This woman has guts and is speaking the truth. If we don’t have the constitutional right to protect ourselves when we are unjustly detained and shot at by government authorities, of what use is the Second Amendment?
On March 8, 2016, Oregon State Police held a news conference in which the DesChutes County investigative team announced its investigative report. It was a dog and pony show that turned sour. In short, it’s a huge cover up. It’s state law that police must turn on their body cams at times such as this. But instead they deliberately turned them off. This is a trend nationwide.
Here is the video that Shawna Cox took from inside LaVoy Finicum’s truck during his assassination.
Courtesy: OregonLive (The Oregonian)
In addition the OSP turned on the FBI because shots were fired prematurely and were not accounted for.
In reviewing the autopsy, omissions were apparent and then upon review of the 360 page written report, strange inconsistencies appeared. One includes the mysterious Mark McConnell. Suspected by the protestors to be an FBI plant, he insisted on driving the group to the John Day meeting, and then when they encountered the ambush, his main concern was whether his Jeep had been harmed, not the man lying dead on the ground.
Furthermore, he was the only one of the group not detained and his name is entirely missing in the very detailed police report.
Another alarming detailed jumped out of the report: One police officer said they changed the kill stop (also called a deadman’s blockade), never used on civilians, from Grant County to Harney because Grant was a “UN-free Zone.” WE will be reporting more on what exactly that officer meant in our next update.
JEANETTE FINICUM RESPONDS
LaVoy’s widow Jeanette gave this statement after review of the investigative report:
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.
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.”
Listen to the Liberty Lineup Radio Show M-F, 10-Noon Mountain time AM 630, SLC or online www.k-talk.com and we will add more to this fascinating story.
Here is the complete news conference from Tuesday, March 8, 2016. It is Oregon’s attempt to continue laying the foundation of its legal case. This is a very one-sided report. It is clear that LaVoy made every attempt to let authorities know he needed to get to the Sheriff for help. The Oregon State Police are in an ongoing investigation and have accused the FBI of misconduct. The original facts presented have been since altered as to the number of shots fired.
This video courtesy OregonLive (The Oregonian)
Here is the OregonLive.com video that shows Shawna Cox’s video from inside LaVoy Finicum’s truck. The investigative team says they have synchronized it with the FBI’s aerial video. Shawna says they have edited it and that the narrative is a lie.
This synchronized video itself is edited and incomplete. Still missing are body cams (required by Oregon State law), along with Shawna Cox’s incomplete video.
We have since learned that the OSP TURNED OFF THEIR BODY CAMS! This is happening around the country. So it is required by law, but police are now deciding to turn off the cams to hide evidence.
Finally, here is Jeanette Finicum’s statement today in response to the Oregon news conference.
Here’s a letter from Dave Bundy’s wife Marilyn – Courtesy Kate Dalley. This is outrageous. Has the FBI become America’s new KGB? Apparently 14 arrests went down just like this one – cookie cutter style raids:
From Marilyn Bundy, wife of Dave Bundy:
To the Citizens of the United States of America
Please share this too whomever you can
My husband, Dave Bundy, was arrested this morning by 20 FBI agents throwing smoke bombs and pointing guns at him while working on our home a short distance behind the Delta Utah Elementary School. We are unaware of anything that he has done to require such force. This is total Federal government overreach. We have a feeling he will be charged with the same charges that all the other Bundy family is being charged with even though he broke no laws to deserve this. He was simply at the Bundy Ranch for a peaceful protest. He never carried a gun. When the Las Vegas Metro Police deputy asked him to calm down the protesters, he said he would try to do the best he could. He jumped a fence to try to get the protesters to settle down. Shortly after that, the Las Vegas Metro Police asked the BLM to call it off anyway and the BLM officers started to leave. He has always been a citizen that has exercised his right to a peaceful protest. He has been an upstanding citizen of the United States. I feel his rights have been seriously violated since it looks like the federal government will put the same exact trumped up charges on all of the Bundy family without looking at their actions. There is no way he deserves this and he has done nothing to collect such trumped up charges. My 6 children and I are emotionally scared from this. All of them are in tears. They have no clue why their Dad would be treated this way. We thought citizens of the United States of America were allowed to protest the governments actions. To defend Dave Bundy and win will cost thousands and thousands of dollars. We don’t have that kind of money. He will likely not be given a fair trial without the help of the American people. Please help any peaceful way you can. If the federal government wins this case, they will feel they can arrest any american that protests against them. Please let your voices be heard loud but peacefully. I plead with the American people to not break any laws in Dave Bundy’s defense, but Please Please Please save my husband from the Federal Governments monopolistic and oppressive control. My family really needs your help.
My husband Dave Bundy and myself talking to Las Vegas Police when they asked him to try to get the protesters to settle down.
My husband Dave Bundy cooking burgers for the Protesters. They could be upset their were no federal hamburgers cooked this day.
My husband Dave Bundy after having his face shoved into the gravel on the side of a state road by the BLM after he was caught taking pictures of what they were doing. He was taken to a Las Vegas Holding Facility and released the next morning with no charges. He had to borrow a persons cell phone in las Vegas to call his family to drive 80 miles to come and get him.
Don’t let the Federal Government Pound all of our Faces in the Gravel please help us.
Hear the Dave Bundy story of being arrested by the Federal Agents. He is a little long on his explanations but take the time to listen to his experience
Thank you Americans that care about our liberty and my family
Twenty heavily armed FBI agents, pointing guns, shoving their victims down to the ground on their faces. Smoke bombs flying everywhere.
In Dave Bundy’s case, his family was at home getting ready for school and he was out working with a couple of co-workers on his new home in Delta, UT. Wife and children terrorized. Oh, and the two co-workers were also treated similarly because they didn’t know which was Dave. Are you kidding me?
What was his crime. You read it. No charges in 2014. What NEW charges were there to bring? We shall see. If it is true to the pattern being established, you can no longer speak freely and dissent from the hegemony of the day without being severely punished. Good job, elected officials. And now we count on YOU to fix our problems.
If you are as concerned as we are, join us Sat. Mar. 5, 2016 at the Utah State Capitol. And listen online www.k-talk.com or get the app
Watch this and weep. Here is a GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT IN THE MAKING. ARDEN BUNDY. 17 YEARS OLD. WELL DONE, BUNDY FAMILY!
Watch this video and get a glimpse of the real Ammon Bundy. Please pray for – AND DEMAND – their release from prison. These are innocent men. They are husbands and fathers. They have not committed any crimes – The FBI is lying and put on a big show that cost us $3 million with false and trumped up charges.
Ammon Bundy Defense Fund:
Ryan Bundy’s support need:
“Ryan’s attorney needs character witnesses in an attempt to get him out on bail. Any of you who know him well, I (his wife) would appreciate it if you could submit a letter…they need to know that he is not violent, and not a flight risk….thank you!!!”
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To Support Pete Santilli Show, Deb Jordan’s expenses to remain in Oregon, the show and any additional charges for Pete to communicate:
Ryan Payne Defense Fund:
Jason Patrick Update and Support:
Support for Jason’s family to travel to and from Washington State to Oregon for court.
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He can get direct ship books and magazines, limit of 4 in his possession at a time. *same as all others at Portland Facility.
See the FAQ page at http://www.mcso.us/profiles for guidelines.
“kite” messages must be delivered to this location they are open 8-10.
Facility number if you have questions 503-988-5060
Visitation is easier. Set up an account at visit from home.net, they cost $5 (for 30min) and must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. He was just moved so he doesn’t yet know to check the list for a skype visit, but we are working on that. You are charged regardless of if he shows for the visit or not. See the FAQ page.
He has asked for more commissary funds as he works on adapting. The limits are much higher than we were lead to believe. See the FAQ pages to learn more if you are able and willing to assist in this way.
Jon Ritzheimer (2/13 Being held in Nevada)
Jon Ritzheimer Letters & Support:
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Thousands to gather in over 30 states on Saturday, March 5, 2016 to carry forward LaVoy Finicum’s message of original intent, to support the pardon and release of political arrests and prisoners and to call a National Day of Fasting and Prayer Sunday, March 6, 2016
On Saturday March 5, 2016 thousands of citizens will gather in more than 30 states in rallies large and small to pay tribute to Nevada rancher LaVoy Finicum, their fallen hero and spokesman for the peaceful occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The attendees will also gather in support of the pardoning and release of nearly 30 arrested and political prisoners, including Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, the “Final Four,” a radio talk show host, and Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. To find rally locations and times, go to Facebook “National Stand By Me for Liberty” and scroll down state by state.
The Finicum family is calling for a state and federal investigation of a wrongful death. LaVoy Finicum’s widow Jeanette will be speaking for the first time in this public setting at 1 PM Mountain time from the Utah State Capitol, live streamed on the LaVoy Finicum YouTube channel http://bit.ly/1QJ0UYL #IAMLaVoy #LibertyRising. Joining Mrs. Finicum on the platform are their two daughters Thara Tenney and Brittney Beck.
LaVoy and Jeanette Finicum were one of two families in Arizona granted a high-level license to foster fifty teenage boys over 20 years. Mitch Finicum testifies to the high quality parenting the eleven children and foster children received, “Our father’s death was near and dear to many hearts,” he said. He stood for liberty and lived his life in a way that showed the essence of being a free man. He welcomed all to learn, regardless of differing opinions. He showed an outpouring of love and taught that we should exercise our rights in a civil manner. Dad lived it, even laying down of his life for it. Will a man be free or will he be a slave?”
Sunday, March 6, 2016, is a National Day of Fasting and Prayer for those arrested and incarcerated and their families. Carol Bundy, wife of Nevada rancher Cliven and mother of Ammon and Ryan, who defended their constitutional property rights at their Nevada ranch in 2014 said, “We thank everyone around the world for their continued prayers and support, for waking up and realizing America is in trouble. We ask everyone to pray for America, to get a copy of the US Constitution and read it, study it, teach it. Understand the custom and culture of the West and the control the federal government has over our lands. Where in the Constitution does it give the BLM, the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service this jurisdiction?”
Finicum’s niece Jessica Fauth Edgar of Denver, Colorado, spearheaded the rallies and spoke to the organic rise of liberty-minded people everywhere who connected in a matter of days. “It is unbelievable to see how many people are coming together in such a short time to organize these rallies. Soon every state will be holding monthly town hall meetings and educational events of all types. I want to thank my Uncle LaVoy for his ultimate sacrifice that opened my eyes to the challenge our nation faces.”
On January 2, 2016, a peaceful rally drawing over 300 ranchers, sheriffs, elected officials and citizens from around the country was held in Burns, Oregon protesting the incarceration of Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. After the rally a group of ranchers and their supporters who follow Justice Antonin Scalia’s views on the Constitution called “originalism” or “original intent” walked into a federally managed wildlife refuge building, a legal trespass known as “hostile adverse possession,” used to “uncloud” titles. They spent their days helping citizens in the area uncover the long history of abuses and land grabs, teaching them of their Constitutional rights under original intent. They went freely to and from the refuge and the crowds increased as people came out to learn more.
On January 26, 2016 while traveling to one such event at the invitation of County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, where over 400 people waited, Mr. Finicum was assassinated with both hands up by the FBI and Oregon State Police in an illegal “deadman’s blockade” on a blind curve along a highway in eastern Oregon.
Finicum was a respected teacher of the Constitution and leader of rancher land rights in the Western states, and known as a peaceful man and beloved father of 11 children. Since that ambush, political prisoners have been held in solitary confinement for 14 days and without bail in Multnomah County Jail in Portland, Oregon. The protest began with a rally to oppose the incarceration of Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond in Oregon’s San Pedro jail.
The constitutional question surrounding these peaceful protests is the “original intent” interpretation of the US Constitution championed by the late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In question is a citizen’s First Amendment free speech right to a legal trespass for the purpose of “unclouding” land title and to defend property rights from gross federal overreach.
Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond were incarcerated on “double jeopardy,” false charges of arson and domestic terrorism, for which they had already served time. From the 2014 Bundy Ranch property defense to the peaceful protest at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January 2016, citizens across the nation are rising up in support of their constitutional rights and to demand the pardoning and release of those detained and arrested here, along with an undisclosed list of many more.
Arrest List as of March 1, 2016
Dwight Hammond and Steven Hammond (Oregon ranchers); Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Cliven Bundy (Nevada ranchers); Sean Anderson, David Lee Fry, Jeff Wayne Banta and Sandra Lynn Pfeifer Anderson (“The Final Four”), Peter Santilli (Radio Talk Show Host); Jon Ritzheimer, Joseph O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, Jason Patrick, Duane Leo Ehmer, Dylan Anderson, Kenneth Medenbach, Blaine Cooper, Wesley Kjar, Corey Lequieu, Neil Wampler, Jason Charles Blomgren, Darryl William Thorn, Eric Lee Flores, Geoffrey Stanek.
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Listen to this very warm and emotional interview with Jeanette Finicum, LaVoy Finicum’s widow. This is her first radio interview since he was assassinated on an Oregon highway while on his way to an event at the invitation of Sheriff Glenn Palmer where he was educating the townspeople about the Constitution. LaVoy shared the same views as the late Justice Scalia – “originalism.”
Special thanks to Dennis Michael Lynch and his TV team for taking great care to spread the truth.
Victoria Sharp, who will be singing in the memorial concert for LaVoy Finicum on Friday evening in Kanab, Utah, something she was on her way to do when their truck was ambushed on a desolate Oregon highway.
Listen to her testimony with CNN. Even though she had never seen the FBI video, she did not waiver from her strong conviction as an eye witness that LaVoy did NOT reach for a gun.
We spend hours going frame by frame of this video and pared it with Victoria’s testimony which came out immediately after the ambush because she was not arrested. Thank God for her testimony!
If the FBI video had sound, we would see that LaVoy came out of the car with both arms up and that he ran away from the car (no police in sight) and was reacting to the gun shots. In less than 15 seconds he was dead. And the FBI and mainstream media continue to repeat the lie – that he reached for his gun twice. He was murdered. And we stand by that analysis.
More and more evidence is now emerging that this is correct.
God bless LaVoy Finicum’s family. The FBI has no idea what they have ignited – we now not only have ONE Finicum. We’ve got TWELVE. His wife and children are now dedicated to carrying on his legacy of spreading the principles of the Constitution, and the unconstitutionality of environmentalism that gives overreaching power to steal people’s land and property. It is really socialism in disguise.
Finicum’s Stand for Freedom is moving forward in his children!