Grand Forks Herald ignored prisoner abuse information from whistleblower  

Mentally handicapped suspect stomped in face by boot: "I want my mom! I want my mom!"

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 13, 2015 at 7:33 A.M.

According to a whistleblower, The Grand Forks Herald possessed extensive information about horrific prisoner abuse, which they received from an eye-witness; but they never covered the story. 

The witness – a former police officer - knew of approximately 20 victims.

“Check with the Grand Forks Herald [and] why they never did anything on it. Because I sent them the information and everything else,” the whistleblower said.

An eye witness account of a prisoner beating describes a man almost being killed by the East Grand Forks Police in Minnesota.  

One eye witness that contacted Write Into Action described an officer stomping in the face of a mentally disabled man that posed no threat to the police.

One police officer present said the man was saying, "I want my mom! I want my mom!"


On February 27, 2015, David James Elliott, an unarmed man with no criminal record, that allegedly ran a stop sign, inexplicably fled Grand Forks police. He then called 911, which resulted in an Altru hospital ambulance being dispatched for him.

According to an affidavit by the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, as an ambulance waited for Elliott near an interstate exit, deputies were following Elliott around without their emergency lights on. Elliott refused to stop with the police present. He made it to the Altru hospital emergency room where he was shot by a police officer.

Bob Rost, the sheriff of Grand Forks County, would later lie about the location of the deputies during a press conference.

One of the GFPD officers placed on administrative leave following the David Elliott shooting is Sgt. Mark Ellingson.

Ellingson is a relative of Curt Ellingson, the former police officer that stomped in the face of the mentally handicapped man that cried for his mother.


According to a growing amount of whistleblowers and witnesses, Grand Forks is a drug trafficking hub facilitated by police.

“Mike Jacob that used to run the Herald – he’s a drug user. He uses cocaine,” said one source from a regional television station.

Jacobs is the former publisher of the Grand Forks Herald, and presently works as an opinion columnist for the Herald.

Return to Home Page