North Dakota crime syndicate imploding

Rolette County police shooting occurs one day after Grand Forks States Attorney asked to turn over cam evidence from separate police shooting

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on January 19, 2017, 3:06 P.M. CST

The body-count in North Dakota continues to rise.

Today, Rolette County Sheriff Gerald Medrud announced Colt Eugene Allery, a deputy sheriff, was fatally shot and two other deputies are on paid administrative leave after a vehicle chase turned deadly Wednesday.

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Yesterday, Write Into Action contacted the Grand Forks County States Attorney’s Office requesting police video evidence from the David James Elliott police shooting case.

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From: Timothy Charles Holmseth [mailto:tholmseth@wiktel.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:00 PM
To: ‘haley.wamstad@gfcounty.org
Subject: Attn: Haley Wamstad

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
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In Re: Public Records

January 18, 2017

Haley Wamstad
Assistant Grand Forks County States Attorney 
Grand Forks, North Dakota

Attorney [Wamstad],

I am requesting all of the police body-cam and dash-cam related to the 18-2015-CR-00632 (State of North Dakota vs. David James Elliott).

I am contacting your office because the records are digital data and was referred to you by the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office.

Respectfully,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

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Wednesday’s police shooting also comes in the direct wake of Write Into Action’s expositive report that former Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild was allegedly involved in the pursuit of David James Elliott in 2015.

Elliott was deadly afraid of Wild and thought he was going to be harmed. However, Wild was retired at the time of the Elliott pursuit and would have no business being involved in a midnight pursuit, which ended in Elliott being shot.

BCI investigators found “thousands of pills” in Elliott’s truck. David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, told BCI investigators the pills were all coming from Altru Hospital doctors.

Write Into Action has obtained dash-cam video from a Grand Forks County Sheriff’s vehicle that shows the shooting of David Elliott did not happen the way it was reported.

The shooting of David Elliott appears to have been a planned hit being carried out by rookie UND police officer Jerad Braaten.

Grand Forks County States Attorney David Jones, without a doubt, completely lied to the public about the David Elliott shooting when he deemed it justified.

CAITLIN JENNA ERICKSON HOMICIDE

Write Into Action obtained video of police-cam evidence regarding the death of Caitlin Jenna Erickson, who died at the same time the David Elliott was occurring. Erickson’s next door neighbor, Desiree Gomez, heard Erickson and Mario Parsons (the man she was with) shouting and arguing for about a half an hour amidst banging sounds in the bathroom.

Parson told police everything was fine when he left and when he returned Erickson was dead. Write Into Action believes the GFPD has engaged in a deliberate cover-up of Erickson’s death.

PEMBINA COUNTY SHOOTING

Write Into Action interviewed the only witness to the shooting scene of Clifford Edward Monteith III, who was shot by Pembina County Deputy Brad Bowman. Sara Letexier said she saw pulled up on the scene and saw Monteith lying on the highway although he was supposedly miles away at that point. She said she then heard another gunshot.

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The David James Elliott pursuit and shooting

  • David James Elliott telephoned Grand Forks PSAP (911) almost immediately after GFPD Dan Harvala attempted to pull him over for running a red light. David Elliott had no meaningful criminal history and there is no known reason he would feel compelled to flee at very high speeds. He stayed on 911 with a police officer, GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger, for some two hours until he was shot while holding the phone.
  • David Elliott made arrangements to meet GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger at Altru. After arriving in front of the E/R David Elliott is seen pointing in the direction where UND officer Jerad Braaten is approaching him. He fled again on four flat tires and was shot through his back window by Jerad Braaten.
  • David Elliott was unarmed.
  • David Elliott had thousands of prescription pills in his truck that BCI agent Michael Ness said where in “bags”.
  • Jennifer Elliott, David Elliott’s wife, said all the pills her husband possessed were all coming from Altru doctors.
  • Grand Forks PSAP deleted the 911 call.
  • UND police officer Jerad Braaten was not scheduled to work on the night he interjected himself into a slow speed pursuit and shot David Elliott.
  • UND police officer Jerad Braaten, a rookie cop on his first job, was inexplicably training an intern (on a night he was not even supposed to work), Heather Hopkins, on the night of the shooting.
  • David Elliott was nearly completely stopped atop the Columbia Road Bridge where he was trying to meet GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger. He continued inching forward as Jerad Braaten was pointing a gun at him.
  • The audio portion of UND police officer Jerad Braaten’s body-cam captured him telling Hopkins he hoped to provoke David Elliott into ramming him.
  • David James Elliott told Write Into Action (Timothy Charles Holmseth) that Jerad Braaten attempted to shoot him minutes before the actual shooting, while atop the Columbia Road Bridge, but his gun jammed.
  • The audio portion of Jerad Braaten’s body-cam reveals a clicking sound on Braaten’s gun that sounds like a misfire atop the Columbia Road Bridge.
  • Jerad Braaten’s dash-cam was never found and/or entered into BCI evidence.
  • Jerad Braaten’s body-cam was found underneath his squad car where he tried to hide it.
  • Jerad Braaten did not put his body-cam on his shirt until a few minutes before he joined the pursuit and shot David Elliott (although he had supposedly been on-duty for hours).
  • Jerad Braaten had UNDPD intern Heather Hopkins put the body-cam on his shirt, which was placed on him improperly and captured no visual (except the moment it’s thrown under the car).
  • After the shooting, the audio portion of Jerad Braaten’s body-cam reveals he asked Heather Hopkins if she saw David Elliott try to run a police officer over. Hopkins promptly replied yes. Braaten then told her he would need a witness statement confirming it and she said she would give it. However, when Hopkins was interviewed by the BCI she balked, and said she didn’t see what happened.
  • GFPD Sgt. Mark Ellingson, the officer that Jerad Braaten said he was worried about, is captured on audio at the scene telling Jerad Braaten he was never in any danger.
  • UNDPD chief Eric Plummer reprimanded Jerad Braaten in writing regarding issues with his police-cams.
  • GFPD chief Mark Nelson subsequently hired Jerad Braaten onto his Department.
  • Videos obtained by Write Into Action have been tampered with by someone using a video editor. For instance – dash-cam from the squad car of GFPD officer Dan Harvala is in clear crisp color on most of the footage. However, the portion that actually shows the shooting in the distance has been converted to black and white which obscures the details.
  • Video showing what happened atop the Columbia Road Bridge has been redacted.
  • Videos obtained by Write Into Action reveal the time-stamps on the dash-cams do not even remotely match the events taking place on the officer body-cams.
  • David Elliot was shot three times in the head and his ear drum was blown out. Two of his fingers were shot off but re-attached.
  • After being hired by the GFPD, Jerad Braaten was at the scene of a fireworks accident in Grand Forks where a man’s fingers were blown off. The fingers disappeared. They were found later on a picnic table in East Grand Forks.

The following is my investigative opinion.

  • It is my investigative opinion that Jerad Braaten sounds like a psychopath when he is talking to Heather Hopkins.
  • It is my opinion Jerad Braaten may have taken the fingers from the fireworks scene and kept them. He may have placed them in the Red River Valley Campground as a trophy of what he did to David Elliott and/or an ominous message to the drug trafficking underworld.
  • It is my opinion GFPD chief Mark Nelson has violated his oath, betrayed the public, and is engaging in extensive efforts to cover up events that involve drug trafficking, shootings, and homicide(s).

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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

 

Is there a psychopath working on the Grand Forks Police Department?

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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North Dakota Attorney General redacts witness interview in police shooting – cites existing investigation – “Criminal intelligence information and criminal investigative information”

UNDPD officer lied during investigation of police shooting

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on October 4, 2016, 10:50 P.M. CST

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has finally turned over a partial audio recording of their interview with a police intern who was present and witnessed a police shooting in Grand Forks.

The audio was provided to Write Into Action.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office made redactions attributed to NDCC 44-04-18.7 – a statute that invokes confidentiality based upon “criminal intelligence” associated with “active criminal investigative information”. Criminal intelligence information and criminal investigative information – Nondisclosure – Record of information maintained. 1. Active criminal intelligence information and active criminal investigative information are not subject to section 44-04-18 and section 6 of article XI of the Constitution of North Dakota.

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Write Into Action’s independent investigation has now discovered UNDPD officer Heather Hopkins lied to BCI investigators about the most critical fact surrounding the shooting of David James Elliott.

Immediately after the shooting in the early morning hours of February 28, 2015, Hopkins and Braaten were captured on audio from a body cam that is still recording, which Write Into Action obtained.

This exchange takes place:

Heather Hopkins: “Are all the officers gone?”

Jerad Braaten: “Yep, did you see him when he was trying to run him over?”

Heather Hopkins: “Yep”

Jerad Braaten: “I’m going to need you to file a witness”

Heather Hopkins: “Okay”

But – that’s not what Hopkins told the BCI a short time later.

Interviewing Officer: “So when the vehicle accelerates could you see the officer get spun out of the vehicle? Did he almost get run over?”

Heather Hopkins: “I couldn’t tell”

The BCI possessed Braaten’s body-cam, which was found hidden under Braaten’s squad car, so the BCI and States Attorney David Jones knew exactly what was said.

The Special Agent asked Hopkins if she talked to Braaten after the shooting.

BCI Agent: “At any point does Officer Braaten come back into the UNDPD vehicle? To talk you or anything?”

Heather Hopkins: “Yes, after the ambulance came and they took the driver on a gurney inside he came back into the car – and sat down inside the car.”

BCI Agent: “Did he say anything?”

Heather Hopkins: “He did say something to me. I honestly can’t remember what he said. I want to say he just asked me if I was okay. But, I don’t remember what he asked me. I know I asked if he was okay he said ‘yep’.”

Perhaps the BCI or States Attorney Jones should have reminded Hopkins that she claimed to have seen Elliott almost run over a police officer and that she ambitiously agreed to sign a sworn statement swearing to it.

The David Jones Elliott shooting was an attempted murder by a hit man working for the University of North Dakota Police Department in conjunction with officers from other agencies including the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Forks Police Department.

For more on this view the following videos.

 

 

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

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

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

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

Or…

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

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

ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

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

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

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

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

– Grand Forks Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additionally…

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

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

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

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

The Harvala interviewed is already hopelessly flawed.

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

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

It continued.

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

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

Why?

Here’s one reason.

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

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

But it gets even more suspicious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Write Into Action continues to investigate.

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