Lavoy Finicum Murdered by Feds
It is reminiscent of Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas, where overbearing federal agents use wanton force against citizens who were no threat to anyone. In fact, the video clearly shows that the government laid in wait and set up an ambush, forced Vinicum's vehicle off the road into deep snow, let him exit the car in open ground and deep snow where he could not move quickly, and then murdered him with shots from multiple agents from multiple vantage points. Nine shots were fired, though he was clearly subdued after the first shot or two, and it is obvious that the objective was to murder, not to take into custody.
The FBI indicated that publishing the video was necessary to provide transparency. However, it appears that the video will not help the case of law enforcement if they claim the shooting was justified. It shows that Finicum had his hands spread wide, and was not brandishing a weapon. The FBI has stated that he had a 9mm pistol in his jacket, but it does not appear that he was trying use it or threaten officers with it. Rather, he seems to be open to engaging with the officers, and he certainly could not run through the deep snow, but they gunned him down before he was able to approach them. Another account had him charging the police, which is clearly not the case, as seen in the video.
“I am pleased that the FBI has listened to the concerns of the local community and responded to the illegal activity occurring in Harney County by outside extremists,” Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said in a written statement. “The leaders of this group are now in custody and I hope that the remaining individuals occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will peacefully surrender so this community can begin to heal the deep wounds that this illegal activity has created over the last month.”
The state police said it would investigate the officer-involved shooting, with help from the Deschutes County Major Incident Team and the Harney County District Attorney’s Office.
You can rest assured that the team will find the killing justifiable, and the overt force used reasonable. It was not, it was cold-blooded murder, and the video proves it. It does, however, call to mind a previous incident about 250 years ago where a far away government wanted to control and own lands across the Atlantic.
The people living in those lands were passive for some time, but the day came when the inhabitants of that fair land rose up and refused to submit to the arrogant and high handed demands of submission required by the royalty across the ocean.
The day may soon be coming that a similar uprising will occur, and that is probably why the eastern “royalty” of this nation is so anxious and determined to disarm the citizens of this nation.