“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Rancher LaVoy Finicum, Hands in Air, Shot in Back

Recent video released by the FBI reveals that rancher Robert LaVoy Finicum might have been sabotaged and killed by Oregon State Troopers, with his hands up.

On Tuesday, Oregon Live reported that Finicum, the spokesman for the ranchers and veterans occupying federal land near Burns, Oregon, was killed “after law enforcement officials stopped vehicles about 20 miles north of Burns.”

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At the 24 second mark, in the FBI video, it’s clear that one officer approached Finicum from behind, and shot him in the back in front of other officers. There are also snipers in the trees as well, which was relayed by Victoria Sharp.  (However, the video doesn’t seem to capture any of the shooting into the vehicle that she claimed took place, although that is hard to tell.)

Victoria Sharp previously recounted her experience:


According to Sharp, officers not only shot the tires, causing the car to crash, but riddled the car with bullets. Sharp also said Finicum was shot while walking with his hands in the air and that officers shot Finicum three more times after he fell to the ground.

Previous claims made by officers like Mark McConnell, that Finicum was handcuffed and charged the police, were false.

Other claims that Finicum was on his knees with his hands behind his head were also misleading.

However, the FBI video reveals that Finicum had his hands in the air when he exited the vehicle. While there is no sound available, it’s unclear if when he drops his hands that he was responding to being shot or whether he was reaching to hand over his sidearm.

Without sound, it is impossible to determine when shots were fired or what commands Finicum was responding to, if any, and by whom.

Additionally, Tim Brown of Freedom Outpost notes that “there was no attempt made by the officers to provide any sort of medical assistance to Finicum.” Is this what the police mean by their motto to “protect and serve”?



Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley facebook.com/BlankleyBethany/ & BethanyBlankley.com.

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