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August 15 , 2013

East Grand Forks Police Officer caught filing a false police report against journalist

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W.
Unit #17
East Grand Forks, MN

August 15, 2013

Michael Hedlund
Chief of Police
East Grand Forks Police Department

Chief Hedlund,

Please accept this complaint against Officer Aeisso Schrage and Sgt. Detective Chris Olson.

On 12/14/13 Officer Schrage filed a false police report, whereby Schrage fabricated a statement, which he then attributed to me, using words I never said, in effort to support criminal charges brought against me by the City of East Grand Forks.

Please reference case number 12004365 – filed 12/14/13.

The first paragraph reads:

“On 12/14/2012 at approximately 1410 hours, TFO SHRAGE, along with DET OLSON, OFC HART, and OFC SCHILKE executed a search warrant for the residence of TIMOTHY HOLMSETH. When we arrived we overheard HOLMSETH talking to someone on the telephone, rather loudly, about taking some videos off the internet and that he “MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN SOME.” We knocked and announced and the door was answered by HOLMSETH.

The telephone call your officers eavesdropped upon was between me and my (then) lawyer, Michael LaCoursiere, public defender, State Public Defender Office (violation of my Attorney Client Privilege).

(Interestingly enough) Attorney Michael LaCoursiere telephoned me to discuss my case at the exact same time your police officers crept quietly up to the door of my home-office to listen through the door as LaCoursiere and I spoke.

The entire telephone call between LaCoursiere and I was recorded, from the sound of the initial ringing, to the end of the call.

At no time during the telephone call did I ever say the words “MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN SOME”.

Not only did I not say those specific words, but I did not say any variation of those words.  

Schrage used all caps and placed quotation marks around the statement he falsely attributed to me. He applied special emphasis that required special disciplines that demonstrates he intended the quote to be relied upon word for word.  

Sgt. Detective Chris Olson was the ranking officer present and apparently signed off on Schrage’s crime against me.

I will note that on July 9, 2013 Minnesota District Court Judge Honorable Tamara Yon forwarded a detailed complaint to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility regarding the actions and conduct of Attorney Ronald Galstad and Attorney Michael LaCoursiere; some relating to this matter.

Because of your office’s multiple actions against me in violation of federal law I am copying the Minneapolis FBI.

Timothy Charles Holmseth

Cc: Mayor Lynn Stauss, Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth, Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman, EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad, Minneapolis FBI