Posts Tagged ‘Jerad Bratten’

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

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

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

David Elliott on Bridge

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

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

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

Here’s why.

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

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

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

for more on the second passenger read – – – Altru shooting 911 records: ‘Second person’ and ‘thousands of pills’ cast doubt upon official narrative of Altru police shooting – Did call to police by Wells Fargo cleaning lady interrupt drug activity involving law enforcement?

There is evidence to suggest the passenger got out of the vehicle at some point after police terminated the first pursuit, due to Elliott’s calling 911 during the chase and telling the police to back off or he would run his vehicle into a bridge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elliott was unarmed.

No released video shows the actual shooting.

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

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

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

He claims he can’t remember the event.

Write Into Action continues to investigate.


NDBCI Records: Evidence indicates NBBCI agents attempted to hide evidence in police shooting investigation

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on March 23, 2016, 12:50 P.M. CST

Write Into Action has learned from a confidential source that Altru Hospital has been under investigation for ‘pills’ since at least October of 2015.

The source said she was present when an E/R doctor at Altru told her friend he could not prescribe her any mediation for pain management because Altru was “under investigation” for that.

Altru is tied to the David James Elliott pursuit and shooting in several ways.

Altru Health System

According to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), “Thousands of prescription pills” were found in the vehicle of David Elliott after he was shot in the Altru parking lot following a police pursuit that began on February 27, 20105.

Ironically, David Elliott’s troubles on February 27, 2015, appear to have begun at Altru. David Elliott, and his wife, Jennifer Elliott, visited Altru on the day of the pursuit/shooting.

“On February 27, 2015, DAVID ELLIOTT had a doctor’s appointment at 7:50 a.m. At that time DAVID ELLIOTT was advised that his physician was no longer going to prescribe medications to DAVID ELLIOTT,” the BCI said.

According to BCI investigative reports there was six prescription bottles prescribed to David Elliott. The report also contained a stand alone entry that said, “Also, located during the search of the vehicle were thousands of prescription pills.”

The BCI investigative records reveal David Elliott’s pick-up truck looked like a traveling pharmacy.

However – David Elliott was never charged with any crime regarding the pills or drugs.


Write Into Action is investigating a situation that involves ‘power of attorney’ papers that were in David Elliott’s vehicle at the time he was shot.

BCI evidence inventory receipts reveal “Durable Power of Attorney” documents were found in David Elliott’s vehicle.

Records show the BCI executed a search warrant on David Elliott’s vehicle on March 4, 2015. During that search, BCI agents recorded finding prescription bottles and “thousands of pills”.

However, NO entry is made on the evidence log for “Durable Power of Attorney Papers”.

On March 10, 2015, BCI agents Michael J. Ness, and Scott Kraft met with Jennifer Elliott at the NDBCI office in Grand Forks.

The report said, “At 10:01 a.m., Special Agent (S/A) Michael J. Ness and S/A Scott Kraft met with Jennifer Elliott and her mother at the Grand Forks office of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NDBCI). S/A Ness advised Jennifer Elliott of the officer involved shooting investigation in regard to DAVID ELLIOTT. It should be noted that Jennifer Elliott had specific questions regarding the investigation”

“Jennifer Elliott asked if she would be able to obtain the durable power of attorney paperwork that was in DAVID ELLIOTT’s vehicle. S/A Ness provided the durable power of attorney paperwork to Jennifer Elliott. (Please see copy of Evidence Inventory and Receipt, Attachment #2.),” the report said.

Records show a stand alone BCI inventory receipt was then created on March 10, 2015, that included only one item – “Durable Power of Attorney Paperwork” that was located in “Vehicle of David Elliott”.

The stand alone receipt is dated March 10, 2015, but no ‘time’ is given. However, the receipts for prior search warrants contain a ‘time’.

The paperwork was signed for by Jennifer Elliott at 10:54 A.M. on March 10, 2016.

The original omission of the paperowrk found during a search warrant by the BCI is suspicious.

Unless the BCI agent quick left the meeting with Jennifer Elliott; went and did another search of David Elliott’s vehicle; found the power of attorney paperwork; documented the search; returned and gave it to Jennifer Elliott; all in less than an hour; the evidence shows the BCI attempted to hide evidence in an official investigation of a police shooting.

Write Into Action is investigating the relevance of the ‘Durable Power of Attorney’ paperwork that he and his wife apparently prepared, and how it may factor in to David Elliott’s alleged threats to committ suicide on the night in question, while simultaneously attempting to reach Altru Hospital (while the police formed a gauntlet to stop him).

Write Into Action has discovered the following thus far.

  • Jerad Bratten was not scheduled to work the day he shot David Elliott
  • Jerad Bratten was not wearing his regular uniform the day he shot David Elliott
  • Jerad Bratten did not insert his video card into the in-car camera and recorded nothing
  • Jerad Bratten began his unscheduled shift at about the same time police began chasing David Elliott
  • Jerad Bratten’s body-camera recorded nothing pertinent
  • Video of the police pursuit of David Elliott reveals the BCI has attempted to place GFSO Deputy Andy Schneider in two separate locations at exactly 11 P.M., February, 27, 2015

Bratten BCI No Cameras

Write Into Action’s investigation continues.