BCI focused on prescription drugs during police shooting investigation

Altru Hospital and University of North Dakota may have betrayed the public

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on December 20, 2016, 12:17 P.M. CST

Does a police shooting victim’s medical background and prescription drug history have anything to do with whether or not the shooting was justified?

In an undated letter authored by Grand Forks State’s Attorney David Jones, he determined the shooting of David James Elliott by a UND police officer was justified based upon all the evidence he reviewed, which included police-cam evidence.

But nobody has been allowed to see the video that Jones claims clears the cop.

And…

There are new questions being raised in this bizarre North Dakota case that involves drugs – drugs that Attorney Jones knew about – but has never talked about.

The seizure of thousands of bagged pills from the vehicle of David James Elliott on the night he was shot in the head has created those questions.

On February 28, 2015 the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) began an investigation into the police shooting of David James Elliott by a University of North Dakota police officer in the Emergency Room parking lot of Altru hospital.

David Elliott was unarmed and on the telephone with a Grand Forks police officer, and had arranged to meet that officer at Altru Hospital, when he was shot multiple times by a rookie UND campus cop he had been trying to stay from during a slow speed pursuit.

Audio from the inside of the UND squad car later revealed the officer, Jerad Braaten, was diabolically and cynically hoping to cause a collision with David Elliott – it also captures what David Elliott says is the sound of Braaten attempting to shoot David Elliott several minutes before the actual shooting – but his gun jammed.

Questions are rapidly developing in this case regarding what was really going on between David Elliott, the University of North Dakota, Altru Hospital, and multiple law enforcement agencies.

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And – it’s all about drugs.

Here’s why.

The region has been saturated with drug use, fatal overdoses, and mysterious unattended deaths as result of narcotics that are flooding into the area.

BCI records show ‘thousands of pills’ were found in David Elliott’s pick-up truck after he was shot – the pills were in bags.

“We found three bags of pills,” said SA Michael Ness during his interview with David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, an employee in the Accounts Payable department at UND.

“That’ what Altru – he gets it all from doctors. It’s all coming from doctors at Altru,” Jennifer Elliott said.

Jennifer Elliott said she repeatedly tried to curtail the dispensing of drugs to her husband by Altru. She told investigators she confronted Barbara Norman, a clinical nurse specialist about it.

“He keeps coming here and you (Barb Norman) keep prescribing stuff – so I said what’s your plan – what’s your plan here – what, were going to come here every three months and your going sit and go oh you need this one – okay we’ll print that one – what else do you need? Oh you out of this one? Oh okay were going to print that one. Okay and after sitting and watching her do that for twenty minutes I start to argue with her and say what’s your plan – do you have a plan here for him more than just to give out drugs,” Jennifer Elliott said.

Jennifer Elliott said Dr. Matthew Roller, a neurologist at Altru, looked at David Elliott’s prescription list and was “appalled” at what he saw in David Elliott’s chart.

The drug dispensing appeared weird to Jennifer Elliott.

“Now, [my husband David Elliott will] always say don’t argue with them before we get in there – don’t argue with the doctor,” Jennifer Elliott said.

Margaret Dolan, Jennifer Elliott’s mother, was at the BCI interview. “The pain management doctor in Bemidji when he would go there – he didn’t want her there – he made it very clear that he did not want her at those appointments,” Dolan said.

Ness and Jennifer Elliott discussed prescription drug documentation regarding David Elliott. “I ran the same thing – it’s called a PDMP – prescription drug monitoring on a report – I just went back a year and it’s like five pages long,” Ness said.

“Isn’t one Benzo enough? Why three? Who takes morphine for headaches?” Jennifer Elliott said.

BCI investigator Ness was greatly focused on obtaining David Elliott’s medical records and wanted Jennifer Elliott to sign a release.

“Be important to look at all his records to see kind of where were at – why were at where we are now today,” SA Ness said.

“I think it’s important. I really do,” SA Ness said.

“Important for what?” Jennifer Elliott replied.

“Just to kind of figure out why were at where were at,” Ness said.

David James Elliott eventually pled guilty to traffic/driving related offenses and the police shooting case has since been closed.

No more was ever heard about the prescription drug issue.

Write Into Action continues to focus on evidence that shows a possible connection between the drug over-dose death (murder cover-up by GFPD) of Caitlin Jenna Erickson, which occurred in Grand Forks at the same time police were chasing David Elliott.

Write Into Action also reported a major drug trafficking incident that hit the UND football team that went un-reported by the local corporate hoax media.

Interestingly…

Jennifer Elliott said UND Police Chief Eric Plummer told her that his department was trying to reach David Elliott by telephone the night he was shot.

Disturbingly…

Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson issued a ‘Special Order’ so his Department could delete GFPD videos after Write Into Action initiated it’s journalistic investigation.

Write Into Action is presently battling the ND AG for the police videos after AG Wayne Stenehjem called upon Marsy’s Law (a victim’s rights law) to stall my investigation.

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Marsy’s Law cited by ND AG regarding public records request for police-cam of police shooting

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on December 19, 2016, 8:43 P.M. CST

The case involving a police shooting of an unarmed man in Grand Forks, North Dakota may be headed to the courtroom.

The Office of North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has invoked “Marsy’s Law” in response to a public records request for police-cam video regarding the pursuit and shooting on an unarmed man in February, 2015.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

According to Stenehjem’s office, they need time to assess Write Into Action’s request for the police-cam evidence to make sure it is in compliance with Marsy’s Law.

Liz Brocker, public information officer, ND AG, responded to the request today.

“This confirms your request. Before we can provide an estimate of the costs and time involved, we must review the request against the provisions of Marsy’s law. I will be in touch shortly” Brocker said.

However…

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Marsy’s Law was passed in 2016 to ensure the rights of crime victims.

The shooting of David James Elliott by a UND police officer was deemed justified by Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones, after, he says, he reviewed all the evidence and police videos of the event.

David James Elliott eventually pled guilty to reckless endangerment and the case is closed.

That’s it.

According to records and the court there was, and is, no victim.

According to police and court records the only person to blame is David James Elliott – the man that was shot.

It is not readily known how Marsy’s Law could even remotely apply to the case.

The pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott has been shrouded in mystery ever since it happened on February 28, 2015, when police refused to talk to the media for two and half days after the unarmed man was inexplicably shot in a hospital parking lot.

Write Into Action has learned through BCI interviews that David Elliott was trying to reach the Emergency Room at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and had arranged with a police officer that was talking to him on the PSAP line to meet him there.

He was shot in front of the Emergency Room.

The case appears to be a ticking public relations time-bomb for the State of North Dakota.

Here’s why…

It appears David James Elliott knew he was going to be shot, which is why he called 911 and refused to pull over.

David James Elliott contacted Write Into Action in the summer of 2016 and said Jerad Braaten, the (former) UND police officer that shot him, tried to kill him minutes before the ultimate shooting, but Braaten’s gun jammed. Braaten’s body-cam, which captured no visual because he fixed it wrong on his shirt, captures the sound of Braaten’s gun clicking atop the Columbia Road Bridge.

BCI evidence further reveals Braaten’s dash-cam disappeared altogether, and he attempted to hide his body-cam under his squad car after the shooting.

Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson hired Braaten after the shooting.

In the summer of 2016 Nelson enacted a ‘Special Order’ to change retention dates on police-cam videos after Write Into Action began ordering videos of the event.

Video that Write Into Action managed to obtain from the GFPD were altered using a video editor and time-stamps between the dash-cams and body-cams do not match.

Grand Fork PSAP advised Write Into Action that the two hour 911 call made by David James Elliott on the night he was shot had been deleted because they needed space.

Write Into Action has submitted payment for the 911 call to the Office of the Attorney General.

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Write Into Action’s most recent request, which resulted in Stenehjem bringing up Marsy’s Law reads as follows:

Liz Brocker 
Public Information Officer 
ND OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
Wayne Stenehjem, Attorney General
600 E. Boulevard Avenue | Dept. 125 | Bismarck, ND 58505
701.328.2210
http://www.ag.nd.gov

December 19, 2016

In Re: Public Data Request / Police Shooting Video

Ms. Brocker,

I am in receipt of the BCI interview with Jennifer Elliott (wife of police shooting victim David James Elliott) that I received from your office.

During said interview BCI Special Agent Michael Ness refers extensively to police-cam evidence.

At the 9:48 marker on the audio SA Ness said “He is on the trooper’s video camera….” – referring to video from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

At the 13:06 marker on the audio SA Ness said, “Sgt. Schneider’s in-car camera is the best there…” referring to video from the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office.

At the 14:47 marker on the audio SA Ness said, “You can see him on one of the body cameras…” referring to Grand Forks Police body cam video.

I am requesting the aforementioned data.

Respectfully,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Author/Journalist/Publisher

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W.
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

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Police shooting cams requested from North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on December 19, 2016, 11:30 A.M. CST

Write Into Action has submitted a public records request for the police camera evidence regarding the shooting of David James Elliott.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

The request is below:

Liz Brocker 
Public Information Officer 
ND OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
Wayne Stenehjem, Attorney General
600 E. Boulevard Avenue | Dept. 125 | Bismarck, ND 58505
701.328.2210
http://www.ag.nd.gov

December 19, 2016

In Re: Public Data Request / Police Shooting Video

Ms. Brocker,

I am in receipt of the BCI interview with Jennifer Elliott (wife of police shooting victim David James Elliott) that I received from your office.

During said interview BCI Special Agent Michael Ness refers extensively to police-cam evidence.

At the 9:48 marker on the audio SA Ness said “He is on the trooper’s video camera….” – referring to video from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

At the 13:06 marker on the audio SA Ness said, “Sgt. Schneider’s in-car camera is the best there…” referring to video from the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office.

At the 14:47 marker on the audio SA Ness said, “You can see him on one of the body cameras…” referring to Grand Forks Police body cam video.

I am requesting the aforementioned data.

Respectfully,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Author/Journalist/Publisher

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

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North Dakota police chief is in deep

Mark Nelson needs to stop talking about Evan Poitra and other people’s babies

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on December 16, 2016, 12:15 P.M. CST

Grand Forks Police Chief Mark nelson is getting deeper and deeper into his slimy efforts to stall his imminent demise.

In today’s issue of the Grad Forks Herald, Nelson was once again featured in an oversized picture using sleek shadow art to push a bogus narrative regarding his fight against drugs in the community (last time he was in a giant photo holding a rifle).

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But, Nelson just can’t ‘hoax media’ himself out of the trouble he is in (neither could Hillary Clinton).

In July, 2016, Nelson issued a ‘Special Order’ so police-cam video of a police shooting of an unarmed man in Grand Forks could be destroyed right in the middle of Write Into Action’s independent investigation.

If Nelson was truly one of the good guys he would ‘find’ the deleted videos and show them to the public.

But, he’s not one of the good guys folks.

Mark Nelson is such a scum-bag he continues to use the name of dead children and talk about funerals that were caused by drugs flowing into the area through a law enforcement drug trafficking ring.

Write Into Action will soon show the public what is really going on, which includes murder cover ups and very scared witnesses that say they are afraid to talk because they are being watched and are afraid for their children.

Have your boys leave some more human body parts laying around campgrounds, Mark.

It don’t matter – I got your number.

The following communications were made by Write Into Action yesterday.

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Public Relations Manager 
Altru Health Systems 
Altru Hospital 
Grand Forks, North Dakota

December 15, 2016

Dear Altru,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

I am presently reviewing BCI interviews conducted in this matter. During the interview between BCI agents and David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, many medical providers were personally named.

According to Jennifer Elliott, Barbara Norman factually knew and expressed her knowledge that David Elliott was addicted to medication.

According to Jennifer Elliott, during the BCI interview she (Jennifer) confronted Barbara Norman about the issue. She told agents she confronted Barbara Norman about the fact she (Norman) was not documenting the fact David Elliott was addicted to the medication. Jennifer Elliott said Barbara Norman replied, “Oh do you want me to put that in there”. Jennifer Elliott said she replied, “You’re the doctor you want me to tell you what you put in the notes”.

Jennifer Elliott further told agents that Altru did not like her (Jennifer) attending the appointments.

The BCI agents were very intent on obtaining copies of Mr. Elliott’s medical records during the shooting investigation.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: North Dakota Attorney General

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

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Liz Brocker
North Dakota Attorney General

December 15, 2016

Ms. Brocker,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

During an interview between BCI agents and David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, Special Agent Michael Ness spoke of (former) UND police officer Jerad Braaten (now GFPD officer) and said “The times I worked with [Jerad Braaten] he’s a very good officer. He’s very meticulous. Attention to detail.”

Records absolutely prove nothing about Jerad Braaten’s conduct or actions on the night he shot David James Elliott indicate he was “meticulous” with “attention to detail”. He was not wearing his body-cam until a few minutes before he shot David Elliott (although he was supposedly working that night (although he was not scheduled to work) and training an intern (which also appears unscheduled); the body-cam was fixed to capture no visual. His dash-cam is not listed in BCI evidence (disappeared). His body-cam was found (hidden) under his squad car. He was ultimately reprimanded in writing by UND Police Chief Eric Plummer regarding his police-cam issues.

I am curious as to why Special Agent Ness made this flattering comment to Jennifer Elliott considering he (Ness) had already questioned Jerad Braaten and knew about the aforementioned misconduct.

I am wondering if Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has any comment on this and/or other serious issues surrounding this case.

I am wondering if Special Agent Ness is qualified to conduct investigations.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth 
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

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From: Timothy Charles Holmseth [mailto:tholmseth@wiktel.com] 
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:21 PM
To: ‘eric.plummer@und.ed’
Cc: ‘lbrocker@nd.gov’
Subject: Attn: Police Chief Plummer

Eric Plummer
Chief of Police
University of North Dakota

December 15, 2016

Mr. Plummer,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

During an interview between BCI agents and David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, she said she knew you from her job in “accounts payable” at the University of North Dakota. She said you spoke to her regarding the shooting of her husband and told her you (or someone) was trying to call him on the telephone on the night in question. She pointed out the strangeness of your statement because David Elliott was on the telephone with 911 the whole night until he was shot by your police officer.

If you would like to comment on Jennifer Elliott’s statement please feel free.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth 
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: North Dakota Attorney General

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

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Anthony Dumas
Chief of Police
Grafton Police Department

December 15, 2016

Chief Dumas,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

In reviewing BCI interviews, David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, and her mother, [Margaret] Dolan, told agents they were told by (former) Walsh County Sheriff Loren Wild that Jerad Braaten was employed at the Grafton Police Department and was asked to leave.

I would like to know if Jerad Braaten has had ANY affiliation whatsoever with the Grafton Police Department.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth 
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: North Dakota Attorney General

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

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Neil Carlson
KVLY
Valley News Live

December 15, 2016

Mr. Carlson,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

I am reviewing BCI interviews that include David Elliott’s wife Jennifer Elliott and her mother, Barbra Dolan. During the interview you are mentioned by name and KVLY is accused of publishing fake news.

Nolan and Elliott mentioned an article regarding assertions Jennifer Elliott had obtained a lawyer and was going to sue.

Nolan said, “They manipulate and lie, boy”.

Jennifer Elliott said, “The one day I came home and I just lay down on the couch for a little bit and I’m laying there and you know how they give out the news – the little blip – the advertisement coming up – and I think they said; it was KVLY; well we talked to Jennifer Elliott or something were going to give a update; I sat up off the couch said ‘did they just say…” I’ve never spoken with them. They were calling me wanting to interview – I just said no … I’ve never given them any information whatsoever”.

There was considerable commentary about you.

My research at this point indicates you have done very, very little (if any) investigating in this matter, which would naturally include obtaining police-cams and the 911 call from the pursuit and shooting.

I will likely be publishing content regarding KVLY; feel free to comment on any questions surrounding your journalistic integrity regarding this police shooting story.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: North Dakota Attorney General

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

 

KVLY accused of publishing fake news by family of police shooting victim

BCI Investigator: “You’ve got to realize they’re all owned by the same people”

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on December 15, 2016, 6:05 P.M. CST

“It appears a lawsuit may already be brewing, following the shooting of a man by a UND Police Officer in Grand Forks last weekend”

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That was the lead line of a story published by Neil Carlson of KVLY following the shooting of David James Elliott – the unarmed man shot by a rookie University of North Dakota police officer in front of Grand Forks, North Dakota hospital emergency room in 2015.

But Jennifer Elliott – Carlson’s source – said it was not true.

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Carlson, a reporter with KVLY (Valley News Live) allegedly published the fake news story after Jennifer Elliott refused to grant him an interview.

Interviews conducted by agents of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) with Jennifer Elliott (David Elliott’s wife at the time of the shooting), and her mother, Margaret Dolan, reveal the two family members were greatly affected and distraught by the false reporting of KVLY.

According to Jennifer Elliott and Dolan, Carlson hounded Jennifer Elliott for an interview; promising her the station could use methods to disguise her identity but she declined.

Jennifer Elliott said KVLY then simply fooled their viewers into believing they had interviewed her by stating they had talked to her. Jennifer Elliott said when she heard the news station publish a teaser that they had talked; she was terrified at what they might have made up about the non-existent interview.

Jennifer Elliott said Carlson had other people contact her through Facebook to give her his cell phone number.

Dolan also said she knows the Grand Forks Herald, another publication in North Dakota, can’t be trusted but noted she has just gotten used to it.

“You’ve got to realize they’re all owned by the same people,” said BCI agent Michael Ness.

In a related story from August, 2016, Write Into Action exposed WDAZ, another North Dakota news station, after producers collaborated with presenters to fool their viewers about the same police shooting by hiding time-stamps of police-cam video so the public could not put together that the times of the body-cams did not match the dash-cams.

Write Into Action recently published a video showing BCI agents tried to provide the police shooter with a cover story after his body-cam was found hidden under his squad car.

Write Into Action contacted Neil Carlson earlier today for his side of the story but he did not respond.

The Office of North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was contacted for comment but stated state law does not require them to comment.

Neil Carlson
KVLY
Valley News Live

December 15, 2016

Mr. Carlson,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

I am reviewing BCI interviews that include David Elliott’s wife Jennifer Elliott and her mother, [Margaret Dolan]. During the interview you are mentioned by name and KVLY is accused of publishing fake news.

Nolan and Elliott mentioned an article regarding assertions Jennifer Elliott had obtained a lawyer and was going to sue.

Nolan said, “They manipulate and lie, boy”.

Jennifer Elliott said, “The one day I came home and I just lay down on the couch for a little bit and I’m laying there and you know how they give out the news – the little blip – the advertisement coming up – and I think they said; it was KVLY; well we talked to Jennifer Elliott or something were going to give a update; I sat up off the couch said ‘did they just say…” I’ve never spoken with them. They were calling me wanting to interview – I just said no … I’ve never given them any information whatsoever”.

There was considerable commentary about you.

My research at this point indicates you have done very, very little (if any) investigating in this matter, which would naturally include obtaining police-cams and the 911 call from the pursuit and shooting.

I will likely be publishing content regarding KVLY; feel free to comment on any questions surrounding your journalistic integrity regarding this police shooting story.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: North Dakota Attorney General

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

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VIDEO: Watch North Dakota police officers hide body-cam under squad car

State investigators provided shooter cover story during recorded interview

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on December 7, 2016, 12:40 P.M. CST

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Pembina County police shooting cover-up

BCI records show official version clashes with eyewitness account

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on October 27, 2016, 7:48 A.M. CST

Law enforcement and government officials in drug and crime infested North Dakota face yet another police shooting scandal – this time in Pembina County.

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

Clifford Edward Monteith III

Clifford Edward Monteith III

Media reports at the time described a scene that involved Monteith, the passenger of a vehicle, abruptly exiting the vehicle and physically attacking the deputy and chasing him with a knife before stealing his keys so the deputy could not pursue him.

BCI interviews show those characterizations of the event were largely false.

No media reports ever mentioned Monteith and his girlfriend had traveled from Grand Forks to Neche to look for “the Neche house” and the Grand Forks County Narcotics Task Force immediately became involved after the shooting.

Court records showed the case against Monteith was closed on October 17, 2016 after a plea deal was reached.

The settlement was widely reported.

Man accused of brutally attacking deputy pleads guilty

October 18, 2016

PEMBINA, N.D. (AP) – A Grand Forks man accused of attacking a deputy sheriff in Pembina County before being shot has pleaded guilty under a deal with prosecutors.

Authorities say 27-year-old Clifford Monteith III pinned Deputy Brad Bowman to the ground during a June 6 traffic stop in Neche, beat and choked him, and tried to grab the officer’s gun. Monteith then allegedly chased Bowman with a knife when Bowman broke free, and the officer shot him.

Monteith initially faced nine charges including attempted murder. Prosecutors dropped that charge, and Monteith on Monday pleaded guilty to five charges including assault.

The plea deal calls for him to serve 15 years in prison.

However – court records show that on October 18, 2016 an Arrest Warrant was served upon Monteith (who was already in custody) for felony Aggravated Assault and Terrorizing.

The prosecution for the State of North Dakota is Haley Wamstad, Grand Forks County State’s Attorney‘s Office.

Is there a reason law enforcement in Grand Forks wants to keep Monteith jacked up on more felony charges?

Let’s take a look at what was going on behind the facade put up by law enforcement’s media arm, Forum Communications. .

On October 16, 2016 Write Into Action submitted a records request to the North Dakota Attorney General for the BCI investigative records of the Bowman/Monteith shooting.

The North Dakota Attorney General’s office replied on October 17.

“I am responding to your request for records involving Clifford Edward Monteith III and Deputy Brad Bowman. No records will be provided because the requested records are exempt pursuant to N.D.C.C. Section 44-04-18.7,” said Liz Brocker, public information officer, ND AG.

On October 19 Write Into Action re-submitted the records request for the BCI files on the Bowman/Monteith shooting.

October 19, 2016

Liz,

I am re-issuing my request for records regarding Clifford Edward Monteith III. The reason I am re-issuing it is because Clifford Monteith has been sentenced (see Grand Forks Herald link below).

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4139554-grafton-man-who-attacked-pembina-county-deputy-sentenced-15-years-prison

Thanks,
Tim

On October 20 Write Into Action contacted Brocker about the records again.

October 20, 2016

Liz,

I am holding a story that includes information about the shooting of Clifford Monteith.

Per below, I re-issued my public records request regarding the Monteith case yesterday. I re-issued it based upon the fact the case is closed.

I plan to hold the story through this morning to give your office fair opportunity to respond.

Thanks,
Tim

Brocker responded on October 20. “We will be happy to provide a cost and time estimate, shortly,” she said.

Write Into Action has since received the files.

bowman-monteith-bci-records

So why did the Grand Forks County States Attorney’s Office take an interest in charging Monteith with more felonies after he had reached a plea deal that sent him to prison for 15 years?

The bizarre circumstances surrounding the Bowman/Monteith shooting may actually rival the shooting of David James Elliott, an unarmed man shot in a hospital parking lot by a University of North Dakota police officer in neighboring Grand Forks County in 2015.

Both the Bowman/Monteith and Braaten/Elliott shootings appear to be violent interactions between police and drug traffickers that are part of the same criminal enterprise; after something has gone wrong.

THE OFFICIAL STORY OF THE CLIFFORD MONTEITH SHOOTING IS CONTRADICTED BY AN EYEWITNESS

According to Deputy Bradley Bowman, on Sunday, June 5, 2016, shortly after midnight, he observed an SUV on Highway 18 driving slowly.

Bowman said he pulled up to the SUV, which had stopped alongside the road. The SUV was driven by Rebecca Rausch, Grand Forks. Clifford Edward Monteith III, Rauch’s boyfriend, was a passenger in the vehicle.

The following is a summary of Deputy Bowman’s account of events:

  1. Bowman radioed dispatch at 12:18 A.M. but received no response.
  1. Bowman approached the vehicle and asked Rausch if she was lost. He asked her to exit the vehicle. He talked to her. He asked Rausch how she got a black eye. Rauch told him somebody other than Monteith did it.  She said she and Monteith were looking for the “Neche House”.
  1. Bowman told Rausch to get back in the vehicle.
  1. Bowman then asked Monteith to exit the vehicle, which he did. Monteith did not want to tell Bowman his name. Monteith attacked Bowman. Monteith pulled a knife. Bowman deployed a tazer. The tazer failed. The two men fought. The two men ended up in Bowman’s squad car (Monteith on the driver’s side).
  1. Bowman shot Monteith three times in self defense. Bowman radioed “shots fired” at 12:23 A.M.
  1. Monteith exited Bowman’s squad car; got into the SUV driven by Rausch; and they fled.
  1. Bowman radioed dispatch that the maroon SUV was southbound on Highway 18 at 12:24 A.M.

But – not so fast.

An eyewitness account by Sara Letexier, a passing motorist that spoke directly with Bowman during the event, blows gaping holes in the official story because of what she saw and heard when she pulled up to the scene.

Letexier spoke with the media (WDAZ-TV) and was interviewed by the BCI (the BCI interview with Letexier is astonishingly short for an eyewitness to an attempted murder of a police officer).

The first discrepancy is the timeline.

Sara Letexier stated she came upon the scene at approximately 12:35 a.m. Sara Letexier stated she saw a person on the roadway and a deputy. The deputy told Sara Letexier she should find a different way home because he was attacked.
– BCI / Special Agent Kraft / Sara Letexier Interview

So – according to Letexier, there is a person lying on the road and the attack is over. As you will see; this does not fit the official version at all.

Bowman radioed “shots fired” at 12:23 A.M. (12 minutes earlier than Letexier recalls arriving). He radioed that the SUV was southbound on Highway 18 at 12:24 A.M.

That means that Bowman shot Monteith; and within a minute or so Monteith fled the scene in a vehicle.

No time to lay around the road while Letexier is talking to Bowman.

Letexier saw a “sedan” at the scene.

Sara Letexier stated she saw a sedan in front of the deputy’s patrol vehicle, but could not describe it.
– BCI / Special Agent Kraft / Sara Letexier Interview

Letexier heard gun shots.

Sara Letexier stated she later heard a gunshot. S/A Kraft was told by Sheriff Terry Meidinger a report of fireworks was reported in the downtown area of Neche, North Dakota.
– BCI / Special Agent Kraft / Sara Letexier Interview

“I heard the gunshots as well and that was kind of scary,” Letexier said.

Here’s what you have:

  1. Letexier pulled up to the scene
  2. Letexier saw a man lying on the road
  3. Letexier saw a vehicle (other than the squad car)
  4. Letexier talked to Deputy Bowman
  5. Bowman told Letexier he had been attacked
  6. Letexier heard gunshots (It’s not clear by the records if Letexier heard the gun shots while she was at the scene, or after she exited. The BCI report indicates it was after she left the scene).

THE MAN LYING IN THE ROAD

“I just kind of rolled up in the middle of it. I could see the man in the road, he was crumpled,” Letexier told WDAZ.

Letexier told WDAZ she talked to Bowman. “He seemed like he was out of breath, he said I’ve been attacked,” Letextier said.

Letexier says there was a person lying on the road and the attack is over.

That is entirely inconsistent with dispatch logs that show Bowman called in “shots fired” and then radioed the shooting victim had fled the scene within about a minute.

STRANGE AND MUTUAL OMMISSION

In their interviews with BCI, neither Bowman nor Rausch describe a time when Monteith is laying in the road while Bowman talks to a passing motorist.

In fact – no BCI summary makes any mention of Bowman or Rausch ever mentioning that a motorist pulled up and talked to Bowman.

Here are their accounts, and as you will see, neither Bowman nor Rausch’s account has Monteith lying in the road.

CLIFFORD MONTEITH III told Deputy BRAD BOWMAN he could not feel his arm after the shots were fired. Deputy BRAD BOWMAN stated Rebecca Rausch was also yelling, “You shot him!” CLIFFORD MONTEITH III exited Deputy BRAD BOWMAN’s patrol vehicle and entered Rebecca Rausch’s vehicle and they drove away.
– BCI / Special Agent Kraft / Deputy Brad Bowman Interview
Rebecca Rausch stated that CLIFFORD MONTEITH III exited PCSO squad car #4504 and entered her vehicle, sitting in the front passenger seat. CLIFFORD MONTEITH III said, “Let’s go,” and at first (1st) told her to go to the hospital, but then instructed her to take him to their residence located at 2129 17th Street Northeast in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
– BCI / Special Agent Ness / Rebecca Rausch Interview

Write Into Action has reason to believe the Bowman/Monteith shooting and Braaten/ Elliott shooting are related to a drug trafficking operation that involves members of law enforcement and military personnel.

The criminal enterprise involves members of the Grand Forks County Narcotics Task Force, Minnesota Pine to Prairie Task Force, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office, Grand Forks Police Department, University of North Dakota Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office (Minnesota), and East Grand Forks Police Department.

Write Into Action continues to investigate.

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