murder’ through a pre-planned event that would involve gunfire.

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Grand Forks PSAP confirms GFPD officer entered false information into police report on night of police shooting

Cover-up leads to Somalian man charged with attempted murder

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 23, 2016, 10:14 A.M. CST

Grand Forks County PSAP has confirmed that data entered into a police report filed by a Grand Forks Police officer involved in a police shooting – was false information.

The latest discovery of deception is not new in the case.

Evidence of a wide scale cover-up by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Grand Forks County States Attorney David Jones, and other high ranking law enforcement officials continues to emerge regarding the police pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 27-28, 2015.

ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

Grand Forks 911 has confirmed Matthew Bullinger, an officer with the Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD), entered information into an electronic police report that did not match PSAP records.

Bullinger was a key figure in the events that surrounded the pursuit and shooting of Elliott.

There appears to efforts underway to frustrate Write Into Action’s attempts to obtain information. Write Into Action has made multiple public record requests for information to the GFPD regarding the Elliott case. Every text document involving 911 transcripts and/or police communications provided by the GFPD has not included the ‘time’.

The latest discrepancy was discovered after Write Into Action directly contacted Grand Forks PSAP and asked for the specific time of an event. PSAP personnel then identified the specific times that were in question.

The report filed by Bullinger is a critical piece of evidence in the timeline of events that took place shortly before the Elliott pursuit, and may ultimately lead to even more explosive developments regarding an immigrant from Somalia that was charged with attempted murder shortly after the Elliott fiasco.

There is a reason why GFPD is neglecting to give ‘times’ of events.

On February 27, 2015, at 10:49 P.M., Bullinger entered a Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) report that said he was dispatched to 1850 South 34th Street, Unit 217, Grand Forks, at 10:45 P.M.

The ‘time’ Bullinger placed in the report is false.

“The time PSAP received the loud party call was 2216 hours (10:16 P.M.), and it was then dispatched at 2233 (10:33 P.M.) hours, matching both our communication times and call entries in the computer,” said Shannon LaHaise, Center Supervisor, Grand Forks PSAP.

Bullinger’s claim that he was dispatched at 10:45 P.M. was off by12 minutes.

Those 12 minutes are critical.

Here’s why.

Bullinger, as well as GFPD officer Dan Harvala, were interviewed by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) regarding the police shooting of Elliott.

Both Bullinger and Harvala responded to the loud party complaint on South 34th Street.

Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala and Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matt Bullinger responded to a loud party complaint. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala indicated there was a suspicious vehicle complaint from the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) pending and that once he cleared the loud party complaint he responded to the suspicious vehicle complaint. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala said that the suspicious vehicle was for a black pickup in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
– ND BCI

The BCI report shows Bullinger and Harvala responded to the loud party complaint BEFORE responding to the ‘suspicious vehicle’ report, which was “pending”.

The “pending” call was made by the cleaning lady at Wells Fargo Bank to report a ‘suspicious vehicle’ (David Elliott) at 10:41 P.M.

Write Into Action will now do ND AG Wayne Stenehjem and Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones’ jobs for them.

Observe:

  • Bullinger and Harvala are dispatched to a loud party call at 10:33 P.M.
  • For some reason, Bullinger and Harvala don’t respond to the 10:33 P.M. dispatch
  • Eight minutes later, at 10:41 P.M., the cleaning lady at Wells Fargo Bank calls 911 to report a suspicious vehicle (David Elliott) lingering in the parking lot
  • Bullinger and Harvala don’t respond to the Wells Fargo call either, but, now, rather, respond to the loud party complaint that has been in the system since 10:33 P.M., and leave the Wells Fargo call that came at 10:41 P.M. ‘pending’
  • Bullinger then files a CAD report at 10:49 P.M. saying he was dispatched to the loud party complaint at 10:45 P.M. (which is a lie because it was dispatched at 10:33 P.M.) and is now clearing it

UND POLICE OFFICER JERAD BRAATEN

UND police officer Jerad Braaten shot Elliott on the night in question.

According to BCI records, Braaten was not scheduled to work on the night in question but did. After somehow becoming scheduled to work he was supposed to begin his shift at 11:00 P.M. However, he began his shift at 10:30 P.M. instead. He did not activate his dash-cam apparatus, which he said he forgot to do. He did not properly place his body-cam on himself so it did not capture the shooting. The body-cam did not fit properly because he was not wearing his regular uniform.

So where was Braaten at 10:30 P.M.?

According to dispatch records obtained from UNDPD, Braaten was at South 34th Street at 10:30 P.M. performing a traffic stop.

Ok – that’s two GFPD officers and one UND officer at South 34th Street at the same time.

Is there anything special or unique about the address of the loud party complaint that was at 1850 South 34th Street, Grandview Apartments, Unit 17, Grand Forks, North Dakota?

Well, let’s see.

WRONG PLACE – WRONG TIME

“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time”
– Mohamed Aweis Mohamed (now serving five years in prison)

Mohamed Aweis Mohamed

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/3755331-630-pm-update-police-arrest-man-suspicion-attempted-murder-grand-forks-apartment

Mohamed Aweis Mohamed Valley News

http://www.valleynewslive.com/home/headlines/Grand-Forks-Police-Arrest-Man-for-Attempted-Murder-305435021.html

Oh snap!

A Grand Forks man has been charged with Attempted Murder, Terrorizing and Reckless Endangerment, after a gun was fired in an apartment Thursday night.

Police responded to this apartment at 1850 South 34th Street at 11:30 Thursday night, after getting a report of gunfire. When they arrived on the scene they found Mohamed Aweis Mohamed being detained by a man. The two men had apparently just gotten into a fight.
– Valley News / Neil Carlson

Write Into Action continues to investigate.

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Official alibi of cops crumbling after police shooting in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Police shooting of unarmed man connected to transnational drug trafficking in North Dakota?

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 11, 2016, 12:27 P.M. CST

Were law enforcement officers really where they said they were; and doing what they said they did; on the night an unarmed man was shot by a cop in a Grand Forks, North Dakota hospital parking lot?

Or…

Will the truth about what happened that night reveal players in a transnational drug trafficking operation that has saturated the region with illegal drugs and nurtured its lucrative economy in North Dakota?

The efforts of ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Grand Forks County States Attorney David Jones have both failed to bring any charges, or, any meaningful media attention, to the thousands of pills confiscated from the vehicle of David James Elliott after he was chased down and shot in the Altru parking lot.

ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

The actual root source supplying narcotics to the trafficking apparatus seems to be of little interest to Stenehjem and Jones despite overdose deaths occurring at a very alarming, and, suspicious rate.

On April 10, 2016, the Grand Forks Herald published an article entitled ‘Keeps them alive’ Administering naloxone could save lives of those who overdose’.

“Across North Dakota, the heroin and opioid epidemic has seeped quickly and silently into our communities—claiming the lives of more than a dozen people in just the Grand Forks region since 2014,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who visited Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake March 31 to talk about the issue.

In addition to Grand Forks’ fentanyl deaths, Fargo saw three overdose deaths in one week in March, possibly related to heroin laced with fentanyl.

– Grand Forks Herald

The Herald article effectively side-steps the root source and supply of the drugs coming into the area, and simply focuses on how to stop somebody from dying after they have already overdosed.

That way – the drug dealers still get to make their money.

Write Into Action is filling the public’s need for information pertaining to the serious public health and safety issues facing North Dakota, through an independent journalistic investigation.

But there is a curious reluctance by government record keepers to allow the process to flow.

Basic public records requests are yet to be filled by the Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD); records that will help to answer very important questions regarding statements made to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) by officers from the GFPD, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office, University of North Dakota Police, and North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The officers were all questioned following the pursuit and shooting of David Elliott on February 27-28, 2015.

The reason the pursuit and shooting of Elliott is significant is because thousands of pills were found in his vehicle the night he was chased around for hours by police while he was on 911 asking for help.

The limited amount of video available from the chase has been redacted so nothing David Elliott was saying to police about his situation can be heard.

No criminal charges were ever brought against anyone regarding the drugs in Elliott’s vehicle.

Elliott was shot by UND police officer Jerad Braaten, a cop not scheduled to work that night; not wearing his regular uniform; not activating his dash-cam; and not recording the event with his body-cam.

Write Into Action is seeking all the 911 records of the night in question.

Additionally…

On March 31, 2016, Write Into Action requested police logs concentrating on an entry in the BCI report regarding GFPD officers Dan Harvala and Matt Bullinger.

PARAGRAPH B:
Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala and Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matt Bullinger responded to a loud party complaint. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala indicated there was a suspicious vehicle complaint from the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) pending and that once he cleared the loud party complaint he responded to the suspicious vehicle complaint. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala said that the suspicious vehicle was for a black pickup in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank, Grand Forks, North Dakota. The cleaning woman inside the bank called in the complaint around 11:30 p.m., to 11:40 p.m.
– SA Michael J. Ness / Interview with GFPD Dan Harvala

“The request is for any Police Report, PSAP transcript, telephone call, officer log, officer notes, and/or ledgers pertaining to the aforementioned,” Write Into Action’s request said.

“Simply put – I am requesting the public records that record the two police officers receiving information about a “loud party complaint” as well as them receiving information about a pending PSAP for a “suspicious vehicle” at “Wells Fargo Bank” on February 27, 2015,” Write Into Action said.

The Harvala interviewed is already hopelessly flawed.

Harvala’s statement that the call from the cleaning lady at Wells Fargo Bank came in at “around 11:30 p.m., to 11:40 p.m.” completely contradicts statements by Lt. Derik Zimmel, GFPD, and Becky Ault, PSAP director, who state the call from Wells Fargo was at 10:41 P.M.

GFPD officer Matt Bullinger told the BCI his shift began at 10:00 P.M. on the night in question. He said “at the beginning of the shift” he and Harvala “responded to a loud party complaint on the west side of South 34th Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota, at the beginning of the shift.”

It continued.

“After clearing from the call, Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matt Bullinger was in his vehicle doing paperwork when Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at the Wells Fargo Bank, Grand Forks, North Dakota,” the BCI report said.

Write Into Action is requesting all records regarding the “loud party complaint” on the west side of 34the Street the officers say they handled.

Why?

Here’s one reason.

Write Into Action obtained records from UND police that show UND police officer Jerad Braaten, the officer that shot David Elliott that night, was handling a ‘Traffic Stop” at South 34th Street at 10:30 P.M.

That’s the same time-window Bullinger places himself and Harvala at South 34th Street, as well.

But it gets even more suspicious.

GFPD officer Chris Brown told the BCI he was in the Altru emergency room and witnesses the police pursuit of Elliott heading north on South Columbia Road at around 10:30/10:35 P.M. on the night in question.

But – even the earliest version for the time of the 911 call from Wells Fargo Bank that resulted in the police chase of Elliott is 10:41 P.M.

Harvala’s dash-cam shows he started following Elliott at 10:57 P.M. and then attempted to stop him – whereupon he fled.

So what police pursuit did Brown see at 10:30 P.M.?

The next questions is; what exactly was going on at the UND police department at the time Harvala began pursuing Elliott?

According to dispatch logs, here’s what the UND cops were doing.

UND officers Mark Thorpe, Jayson Waltz, Jerad Braaten, Danny Weigel, and Frank Lanasa ALL responded to a “Suspicious Person” call of “Male Subject Knocking on Door” at a residence on University Avenue.

The telephone number the ‘suspicious person’ call came from was 701.740.4411 which is traced back to Molstad Contracting, 115 Reeves Ct., Grand Forks.

Write Into Action continues to investigate.

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