Oregon Absolves Itself of Murder of Iconic Rancher

Oregon State Police exonerated

By John Friend —

Oregon State Police officers have been exonerated in the shooting death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, the iconic Arizona rancher who served as a leading spokesman for the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that took place earlier this year in southeastern Oregon, an event AMERICAN FREE PRESS has covered extensively in recent issues.

Finicum, a close friend of the Bundy ranching family who were also heavily involved with the Oregon standoff, was shot and killed on January 26 after being stopped by Oregon State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials.

According to the results of the investigation carried out by Oregon officials, Oregon State Police were justified in using lethal action against Finicum. However, an FBI agent is suspected of firing shots at Finicum and then lying about it in the aftermath. Other FBI officials are alleged to have assisted in the cover-up of the incident, and the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the shooting and subsequent cover-up.

Oregon State Police officials released a synchronized video including aerial footage of Finicum’s death originally captured and published online by the FBI combined with video and audio footage captured by Shawna Cox, who was in the vehicle with Finicum during the standoff with law enforcement officials. In the video, Finicum informs Oregon State Police officers and others present that he intends to meet with the sheriff of Grant County, where he and his entourage were traveling that fateful day, and that law enforcement officials are welcome to join him. Finicum makes clear that he is not surrendering to the Oregon State Police or FBI officials, and that they have the option of either shooting him or letting him continue to his destination.

Watch the entire video below:

Finicum’s family strongly disputes the narrative being articulated by officials from the State of Oregon.

“Our family asserts that he was shot with both hands up,” Jeanette Finicum, LaVoy’s wife, stated shortly after the results of the official investigation were released. “He was not reaching for anything at the time of the first shot. He was walking with his hands in the air, a symbol of surrender.”



 

What follows is the official Finicum family statement released on March 9, 2016.

NEWS RELEASE

EMBARGOED UNTIL 11:30 AM MST, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Contact: Cherilyn Bacon Eagar for the LaVoy Finicum family
Cell: 801-592-4245
Email: Cherilyn@CherilynEagar.com

JEANETTE FINICUM STATEMENT—AFTER REVIEW OF YESTERDAY’S OREGON INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

Mrs. Finicum will take initial questions for the first time today from media in an 11:30 AM MST news conference at the Washington County Building 197 E. Tabernacle Street St. George, Utah related specifically to the civil and criminal lawsuits she and her legal team are pursuing.

March 9, 2016, St. George, UT—Yesterday a tag-team of law enforcement officials announced they have found that the Oregon officer who shot my husband dead while he had his hands in the air was justified. These officials announced that “without a doubt” the officer who killed my husband did so “to protect” himself and his fellow officers “from imminent harm.”

I know my husband, Robert LaVoy Finicum, and I knew him on the day he died. With his hands in the air, he was no danger to anyone, he intended no “imminent harm.” He was giving himself up in order to divert shooters from the others in the truck. Right down to the very last act of his life, he was giving for others. That was my husband. That was the man who the panel of investigators concluded was “responsible for” the situation in which he was killed in a well-planned ambush.

My family and I reject the biased, whitewash findings and conclusion reported yesterday. My lawyers have assured me that the men who ambushed my husband, who set him up for death, who assassinated him, will face justice in a court before an unbiased jury that will be deciding whether my husband was killed by a wrongful action or omission on the part of the police. That action will be joined with an action based on violation of the due process clause of the United States Constitution, the very document for which my husband gave his life. That is a Civil Rights Act claim.

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Prior to yesterday the FBI held the position that my husband was shot during a “traffic stop.” That was such a stretch of the truth that even the tag-team news conference group could not repeat it. There was no “traffic stop.” This was an ambush by use of a “Deadman’s Blockade” designed to allow a “Kill Stop”—a roadblock on a blind curve on an almost abandoned road.

Those officers at the roadblock were the last line available to block the truck LaVoy drove, to assure that he was killed. In our wrongful death and civil rights violation lawsuit we will prove the kind of man my husband was, and that as a leading spokesman of this movement to restore the U.S. Constitution and our unalienable rights, he had to be made an example: “Don’t interfere if we as law officers are depriving someone of their rights, property and person.” Is this what Americans believe? Or is this the kind of fear tactic despots in the Middle East have used for centuries when they place crucifixes along the highway to strike fear into their slaves—don’t you dare oppose our unjust laws or this is what will happen to you!”

I don’t think so. Not in America. I still believe we are governed by the same Constitution that our founders created and that we are a republic, one nation under God.

Yesterday, as before, the officers set up a false scenario that my husband was reaching for a loaded gun as he was shot. Before yesterday’s selectively edited video showing, we saw the uncut version. In that uncut version, we see my husband with his hands up, walking away from the truck and not reaching for anything when a man to the right of the video obviously fired some projectile at him. Immediately he leaned over to his left hip area where it appeared some projectile hit him. At that one moment, shots were reigned down on him and he died there in the snow bank—where he lay for ten minutes without anyone checking to see whether he was alive. They let him lay there because they knew that the three shots into the back had killed him.

My attorneys have already begun to assemble a trial team of investigators, paralegals, videographers and writers to make sure that the man who shot my husband in the back and all those who were accomplices will face justice. They will soon be filing the Oregon 30.275 notice that precedes a lawsuit for wrongful death and civil rights violations.

At least twice yesterday the officials blamed my husband for being solely responsible for what happened at the site where he was ambushed. Again, my attorneys assure me that we can show differently, even with yesterday’s law enforcement whitewash. This tag-team said that the officers on the scene where the killing took place were there, putting themselves in harm’s way as part of an effort to “bring the situation at the refuge to an end peacefully.” This statement is consistent with the goal law enforcement announced from the beginning in this case: Let’s just get them out of the refuge building peacefully to the outside where we can talk.

If they had been telling the truth, on January 26, they could easily have achieved their goal. They knew from an informant inside the refuge that all but four of the people inside the refuge would be leaving for several hours. That included the long trip to John Day, the meeting with Sheriff Glenn Palmer, and the ranchers’ workshop that evening on the original intent of the Constitution.

So, I ask, why didn’t the officers pull the roadblock and let the group go out peacefully to John Day? Why didn’t they choose to arrest him while at the Sheriff’s office? If they had done that, this case would have been put in the books with the peaceful ending they now claim they wanted. In fact, the Harney County Sheriff had every opportunity during their stay at the Malheur Refuge to make a peaceful arrest during the numerous conversations they had with him in Burns. My lawyers believe we can show that was not their goal because there is no better evidence of their intent than their actions.

So when the officials said yesterday that my husband was “solely responsible” for the situation and happening of his death, they were spreading their whitewash with a very broad brush. Yesterday one of the tag-team said that my husband chose to break the law, chose to put himself and other people in danger, and then chose to enter into a face-to-face confrontation with armed police officers. My lawyers have already discussed with me how the facts will show that the officers intended to shoot LaVoy, how an informant arranged for him to be in the lead truck, how the officers started shooting at the truck to force it to stop, and then finally how my husband gave himself up in order to draw attention away from the others in the truck.

Contrary to what the panel of officials “found,” my husband was not responsible for the situation that ended with his death. He is not the one who blockaded the road with a “deadman’s blockade.” He is not the one responsible for officers armed with long guns firing from behind the trees. He is not the one who chose to block himself and his friends from leaving the refuge to go out to John Day. He is not the one who lined armed personnel all along the roadway from the refuge to the blockade. No, all those actions can be laid at the feet of the officials who spoke of their innocence yesterday. They will not have to explain their actions in a preliminary hearing or at trial, because their actions were glossed over—“law officers will take care of their own” I was told. But I still had faith in the system my husband fought to protect. I was wrong.

We had no chance at justice in this investigation of law enforcement officers by other law enforcement officers, more like the fox guarding the hen house. But in a wrongful death action, coupled with a civil rights action, the shooters and their partners will make sure that the officers involved will face the same kind of music enjoyed yesterday at our expense.

Yesterday the panel said that “the troopers knew that Mr. Finicum carried a weapon on his left side. Mr. Finicum was reaching for that loaded 9mm gun when the troopers lawfully used deadly force to protect themselves and others including the trooper armed with a Taser.” You all have seen the full video where it shows the trooper with the gun or taser to the right of the screen as you look toward the screen. You see my husband lean over to his left hip area immediately where he grabs for the place he was hit. The gunman turns his back on my husband and runs. Isn’t it strange that a law officer turns his back on a person he believes to be heavily armed? Not so strange if he knows that his partner intends to shoot that person in the back.

We believe they will have a hard time squaring their actions with the Attorney General’s statements when we next get into court. My attorneys tell me that we will have to get past the motion to dismiss the civil rights action, which is a motion often governed by intangibles such as, “Does the action of the state shock the conscience?” The media have called my husband a lot of names that are foreign to the peaceful man and extraordinary father of our children that I knew. We must now ask the question, “Who are the real domestic terrorists here?”



 

We believe that this “Kill Stop” staged by government agents was barbaric, that their whitewash of this horrific incident is more worthy of an Academy Award-winning film in the fiction category and that unbiased American citizens will have their conscience shocked by the government agents’ conduct in:

• Arranging for imbedding an informant among those in the house, on the basis of the informant’s information they set up a Deadman’s Blockade and an intentional killing;

• They shot at the truck in an effort to prevent it from leaving peacefully;

• They shot at the truck after it came to a halt;

• Then they shot my husband, the father of our eleven children, as he moved away from the truck with both hands in the air;

• At the time he was seen to reach down and bend down to his left as though he had been shot or hit with a bullet or taser ray;

• As he bent down, and then tried to straighten back up he was shot three times in the back and died.

I believe, my family believes, my lawyers believe that this evidence will “shock the conscience.”

Thank you.

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John Friend is a California-based writer who maintains a blog.

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10 Responses to Oregon Absolves Itself of Murder of Iconic Rancher

  1. Private Citizen says:
    Beyond belief the indoctrinated, programmed propagandized ill-informed void of true facts, history and research presumptions made by the sheep commenting on this article. You might want to do deeper research starting with the District of Columbia organic act of 1871 and data relating to the incorporation off the bankrupt federal government dba as the organic constitutional government which has NO JURISDICTION OVER PRIVATE CITIZENS. YOUR IGNORANCE FIELDS THE REAL DOMESTIC TERRORISM. You only have a deed of trust to your property, not allodial ownership, so technically you are squatting on federal (Crown-owned) property, but you assume different out of lack of research and IGNORANCE. Go research it! 🙂 Wake up.
  2. Private Citizen says:
    The domestic terrorist are the officers and officials working as mercenaries out of ignorance for a bankrupt corporate criminal enterprise empowered by foreign agents of the Crowns BAR association doing business as the organic constitutional government whose seats have been vacated since 1871/1930 providing government services masquerading as the ordained conditional government the founders instituted. These easily VERIFIED FACTS seemed to have evaded the indoctrinated sheep responding to this article. This is what Finicum’s people are trying to expose and you should do more research and join them. Don’t believe me, go research these things for yourselves. The legislation is on record of these legal fictions posing as law and organic constituted COMMON LAW. WAKE THE HELL UP and lose your indoctrination in favor of the REAL TRUTH FACTS.
  3. ggriselda says:
    Mrs. Finicum has been very dishonest in this article she’s written. From supporting the Bundy’s unlawful and potentially homicidal behaviors during the confiscation of their cartel, to LaVoid’s repeated threats to not allow himself to be arrested (while he was breaking multiple federal state and county laws at Malheur), he finally committed suicide by cop, all the while keeping up the preposterous claims that his behaviors were legal. I’m not only shocked by Mrs. Finicum’s deceitfulness, but also by the brazen and totally dysfunctional manner in which she weaves her preposterous story about her husband, the criminal.
  4. ggriselda says:
    LaVoid was a scam artist, criminal and horses ass and he committed suicide by cop after making multiple threats. He’s already cost the American taxpayer untold millions.
  5. J.W. Lee says:

    Truth and Justice shall prevail. God’s Will be done!

  6. Galen Allsup says:
    God bless Mr. Finicum. God says in the end times what is right will be wrong and what is wrong will be right. God will judge those murderers. It’s clear they were even attempting to kill the women and man that were still in the vehicle, to cover-up evidence. They had no reason to be shooting at them. They then proceeded to gas their vehicle hoping they would come bursting out, hence giving police an excuse to kill them.
  7. Robert Riversong says:
    The independent investigation was NOT conducted by “Oregon officials” but by the Deschuttes County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Tri-County Major Crimes Unit, and reviewed by the Malheur County district attorney. Neither the state of Oregon, the Oregon state police nor the feds were involved.

    And the U.S. Justice Department’s Inspector General has NOT “opened a criminal investigation into the shooting and subsequent cover-up” but only into whether an FBI agent fired his gun and refused to divulge that, and whether he and the other agents conspired to remove evidence. The DoJ is NOT investigating anything else about the Finicum shooting, as that investigation is complete, and it was that investigation which revealed the possible FBI malfeasance.

    Finicum engaged in blatant lies during the first traffic stop, as he was NOT going to meet with the Grant County Sheriff, but to a public meeting at which Sheriff Palmer was also scheduled to speak. He also lied at the same time about having supporters coming and there being a “bloodbath” if he wasn’t allowed to continue. None of the people in his truck had a cell phone signal at that location and were NOT able to reach any supporters (which is one of the reason that location was chosen).

    Jeanette Finicum is also lying about how and when LaVoy was shot. He never raised his hands in surrender, as had every other occupant of both militant vehicles, but splayed them out to the side to make himself a target as he yelled six times “shoot me.”

    Finicum was NOT shot until after the third time he reached with his right hand into the left side of his jacket, where he had a Ruger SR9 9mm handgun, with a round in the chamber, that was a gift from his stepson, Thomas Kinne.

    All OSP troopers were briefed about Finicum wearing a shoulder holster under his left arm, and four different troopers, from four different vantage points, all saw him repeatedly reach into his jacket in a way that all four perceived as “going for a gun.”

    Yet Finicum was NOT shot until the third time he reached for his gun, as he was spinning around to face the one trooper who was armed only with a Taser, attempting to make a non-lethal arrest. Three other troopers, #1, #2 and #4, each interpreted Finicum’s motions and his refusal to comply with lawful orders to “get on the ground” as an immanent lethal threat to Officer #3 with the Taser.

    Why does this website propagate known falsehoods intended to inflame anti-government sentiment?

  8. Duane Bacardi says:
    At the time he was murdered this man was not engaged in an “armed standoff” in a “compound.” He was driving on a public road with his family. Damn those dirty, dirty murdering S.O.Bs.
  9. Callen says:
    Oh please! “You’re gonna have to shoot me,” “You’re gonna have to shoot me” over and over again this is what came out of Mr. Finicum. You can clearly see that after his hands were raised the first time he put himself in a combat stance and reached into his coat pocket for a gun. Jump out of a truck and start screaming at State police officers “you’re gonna have to shoot me,” reach in your pocket for a gun and then claim he was shot with his hands up.

    My grandfather harvested seed from the B.L.M. for over 30 years all throughout the states of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. For years he was able to do this without a permit. However, the B.L.M. started charging fees and you had to get a permit. He paid is permit fees after the law was enacted and still made a decent profit afterwords.

    The harvesting of seed still takes place every year all through Piaute, Sevier, and Wayne County, Utah. You have to buy a permit from the B.L.M. every time you go out. Just like you have to pay a permit to graze your cattle that only supplies 5% of America’s beef anyway, and you crazy domestic terrorists risk your lives over not paying a very small fee to graze your cattle.

    Mr. Finicum, Stanton and Marty Gleave, the Bundies are domestic terrorists, plain and simple. Soooo, now this man’s wife is going to get a fat wrongful death lawsuit that will be paid by WE THE PEOPLE! YA, that’s really the answer. I hope Finicum’s wife loses in court and loses big, just like good ole Bundy Sr. He lost in court over and over again before the Bundy standoff and it is refreshing to know they are going to be locked up for a good long time.

  10. Randy says:

    Beyond belief the delusion here.

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