Grand Forks PSAP confirms GFPD officer entered false information into police report on night of police shooting
Cover-up leads to Somalian man charged with attempted murder
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 23, 2016, 10:14 A.M. CST
Grand Forks County PSAP has confirmed that data entered into a police report filed by a Grand Forks Police officer involved in a police shooting - was false information.
The latest discovery of deception is not new in the case.
Evidence of a wide scale cover-up by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Grand Forks County States Attorney David Jones, and other high ranking law enforcement officials continues to emerge regarding the police pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 27-28, 2015.
Grand Forks 911 has confirmed Matthew Bullinger, an officer with the Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD), entered information into an electronic police report that did not match PSAP records.
Bullinger was a key figure in the events that surrounded the pursuit and shooting of Elliott.
There appears to efforts underway to frustrate Write Into Action’s attempts to obtain information. Write Into Action has made multiple public record requests for information to the GFPD regarding the Elliott case. Every text document involving 911 transcripts and/or police communications provided by the GFPD has not included the ‘time’.
The latest discrepancy was discovered after Write Into Action directly contacted Grand Forks PSAP and asked for the specific time of an event. PSAP personnel then identified the specific times that were in question.
The report filed by Bullinger is a critical piece of evidence in the timeline of events that took place shortly before the Elliott pursuit, and may ultimately lead to even more explosive developments regarding an immigrant from Somalia that was charged with attempted murder shortly after the Elliott fiasco.
There is a reason why GFPD is neglecting to give ‘times’ of events.
On February 27, 2015, at 10:49 P.M., Bullinger entered a Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) report that said he was dispatched to 1850 South 34th Street, Unit 217, Grand Forks, at 10:45 P.M.
The 'time' Bullinger placed in the report is false.
“The time PSAP received the loud party call was 2216 hours (10:16 P.M.), and it was then dispatched at 2233 (10:33 P.M.) hours, matching both our communication times and call entries in the computer,” said Shannon LaHaise, Center Supervisor, Grand Forks PSAP.
Bullinger’s claim that he was dispatched at 10:45 P.M. was off by12 minutes.
Those 12 minutes are critical.
Bullinger, as well as GFPD officer Dan Harvala, were interviewed by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) regarding the police shooting of Elliott.
Both Bullinger and Harvala responded to the loud party complaint on South 34th Street.
The BCI report shows Bullinger and Harvala responded to the loud party complaint BEFORE responding to the ‘suspicious vehicle’ report, which was “pending”.
Write Into Action will now do ND AG Wayne Stenehjem and Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones’ jobs for them.
UND POLICE OFFICER JERAD BRAATEN
UND police officer Jerad Braaten shot Elliott on the night in question.
According to BCI records, Braaten was not scheduled to work on the night in question but did. After somehow becoming scheduled to work he was supposed to begin his shift at 11:00 P.M. However, he began his shift at 10:30 P.M. instead. He did not activate his dash-cam apparatus, which he said he forgot to do. He did not properly place his body-cam on himself so it did not capture the shooting. The body-cam did not fit properly because he was not wearing his regular uniform.
So where was Braaten at 11:30 P.M.?
According to dispatch records obtained from UNDPD, Braaten was at South 34th Street at 11:30 P.M. performing a traffic stop.
Ok - that's two GFPD officers and one UND officer at South 34th Street during this critical period of time. .
Is there anything special or unique about the address of the loud party complaint that was at 1850 South 34th Street, Grandview Apartments, Unit 217, Grand Forks, North Dakota?
Well, let’s see.
WRONG PLACE – WRONG TIME
“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time”
Write Into Action continues to investigate.
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