The standoff at the Malheur Refuge hasn’t ended and Cliven Bundy is contradicting his son Ammon who urged people in the refuge to end the the protest. He is telling the protesters to stay. The remaining holdouts are David Fry, of Cincinnati; Jeff Banta, of Elko, Nev., and Sean and Sandy Anderson, a married couple from Riggins, Idaho. This entire protest needs to be called off before more people are called.
The family is raising the question of the use of excessive force and a cover up in the death of LaVoy Finicum, the only protester to die so far.
Oregon Live is reporting that LaVoy Finicum’s family is accusing the FBI and the Oregon State Police of covering up the truth. They say the shooting was unjustified. An analysis of the grainy tape and witness testimony has led the family to believe that Finicum was being shot at before he left the vehicle and got out to draw fire away from the vehicle’s other three occupants.
The family released a stronger statement than their original. They claim that he was shot while his hands were in the air.
“We believe he had already been shot before he ever lowered his hands,” the statement read. “We believe some of his hand movements were a natural reflex to being shot.”
“He appears to have been gesturing, or trying to keep his balance while moving in the deep snow. Although he may have been animated, he does not appear to have been threatening or posing any real threat or danger to anyone. The FBI claims that LaVoy had a loaded firearm in an inside pocket of his coat,” the statement read.
The video released was deliberately grainy and without video to sway public opinion, the statement continued.
They want the FBI to release all video and audio recordings from the shooting, including what Cox had recorded on her phone. They also requested all unedited video taken by drones, body cameras and dash cameras as well as close-up images of Finicum’s truck after the shooting.
The family said that the occupants of the van were fired upon even though they presented no threat.
“It is our understanding that in addition to shooting LaVoy multiple times, after he was left lying harmlessly on the ground the officers also fired upon his truck and the passengers in it, putting them all at risk, despite the fact that they were posing no threat to anyone. The video clearly shows one of the windows being blown out. It has been gut-wrenching for our family to view the video of LaVoy being shot, and then left to lie in the snow while a whole army of so-called “public servants” terrorized the others. We can only hope their families never have to watch such a thing. We will be interested to inspect the vehicle. We will also be interested to see the autopsy report.”
An autopsy commissioned by the family has not been released.
There are several reports that a 9mm was found on Finicum by law enforcement. There are also unconfirmed reports that it was planted on him.
The video below provides a close up and slowed down version of the FBI tape. Finicum appears to be reaching for something. The week before he was killed he said he would rather die than be imprisoned and those words are going against him now.
The video was released to quell the rumors but for many it hasn’t and is being used to prove Finicum was murdered.
There is so much we don’t know. How many bullets were fired – when and where. How many hit LaVoy? Was the head shot really necessary [the claim is he was hit in the face]? Did they have to kill him?
They need to release all the video and audio.
Next is the complete, unedited video.
One of the people at the refuge, Blaine Cooper, said that LaVoy Finicum was unarmed and left all his weapons behind. In other words, the FBI and OSP very quickly escalated this situation, without warning, on the prompting of the left-wing governor and allegedly with the permission of the FBI Director.
Cooper said they had been coming and going without any interference until the day LaVoy was shot.
You can listen to Mr. Cooper on this audio.
The investigation will take 4 to 6 weeks.