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Aftermath of Oregon Wildlife Refuge Standoff Continues

Aftermath of Oregon Wildlife Refuge Standoff Continues
August 30
11:50 2016

The family of Fredonia rancher Robert LaVoy Finicum has retained a high-powered California attorney to sue the FBI and Oregon state Police for an incident last winter that cost Finicum his life.

Finicum was part of a group that commandeered a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon to protest what they regarded as overreaching by the government.

Two weeks into the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Finicum, who had become a spokesman for the self-proclaimed militia group that staged the takeover of the refuge in protest of federal use of public lands, was traveling with several other key figures from the standoff.

When local police and FBI agent attempted to pull-over the vehicle, Finicum ignored the officers. He tried to avoid a roadblock as well, resulting in the vehicle veering into a snowbank.

After the crash, officers ordered Finicum out of the vehicle. Video shows him reaching into the pocket of his jacket while he had his back turned to the officers. At that point, officers fired six shots at Finicum, with three striking him.

Finicum died at the scene.

A search of Finicum after the shooting revealed he had a 9 mm pistol in his pocket.

 

According to the family, Finicum had repeatedly told police before the incident that he wanted to meet with them to peacefully resolve the protest.

According to the family’s attorney, there is new evidence that proves that two FBI agents lied during the law enforcement investigation by stating that they did not fire the first shots at Finicum’s vehicle.

 

The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an investigation into whether FBI agents perjured themselves in recounting the incident.

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