Posts Tagged ‘police shooting cover up’

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
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     – George Orwell

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Severed human fingers found at Minnesota campground are in fact connected to police shooting case

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on November 5, 2016, 11:03 A.M. CST

Is there a psychopath working as a police officer in Grand Forks, North Dakota?

There is news to report in the case of the two severed human fingers found on a picnic table at Red River Valley Campground in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Police records show a Grand Forks police officer could be the person that obtained the two fingers for public placement at the campground.

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BACKGROUND

On May 26, 2016 a family staying at the campground in East Grand Forks contacted the police after finding two human fingers sitting on a picnic table.

The identity of the fingers’ human origin became a mystery that would need to be solved by the Minnesota BCA crime lab using DNA.

In June, 2016, Write Into Action initiated an independent journalistic investigation into the case involving the two fingers at the campground. The investigation would run parallel to Write Into Action’s existing investigation into a police shooting of an unarmed man in Grand Forks where the victim had two fingers blown off.

On August 25, 2016 the East Grand Forks Police Department issued a news release stating the fingers found in the campground matched a 23 year-old male that suffered great bodily injury in a fireworks accident that occurred in Grand Forks, North Dakota on April 30, 2016.

The remaining mystery surrounding the fingers was the question of how the human body parts made their way to the picnic table across the Red River at a campground.

Write Into Action is now reporting the two fingers found at the campground are in fact connected to the police shooting case.

The connection is Grand Forks Police officer Jerad Braaten.

On February 28, 2015, UND police officer Jerad Braaten emptied his clip into David James Elliott in the parking lot of Altru Hospital.

Elliott was holding his cell phone to his ear at the time of the shooting because he was talking to an officer over 911. Elliott knew he was going to be shot and arranged via 911 to personally meet GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger in front of the Altru Emergency Room. Before Bullinger could reach the scene, Braaten approached Elliott with his gun drawn, forcing Elliott to attempt to flee on four flat tires. Two of Elliott’s fingers were blown off because Braaten unloaded into Elliott’s head.

Write Into Action obtained Braaten’s body-cam from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Although it captured no useful video because Braaten deliberately situated it wrong on his shirt, the audio captured Braaten and a female UND police intern cynically plotting against Elliott.

Braaten was reprimanded in writing by UND Police Chief Eric Plummer for actions he took regarding his police cams (his dash cam disappeared and his body-cam was found hidden underneath his squad car).

Within a year, Braaten was inexplicably hired onto the Grand Forks Police Department by Chief Mark Nelson.

In June, 2016, during Write Into Action’s investigation into the police shooting, Nelson issued a ‘Special Order’ that changed the GFPD’s retention dates for police-cam evidence of the shooting so it could all be destroyed.

Write Into Action is now reporting Jerad Braaten was at the scene of the April 30, 2016 fireworks accident.

Police records show Braaten filed a police report at the scene.

Braaten had access to the fingers that disappeared until they surfaced on May 26, 2016 in a campground.

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by Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 14, 2016, 8:56 A.M. CST

On August 10, 2016, Timothy Charles Holmseth submitted a Petition to the United States District Court – District of North Dakota, for an Injunction against every agency known to have collected records and video in the police shooting of David James Elliott.

Nelson Plummer Rost

 

United States District Court

District of North Dakota

 

Timothy Charles Holmseth

                         Plaintiff,

v.

City of Grand Forks/Grand Forks Police Department, University of North Dakota/University of North Dakota Police Department, State of North Dakota/North Dakota Highway Patrol, County of Grand Forks/Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Forks County PSAP, Altru Health Systems

                           Defendants,

 

 

 

 

 

MOTION FOR EMERGENCY

INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

 

INTRODUCTION

PETITIONER is not an attorney.

Due to that fact, PETITIONER previously and improperly petitioned the U.S. Court in the District of Minnesota on this matter – Case Number 16-CV-2496 (JRT/LIB. That Petition was subsequently dismissed Without Prejudice due to jurisdiction related matters.

The Judge in the Minnesota filing stated that by “all appearances” the action could have been filed in the U.S. Court – District North Dakota under 28 U.S. Code 1391.

PETITIONER was provided court forms by the U.S. Court in Minnesota to apply for permission to proceed Pro Se based upon income. That application was dismissed as MOOT.

PETITIONER requests the Court provide proper application forms for requesting permission from the Court to proceed PRO SE until such time PETITIONER can achieve legal counsel.

PETITIONER request necessary forms to apply for Court permission to have documents served by the U.S. Marshalls.

PARTIES

PETITIONER, Timothy Charles Holmseth, is a citizen of the State of Minnesota and resides at 320 17th Street N.W, Unit 17, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

RESPONDENTS all reside in the State of North Dakota.

  1. City of Grand Forks/Grand Forks Police Department, 122 South 5th Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  2. University of North Dakota/University of North Dakota Police Department, 300 Twamley Hall, 264 Centennial Drive, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  3. Altru Health Systems, 1000 South Columbia Road, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  4. Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, 122 South 5th Street, Grand Forks
  5. Grand Forks Public Service Access Point, 122 South 5th Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  6. Grand Forks States Attorney, 124 South 4th Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  7. North Dakota Highway Patrol, 1100 North 47th Street, STE 200, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

JURISDICTION

PETITIONER believes all wrongful acts, crimes, and torts set forth herein have taken place in the State of North Dakota.

PETITIONER is a resident of East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

PETITIONER believes the United States District Court, District of North Dakota has jurisdiction over the aforementioned Parties and the subject matter stated herein.

PETITIONER believes the North Dakota Federal Court has Venue per 28 U.S. Code 1391.

PETITIONER’S BACKGROUND

PETITIONER is a journalist, author, publisher, songwriter, and media specialist.

PETITIONER has been interviewed by the Minneapolis FBI regarding the kidnapping of HaLeigh Ann-Marie Cummings based upon the FBI’s request for information from PETITIONER’S recorded journalistic interviews with suspects in that case.

PETITIONER was deemed “credible” by Special Agent A.J. Eilerman, Minneapolis FBI.

PETITIONER has received security clearance through the United States Department of Agriculture to enter the secure spaces of a federal facility.

PETITIONER has received first place award from the North Dakota Newspaper Association for reporting and writing.

PETITIONER has participated in a large scale documentary production regarding FBI information pertaining to mass-shooting attacks on Planned Parenthood facilities; and the murder of JonBenet Ramsey.

STATEMENT OF FACTS

PETITIONER believes the facts and circumstances that surround this civil action potentially affect the very safety and well being of the national public and national security.

PETITIONER has been notified by the Grand Forks Police Department that said agency intends to destroy police body-cam and dash-cam public records regarding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott (hereby referred to as the Elliott Event) that occurred on February 27-28, 2015 in the State of North Dakota.

PETITIONER seeks for the Federal Court to halt any and all destruction of files pertaining to the Elliott Event.

PETITIONER has standing requests for public records from multiple agencies.

PETITIONER is being improperly denied public records by DEFENDANT CITY OF GRAND FORKS/GRAND FORKS POLICE DEPARTMENT (hereby referred to as GFPD).

PETITIONER is seeking the fulfillment of his Public Records requests from all agencies.

All the aforementioned Parties were involved in the Elliott Event and accumulated records regarding the pursuit and shooting.

PETITIONER has been regularly requesting public records from involved agencies regarding the Elliott Event. PETITIONER has paid many applicable fees for said public records.

PETITIONER has been regularly reporting on the Elliott Event at www.writeintoaction.com and https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735 and https://haleighcummingsdotme.wordpress.com/ and https://eastgrandforks.wordpress.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To6NCQ9npr8

PETITIONER has received police-cam evidence from the GFPD that has clearly been altered using a video editor to prevent PETITIONER, and the public, from knowing the true facts and circumstances surrounding the pursuit and police shooting of David James Elliott.

PETITIONER has published a short video that serves as Prima Facie evidence that criminal alterations of police-cams have occurred. PETITIONER is enclosing a CD with this Petition that features the video showing how the body-cams have been altered.

DEFENDANT GFPD via Police Chief Mark Nelson, set forth a “Special Order” on June 26, 2016 to change the retention dates on police-cam evidence in the GFPD’s custody after PETITIONER discovered cam evidence and had been altered to hide criminal and nefarious acts.

PETITONER asserts the “Special Order” was made in bad faith and was done in the act of a Criminal Conspiracy.

RESPONDENT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA – UNIVERITY OF NORTH DAKOTA POLICE DEPARTMENT (hereby referred to as UNDPD) has provided PETITIONER public records that appear to be altered and/or tampered with.

PETITIONER has been threatened by anonymous persons using voice changing software over the telephone and Web and warned to remove all of his websites or suffer serious consequences. PETITIONER’S children and grandchild have also been threatened.

PETITIONER has obtained evidence that shows RESPONDENT(S) are involved in the commission of state and federal crimes including Conspiracy and Attempted Murder.

RESPONDENT GFPD is planning to destroy evidence for the express purpose that it shows RESPONDENT(s) attempted to murder an unarmed man, David James Elliott; and for the purpose of destroying evidence to avoid prosecution.

PETITIONER argues the following supports an Injunction:

Irreparable Harm: If RESPONDENT destroys the files in question, they will never again be retrievable through RESPONDENT’S Keeper of Records.

Clear Legal Right: PETITIONER has a clear legal right to the files, which are public record.

Consideration of Public Interest: There exists a clear public safety issue connected to this case and the files.

Legal Challenge: The stated basis for RESPONDENT’S decision to destroy the files is subject to legal challenge.

CONCLUSION

PETITIONER respectfully requests the United States District Court issue an Injunction forbidding the destruction of GFPD IR#201501332 and/or any police-cam evidence until further order of the Court.

The Order further forbids the destruction of any related files held by the University of North Dakota Police Department, Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Forks County States Attorney’s office, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Altru Health Systems, and Grand Forks County PSAP.

Very Respectfully Submitted,

Timothy Charles Holmseth

Pro Se

 

 

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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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Abracadabra! – BCI investigation into police shooting of unarmed man contains impossibilities and absurdities – – – Wayne Stenehjem’s BCI uses magic to justify police shooting

GFPD records clerk could not provide ‘Time’ of the 911 call she was transcribing – – -Official narrative regarding police shooting of unarmed man in serious question

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?

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Wayne Stenehjem’s BCI uses magic to justify police shooting

ND AG Wayne Stenehjem

ND AG Wayne Stenehjem

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 5, 2016, 9:08 P.M. CST

David James Elliott was shot by UND Police Officer Jared Braaten at 12:47 A.M., 2015 in the Altru hospital emergency room parking lot in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Braaten shot Elliott six times, including three times in the head, because Elliott bumped into Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Sgt. Andy Schneider’s SUV.

But…

Wait…

Abracadabra . . .

According to investigative interviews by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Bureau Investigation (BCI), Sgt. Schneider was eating at the Grand Forks Air Force Base with GFSO deputy Nathan Moen, while Elliott was being shot.

The BCI investigation into the police shooting of the unarmed man contains impossibilities and absurdities that are wholly unacceptable.

“Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Moen indicated that he and Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider ate lunch at the Grand Forks Air Force Base at approximately 11:55 p.m.,” said BCI special agent Michael J. Ness.

“Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Moen and Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider left the Grand Forks Air Force Base at approximately 12:55 a.m.,” Ness said.

But the egregiousness of the discrepancies is even worse than that.

The BCI interviews record Schneider and Moen were both involved in pursuing Elliott down I-29 in separate vehicles during the same time they were supposedly eating at the GFAB.

Another bizarre entry by Ness said, “Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Moen and Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider went to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, North Dakota, at approximately 11:00 p.m., to have dinner.”

Dash cam video from Grand Forks Police Department officer Dan Harvala’s squad car captured  during the initial pursuit of David James Elliot, shows Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Sgt. Andy Schneider standing by the side of I-29 near Thompson, North Dakota at 11:09 P.M., February, 27, 2015.

Sgt. Andy Schneider, GFSO, is seen standing on the side of I-29 at 11:09 P.M., February 27, 2015, after the first pursuit of David James Elliott was terminated. Elliott was shot at 12:47 A.M., February 28, 2015 in the emergency room parking lot of Altru hospital by UND police officer Jared Braaten after Elliott bumped into Schneider's SUV. However, BCI interviews of involved officers after the shooting have Schneider eating dinner at the Grand Forks Air Force Base from 11:55 P.M. to 12:55 A.M.

Sgt. Andy Schneider, GFSO, is seen standing on the side of I-29 at 11:09 P.M., February 27, 2015, after the first pursuit of David James Elliott was terminated. Elliott was shot at 12:47 A.M., February 28, 2015 in the emergency room parking lot of Altru hospital by UND police officer Jared Braaten after Elliott bumped into Schneider’s SUV. However, BCI interviews of involved officers after the shooting have Schneider eating dinner at the Grand Forks Air Force Base from 11:55 P.M. to 12:55 A.M.

While it is theoretically possible Schneider left the I-29 location following the termination of the first pursuit at 11:09 P.M., and then traveled to the GFAB to eat dinner with Moen; that version coincides with the two men eating at 11:55 P.M. and leaving at 12:55 A.M.

But – Elliott was shot at 12:47 A.M. for bumping into Schneider’s vehicle in the Altru parking lot – so it’s impossible.

The Grand Forks Sheriff's Office SUV with a damaged bumper. The vehicle was driven by GFSO Sgt. Andy Schneider the night a police officer shot David James Elliott six times, including three times in the head, for hitting Schneider's vehicle. BCI interviews have Schneider eating dinner at the Grand Forks Air Force Base at the same time Elliott was being shot.

The Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office SUV with a damaged bumper. The vehicle was driven by GFSO Sgt. Andy Schneider the night a police officer shot David James Elliott six times, including three times in the head, for hitting Schneider’s vehicle. BCI interviews have Schneider eating dinner at the Grand Forks Air Force Base at the same time Elliott was being shot.

Thousands of pills were located in Elliott’s vehicle when the BCI executed a search warrant.

No criminal charges were ever brought against Elliott or any other person regarding those drugs.

Write Into Action is investigating the possibility that Elliott had a passenger with him during the first pursuit.

Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider positioned his vehicle at a crossover about one (1) mile north of the Thompson, North Dakota, exit. Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider notified Grand Forks Police Department that he had deployed his spike strips. Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider indicated that Grand Forks Police Department Sergeant Mark Ellingson terminated the pursuit. The Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) relayed that DAVID ELLIOTT had called 911 and told them that he was going to hurt himself or others if law enforcement did not quit following him. It should be noted that Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider did not have his emergency lights activated and walked into the ditch to avoid getting run into by DAVID ELLIOTT. DAVID ELLIOTT continued southbound on I-29. Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Moen and Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider went to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, North Dakota, at approximately 11:00 p.m., to have dinner.
– SA Michael J. Ness / ND BCI / March 2, 2015

Official narrative regarding police shooting of unarmed man in serious question

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 5, 2016, 7:20 A.M. CST

The Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) records clerk that transcribed the 911 call that preceded the police shooting of David James Elliott, did not know the ‘time’ of the call she was transcribing for an investigative journalist.

It’s kind of important.

The 911 call set into motion a high speed chase, police shooting of an unarmed man, and the subsequent seizure of thousands of pills in the suspect’s vehicle (for which no criminal charges were ever brought).

“The Time was not stated within the PSAP recording of the call therefore I have no way of knowing the exact time of the call,” said Penny Johnson, Records Administration Bureau, GFPD.

Lt. Derik Zimmel, GFPD, said the document provided to Write Into Action “fulfilled” the records request. It’s not known why the GFPD would not consider the actual time of a 911 call to be part of any 911 records request.

Lt. Zimmel, as well as Becky Ault, director of Grand Forks County PSAP, both responded to subsequent requests for clarification – both stated the time of the call was 10:41 P.M., February 27, 2015.

Becky Ault, Grand Forks County PSAP Director

Becky Ault, Grand Forks County PSAP Director

However, the box allotted for “Time” remains empty in the actual transcription record.

Specific times are the key to understanding what occurred – and what did not occur.

Write Into Action’s request was for public records regarding an incident described in the official police shooting investigation conducted by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) that said, “The cleaning woman inside the bank called in the complaint around 11:30 p.m., to 11:40 p.m.”

Lt. Zimmel said, “No such record exists.”

However – there appears to be a significant event that occurred at 11:30 P.M. on the night in question.

The BCI interview of ND State Trooper Brittany Schmidt said, “Trooper Schmidt stated the original call in regard to this case came in around 11 p.m.”

The BCI report continued, “Trooper Schmidt stated at 11:30 p.m., the vehicle from the earlier pursuit was located in Grand Forks. There was no pursuit at this time.”

The vehicle was located?

No pursuit?

Why?

Another anomalous statement regarding time is found in the BCI interview of GFPD officer Chris Brown who said he witnessed the pursuit at around 10:30 P.M.; which is before the 911 call was even made.

“In regard to the first (1st) pursuit, Grand Forks Police Department Officer Chris Brown said that he was at the Altru Hospital Emergency Room with a female that refused to leave, and a pursuit began at about 10:30 p.m./10:35 p.m. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Chris Brown saw the first (1st) pursuit proceed northbound on South Columbia Road past the Altru Hospital, but he was not involved. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Chris Brown continued with his call at the Altru Hospital Emergency Room until around 11:00 p.m.” the BCI report said.

How did Officer Brown observe a chase that began at 10:30/10:35 P.M. that was going north on Columbia Road past Altru when the pursuit did not begin until shortly before 11 P.M.?

The 11 P.M. start time for the pursuit is verified in a short video clip published by WDAZ TV.

“It started around 11 p.m. Friday February 27th when Grand Forks police tried to pull over a suspicious vehicle. Instead the driver of the vehicle, David Elliot, took off at speeds of more than 60 miles per hour thru a residential neighborhood,” WDAZ reported.

So what pursuit did Brown observe at 10:30/10:35 P.M.?

Write Into Action has identified a myriad of anomalies that call the official narrative in question.

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Did call to police by Wells Fargo cleaning lady interrupt drug activity involving law enforcement?

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 3, 2016, 1:22 P.M. CST

Was David James Elliott shot six times, including three times in the head, by a UND police officer, after a cleaning lady’s call to police interrupted drug activity in a vehicle that contained a law enforcement officer?

Evidence is emerging as Write Into Action investigates.

‘Thousands of pills’ and an ‘unidentified second person’ in the vehicle of the unarmed man shot by a UND police officer in February, 2015, is creating serious questions about the true events surrounding the Altru hospital parking lot shooting of David James Elliott.

Write Into Action has acquired a transcription of the call to police by Karen Yungen, the cleaning lady at Wells Fargo Bank, Grand Forks, who called police on February 27, 2015, reporting a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot.

In the transcription, which contains no “Time” for the call, Yungen said there’s “people in the truck”.

The Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) has never named any second person being in Elliott’s vehicle or involved in the events that unfolded, which involved:

  • High speed chase
  • Slow speed chase
  • One hour and fifteen minute cell phone call to 911 by David Elliott after the chase began where Elliott talked to GFPD officer Matt Bullinger
  • Shooting of David Elliott in the Altru hospital parking lot by UND police officer Jared Braaten
  • Thousands of pills in Elliott’s  vehicle

According to records obtained by Write Into Action from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Special Agent Quam reported, “Also, located during the search of the vehicle were thousands of prescription pills.”

Oddly, no criminal charges involving drugs were ever brought in the case, which is now concluded.

Statements by the GFPD appear to support Yungen’s reference to multiple persons in Elliott’s vehicle. During a press conference on March 3, 2015, Lt Dwight Love, GFPD, referred to more than one person being in the vehicle.

Reporter (Steve Wagner/Grand Forks Herald): So did an officer actually get out of the vehicle at Wells Fargo to communicate with him or was it something less than that?

Lt. Dwight Love: I don’t believe he did. I think as soon as the officer arrived on scene, they left.

BCI documents also reveal very strange discrepancies between the time of Yungen’s 10:41 P.M. call to police, and the time of the (Yungen) call stated in the BCI interview of the responding officer, Dan Harvala.

“The cleaning woman inside the bank called in the complaint around 11:30 p.m., to 11:40 p.m.”  the BCI report said.

Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala and Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matt Bullinger responded to a low 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.
-ND BCI

The significantly later, 11:30 – 11:40 P.M. time-window, stated in the BCI report, receives support in another statement made by Lt. Love where he refers to the call being made in the “morning hours”.

Reporter (female): What did the caller say was suspicious about the vehicle?

Lt. Dwight Love: Ummm, I guess I haven’t r… I can’t recall the report what was suspicious about that vehicle. I think it was in the Wells uhhh, Fargo bank parking lot – and it was at, in the morning hours so I think that in itself probably caused somebody to report that. That’s kind of odd at that time you know when the banks not open.

Questions also exist about how many officers initially responded to the Wells Fargo Bank suspicious vehicle call. Statements by Lt. Love during the March 3, 2015 press conference indicate multiple officers responded.

“On Friday night, February 27, officers responded to the Wells Fargo parking lot in reference to a suspicious person. When they arrived they saw a vehicle leaving the area. They saw that vehicle commit a traffic violation. They attempted to stop that vehicle. And that led to a high speed pursuit,” said GFPD officer Lt. Dwight Love.

The reference to multiple officers is odd, because there is no indication that any other officer except Harvala was involved in the initial attempted traffic stop of Elliott; and the BCI report does not state any other officer being with Harvala in his squad car.

Another example of Lt. Love referring to multiple police officers being involved in the very first attempt to pull Elliott over for running s atop sign is when he said, “They initiated a traffic stop.”  

Reporter (female): Yesterday Chief Nelson said that Grand Forks officer’s initiated a chase – where did it actually begin?

Lt. Dwight Love: Which one?

Reporter (female): The first one.

Lt. Dwight Love: The first one – it began just outside the Wells Fargo parking lot – I think it was at an intersection around that area where he violated a traffic stop sign – uh they initiated a traffic stop – he didn’t stop.

 

GFPD Chief Mark Nelson

GFPD Chief Mark Nelson

 

Write Into Action is investigating several other official statements that don’t seem to fit the official narrative given to the public by law enforcement.

One BCI entry is very odd when viewed in the chronological timeline “Trooper (Brittany) Schmidt stated at 11:30 p.m., the vehicle from the earlier pursuit was located in Grand Forks. There was no pursuit at this time,” said the BCI report.

Another BCI entry is odd and involves the possible second person.

Right before getting to the Oslo exit, Trooper Peschong turned his emergency lights off because of DAVID ELLIOTT’s prior actions, and Trooper Peschong did not want to spook him and cause another pursuit. As Trooper Peschong went over the overpass he saw ELLIOTT parked on the southbound ramp nearly on the interstate. ELLIOTT was standing by the driver’s side door of the pickup. Trooper Peschong went past the exit and turned around.
-ND BCIWhen Peschong got to the Oslo exit he headed southbound on the ramp. Trooper Peschong stated he was nervous while approaching the on-ramp because ELLIOTT was suicidal and he did not know if ELLIOTT had any weapons. As Trooper Peschong approached the on-ramp, he noticed that ELLIOTT and his vehicle were no longer there.
-ND BCI

It is not yet known if Elliott dropped someone off by the side of I-29 for Peschong to pick up.

Write Into Action presently has multiple outstanding requests for public records to the GFPD and UND Police Departments.

UND Police Chief Eric Plummer has not responded whatsoever to Write Into Action’s request for public records.

Karen Yungen was contacted but did not reply.

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