Did North Dakota police officer tamper with body-cam shortly before police shooting?

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 VIDEO

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.

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Video captures officer attempt to enter home without a warrant – second officer lies to homeowner about being a cop

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on October 28, 2015 at 8:31 P.M. C.S.T.

The name JonBenet Ramsey is still haunting the state of Colorado.

Curtis and Danielle Kekoa, Northglenn, have publically stated for years they believe their former pastor, Bob Enyart, Denver Bible Church, murdered the child in 1996.

The Kekoa’s bold statements include accusations against law enforcement have gotten the attention of authorities – but not the kind of attention one might think regarding an unsolved murder.

The Kekoa’s state they believe the unidentified DNA found at the scene of the JonBenet Ramsey murder-scene will match Enyart or one of his associates; beliefs they say that are derived from information they learned while they were members of his church, which they say they later learned is a satanic cult.

The Kekoa’s themselves were visited by police and asked to provide DNA samples during law enforcement’s investigation into the murder of Jessica Ridgeway. The Kekoa’s say that while law enforcement asked people that were clearly not suspects in any way, they refuse to ask Enyart or his associates for DNA in either the Ridgeway or Ramsey murder cases.

Records show that after going public about Enyart, the Kekoa’s life became a quagmire of visits from the police and child protective services, while simultaneously, violent death threats against their family went ignored and un-investigated.

The Kekoa’s maintain there has been a concerted effort to shut them up about what they know regarding Enyart and his criminal associates, which include Arapahoe County Deputy Gordon Carroll.

The Kekoa’s life has been a dizzying kaleidoscope of police and social service investigations that have always rendered unfounded results; while state and federal law enforcement in Colorado has overtly ignored evidence regarding international public safety, such as actual e-mails sent to the Kekoa’s from a person boasting to be a “serial killer” that is going to break the world record. The Kekoa’s say the emails are sent by Enyart.

But things changed in August of 2015.

Powerful new evidence now exists to support the Kekoa’s claims they are the target of a rogue police operation intended to silence and intimidate them.

It is staggering.

The Kekoa’s say they have received serious death threats, including threats to be “garroted” (the way JonBenet Ramsey was murdered), without any interest being taken by law enforcement.

Despite ignoring the severity of the threats made against the Kekoa family, records show Colorado law enforcement responds to nearly any social service complaint or call to police about the Kekoa’s; no matter how frivolous.

NORTHGLENN POLICE DEPARTMENT – CAPTURED ON TAPE

On August 19, 2015, the Northglenn Police Department received a report that a “pool noodle” (foam rubber pool toy) from the Kekoa’s back-yard (the Kekoa’s have six children) had gotten into the neighbor’s yard.

The City of Northglenn police and community services department responded with a task force against the already traumatized and embattled family under the pretense they were there to help ‘mediate’ the ‘situation’.

The Kekoa’s were ready with fixed and mobile cameras.

On August 20, 2015, the Kekoa’s captured video and audio evidence of Northglenn Police and City officials engaging in clear misconduct, violations of criminal statute, as well as possible violations of their constitutional rights.

Footage captured in the private video-sting set up by the Kekoa’s shows Stephanie Pelster, a neighborhood services officer supervisor, walk up and attempt to open the Kekoa’s house door.

Pelster attempted to open the door before even knocking.

Stephanie Pelster, City of Northglenn, community services officer, is captured on surveillance video attempting to open the door of Curtis and Danielle Kekoa. Pelster is not a police officer; has no warrant; and does not identify herself. Pelster then proceeds to pound on the door some 30 times.

Stephanie Pelster, City of Northglenn, community services officer, is captured on surveillance video attempting to open the door of Curtis and Danielle Kekoa. Pelster is not a police officer; has no warrant; and does not identify herself. Pelster then proceeds to pound on the door some 30 times.

Finding the door locked, Pelster then proceeded to pound on it some 30 times without indentifying herself.

Pelster is a neighborhood service officer, which is not a police officer.

Three community service officers and one NGPD officer converged on the Kekoa home despite them having committed absolutely no violation of any kind. The Kekoa’s then abruptly exited their home and began demanding business cards from every officer present.

“You’re banging on our door like your SWAT,” Curtis Kekoa said to Pelster.

“THE UNIFORM DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW”

Camera angles captured by Curtis Kekoa then show Michelle Soustek, Northglenn Police Department (NGPD), who was present at the scene, telling Curtis Kekoa she is not a police officer when he asked her about her police badge and emblems.

“No, again, I’m just here; I’m just part of the mediation team; the uniform doesn’t mean anything right now,” Soustek said.

“It kind of does because it says police right on it,” Curtis Kekoa said.

Michelle Soustek, Northglenn Police Department, hands Curtis Kekoa a business card identifying herself as a community service officer, which is not a police department position. Soustek is wearing a NGPD uniform and tells Curtis Kekoa "the uniform doesn't mean nything right now".

Michelle Soustek, Northglenn Police Department, hands Curtis Kekoa a business card identifying herself as a community service officer, which is not a police department position. Soustek is wearing a NGPD uniform and tells Curtis Kekoa “the uniform doesn’t mean nything right now”.

Soustek replies and is heard to say what sounds like, “I have to wear it in the morning”.

Curtis Kekoa asked Soustek for her card and was given a business card that states she is Community Service Officer #438 with the NGPD.

However, according to the City of Northglenn’s police website, Soustek is listed by the NGPD as Animal Control Officer #8807.

The numbers Soustek is using don’t match and the titles are completely different.

The fact is, Soustek – a police officer – was part of a task force that attempted to illegally enter the home of a private citizen without a warrant or probable cause of any kind.

DO YOU ACKNOWLEDGE GOVERNMENT?

Pelster then begins to question Danielle Kekoa about her politics and belief system.

“What do you guys stand for? I mean are you like, umm, do you acknowledge government and stuff like that,” Pelster asked.

YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL

After forcing the Kekoa’s out of their home and into a discussion with law enforcement they did not want to have, Danielle Kekoa mentioned their online campaign to expose Bob Enyart and the satanic cult they say is responsible for the murders of JonBenet Ramsey, Dylan Redwine, Jessica Ridgeway, and others.

Pelster, then told Danielle Kekoa,” You need to be careful”.

The ominous presence created by the four officers was called out by Curtis Kekoa when he asked Carlson about his utility belt and badge that looked like that of a “bounty hunter” as opposed to a friendly neighborhood mediator.

The observation was very relevant to Curtis and Danielle Kekoa and the safety of their family because they have been visited by unknown individuals dressed in uniforms.

Camera angles captured by Curtis Kekoa show Carlson making bizarre statements such as, “We want to try to help you”.

Three community service officers and one NGPD officer converged on the home of Curtis and Danielle Kekoa. The Kekoa's had committed no violation of any statute, rule, or code. The task force had no warrant attempted to enter the Kekoa's home. The Kekoa's were forced out of their home after an officer pounded on their door some 30 times. The Kekoa's were forced to talk about their politcal views and belief systems. The Kekoa's were forced to talk about information the police already have in their records. The Kekoa's were asked if they recognize government. When the NGPD officer was asked about being a police officer, she claimed she wasn't a police officer at that moment and her uniform didn't mean anything.

Three community service officers and one NGPD officer converged on the home of Curtis and Danielle Kekoa. The Kekoa’s had committed no violation of any statute, rule, or code. The task force had no warrant attempted to enter the Kekoa’s home. The Kekoa’s were forced out of their home after an officer pounded on their door some 30 times. The Kekoa’s were forced to talk about their politcal views and belief systems. The Kekoa’s were forced to talk about information the police already have in their records. The Kekoa’s were asked if they recognize government. When the NGPD officer was asked about being a police officer, she claimed she wasn’t a police officer at that moment and her uniform didn’t mean anything.

LITTERNING

Danielle Kekoa tried to contact Pelster following the incident but Pelster would not return her calls. She finally made contact with Carlson by telephone many days after the incident.

“We didn’t even commit a code violation and then you come at us and force us out of our home and force us into a confrontation when we’re trying to avoid this. And what the problem is, we have people calling you guys with false allegations and frivolous concerns and you guys respond right away; yet we get death threats and I can’t get anybody from Northglenn to follow up on who is threatening to kill us and now you want to force us out of our home, and these people that have been threatening to kill us Tom, they impersonate police officers,” Danielle Kekoa said.

“If there is a call that is, you know, as far as, any type of a violation, which you know, somebody throwing something over somebody else’s fence could technically be littering,” Carlson said.

Write Into Action is continuing to investigate.

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