A new video has been made public that was taken by eyewitnesses Shauna Cox and Victoria Sharp who were riding in the truck with LaVoy Finicum, when he was driving, and was later shot and killed by the FBI. Cox said that the FBI had her video recording showing what happened, which has now been synced with the aerial footage that was released by the DOJ.
Both the audio and video are quite disturbing. What has become evident is that one FBI agent did not report the first two shots fired at LaVoy Finicum as he exited the vehicle. Additionally, four other FBI agents are under investigation for the shooting.
The video and audio show that an FBI agent was the one who fired the first two shots as Finicum exited the vehicle– with his hands in the air.
Why? LaVoy Finicum was not a threat. The fact that shots were fired as he exited the vehicle with his hands up is evidence that the ones who were hostile were those who were firing.
Oregon Live reports:
An FBI agent is suspected of lying about firing twice at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and may have gotten help from four other FBI agents in covering up afterward, authorities revealed Tuesday.
The bullets didn’t hit Finicum and didn’t contribute to his death, but now all five unnamed agents, part of an elite national unit, are under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Inspector General Michael Horowitz is leading the independent inquiry.
The remarkable disclosure came as a team of local investigators released findings that two state troopers shot Finicum three times in the back during the chaotic scene at a police roadblock Jan. 26. One bullet pierced his heart, an autopsy showed.
Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI in Portland said, “The question of who fired these shots has not been resolved.”
LaVoy Finicum was shot three times in the back. This is murder.
The video shows there was no physical threat to any of the agents.
Yet, according to the Oregon Live, a prosecutor ruled that the shooting was legally justified and claims that state law allows the use of deadly force when officers believe a person is about to seriously injure or kill someone. Again– the video shows no evidence of imminent danger. The claim now is that the officer in front of Lavoy Finicum, who had a taser, was thought to be in danger and that’s why officers behind Finicum shot him.
That simply does not fly in the face of the fact that Finicum had his hands up.
The story the eyewitnesses told squares with what happened: at least two shots that can be heard were fired at Finicum while he exited the vehicle. Several other shots can be heard prior to eye-witnesses leaving the road and plowing into the snow bank, as well as several more as they leave the stop.
Officers can be heard telling Finicum to get on the ground and he continually yells, “You’re gonna have to shoot me.” The video also clearly shows that his hands were up when the first shots were fired as he exited the vehicle and when the fatal shots were taken.
Additionally, several shots hitting the truck following the shooting of Finicum can be heard on the video recording.
While Finicum does seem ornery, it does not appear that he made any threats. Not getting on the ground is not a reason to kill a man in cold blood who is not brandishing a weapon. There is no justification for the murder of Finicum.