Police, Militia Kill Unarmed Rancher

Federal Overreach and Abuse Leads to Murder of Rancher LaVoy Finicum

According to Oregon Live, last night, Tuesday, January 27, 2016:

“Oregon standoff spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was killed and other leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation were arrested Tuesday after the FBI and state police stopped vehicles about 20 miles north of Burns.”

Hear what happened:

According to authorities, the Bundy brothers and eight others were driving to a community meeting Tuesday afternoon in Burns, Oregon, when they were stopped by police officers and FBI agents.

It is unclear at this point why they were pulled over but, eventually, one rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot dead and Ryan Bundy was wounded.

“My dad was such a good good man, through and through,” said his daughter Arianna Finicum Brown. “He would never ever want to hurt somebody, but he does believe in defending freedom and he knew the risks involved.”

Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, a supporter of the Bundy family said that Ammon Bundy told his wife that Finicum was cooperating with police when he was shot.

The Oregonian reported that their sources said Finicum and Ryan Bundy resisted arrest.

Those arrested include Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne, Brian Cavalier and Shawna Cox, according to the Daily Mail.

Listen to live coverage by Marine Corps Veteran Pete Santilli:

The Oregonian reported:

“This evening, the FBI made a legal, felony stop on a vehicle carrying Ammon Bundy and several other individuals. After a shoot out with the FBI, four individuals were reportedly taken into custody, including Ammon Bundy. Two individuals are reported to have been taken to the Burns hospital, which is currently on lock down. FBI sources stated that those at the Refuge are currently free to leave unimpeded, implying that there might be action it they do not leave immediately.”

“Santilli’s report comes on the 25th day of the standoff. During the past three weeks, tension has mounted and federal authorities have faced repeated calls, including from Gov. Kate Brown, to take action on the protesters.”

Ammon and Ryan Bundy are two of the sons of rancher Cliven Bundy, who had his own confrontation with federal authorities who tried to impound his cattle in 2014.

At this time, even protesters were tasered by law enforcement.

The protestors in Oregon, the FBI said: “All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.”

In Burns, Oregon, State Police also arrested Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy. The FBI said Peter Santilli, who live streamed events at the wildlife refuge was also arrested later.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown last Wednesday had indicated her patience with the militia protesters was finished. “[Federal officials] must move quickly to end the occupation and hold all of the wrongdoers accountable,” she said at a press conference. “The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and underserved by federal officials’ response thus far.”

Many residents of Harney County had been represented in the media as not wanting the ranchers in their community, but the Bundy brothers and other militia members had been invited to speak to a community group and were on their way there when they were arrested by the feds.

If the police or federal agents shot an unarmed man there most likely will be public outcry.

 

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Tad Cronn

Tad Cronn began his journalism career in 1983. While he earned awards for his work as a reporter and editor, his greatest joy is writing news commentary. Providing a conservative and often humorous outlook on current events, he now works as a freelance writer based in California.

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