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Freedom’s Cry – Lyrics and Music Finicum Sisters

Freedom’s Cry
Written and Performed by The LaVoy Finicum daughters
A Tribute to LaVoy Finicum, the Arizona rancher and father of 11 who was killed in an apparent FBI-OPS operation ambush near Burns, Oregon, Tuesday, January 26, 2016


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LaVoy Finicum Family Statement

NEWS RELEASE

The family of Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum, killed in Oregon shooting, has released the following statement:

We know that there are always at least two sides to every story. We also know and recognize that the FBI and law enforcement agencies involved will do everything in their power to make it appear as if the needless death of our husband, father, grandfather, brother and son, LaVoy Finicum, was justified.
Like almost everyone else, we were not there, so we don’t know exactly what happened. Like most others, we have no choice but to rely on other sources of information. One of those sources of information is the account of Victoria Sharp. Another piece of information is the video recently released by the FBI, along with the FBI’s chosen narrative of what happened. In response to this information, we would like to make a few observations.

The first observation is that from what we understand, the occupation was on track toward a peaceful resolution. LaVoy and those he was with were en route to a public meeting in an adjoining county when they were stopped in something far different than a “routine traffic stop,” as has been portrayed by the media. Unfortunately, the powers that be were not interested in being patient enough for the occupation to come to a peaceful end. Some had called for LaVoy and those he was with to simply be gunned down, just as he was, with no due process. Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, was putting pressure on the FBI to end it sooner rather than later. The Harney County Sheriff’s Department working in conjunction with the FBI tried to do everything they could to emphasize how disruptive the occupation was to the local community, when in reality it appears to have been their own reaction that was causing most of the disruption. And it was the FBI that chose to escalate the situation to force a confrontation, and violent ending.

With respect to the actual facts and circumstances surrounding LaVoy’s death, the video really speaks for itself. People will interpret it according to their own views. As the FBI’s own narrative stated, LaVoy was not wielding a firearm or any other weapon when he was killed. His hands were obviously in the air. Knowing LaVoy, it is our view that he was moving away from the vehicle in an attempt to draw any hostility or violence away from the others. Unfortunately, we don’t know what he was saying, and what was being said to him. 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. After re-reviewing the extended video, at this point we are not accepting at face value the FBI’s statement that LaVoy was actually armed. But even if he was, as far as we can see,that firearm posed no more danger to anyone than it would have if he had stayed in the vehicle, with his hands on the steering wheel. Contrary to what has been stated by some sources, LaVoy was not “charging” anyone. He appears to have been shot in the back, with his hands in the air.

It is our understanding that according to applicable law, the use of deadly force is justified only if there is a genuine threat of death or serious bodily injury. It is our understanding and position that deadly force should only be used as a last resort. In LaVoy’s case it appears that they were determined to go straight to the last resort. It is our understanding that the U.S. Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of appeals have ruled as follows:

“The reasonableness of [officers’] actions depends both on whether the officers were in danger at the precise moment that they used force and on whether [the officers’] own reckless or deliberate conduct during the seizure unreasonably created the need to use such force.”

“[W]here an officer intentionally or recklessly provokes a violent confrontation . . . he may be held liable for his otherwise defensive use of deadly force.” Although officers may claim self-defense, they may still be liable for using excessive force if their reckless and unconstitutional actions create the need to use excessive force.

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.

At this point we will await the outcome of any investigation, but based on the information currently available to us, we do not believe that LaVoy’s shooting death was justified. We likewise can’t see any justification for the force and risk of serious injury or death that was exerted against the others in the truck, who posed no threat.

We know that under such circumstances law enforcement typically makes every attempt to cast such shooting victims in the worst possible light. In that regard, we also want to observe and emphasize that LaVoy had a squeaky clean record, and had never had so much as a speeding ticket. In addition to raising his own eleven children, he had also been entrusted with the care of at least 50 foster children over the course of approximately 10 years.

On January 7, 2016, LaVoy issued an official statement from the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Among other things, the statement said:

“We want to clarify that we share any and all concerns about safety for everyone involved, including ourselves, our families, the public, and law enforcement officers. All lives are important to us. Ultimately, we want everyone involved to be able to return safely to their homes and families.

We are deeply troubled and saddened that our governments do not share the same concern for human life. We are deeply troubled that our governments would view whatever was happening at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to be worth spilling blood over. We are deeply troubled and saddened that our governments have come to place so little value on life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness.

We love LaVoy as our husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. He was a hero to us. We believe he died as a patriotic martyr. Regardless of any and all differing opinions, we know that he died standing for a cause HE believed in.

LaVoy’s funeral will be held in Kanab, Utah on Friday, February 5, 2016. We take comfort in our faith and our belief that LaVoy is now in a better place. May our dear Lord bless and receive him into that realm. We sincerely appreciate all the thoughts and prayers that have been sent our way. We pray for those who chose to take LaVoy’s life. We desire justice and genuine accountability for what happened, but we pray for them.

And finally, we thank God for this country and what it is supposed to stand for. We pray for this country, and that God will please bless, help and forgive us all.

Please contribute to the memorial fund here.

My Evening With LaVoy Finicum’s Family

This is an Account of My Evening with Members of the LaVoy Finicum Family
as the Terrorizing Tragedy of their Father’s Execution-Style Killing
by the FBI-Coordinated State Trooper Ambush Unfolded

BREAKING NEWS, Tuesday, January 26, 2016: Arizona Rancher LaVoy Finicum Dead.

Listen to our radio show Wednesday, January 27, 2016, The Liberty Lineup www.k-talk.com AM 630 SLC 10-Noon Mountain time. We will share the details about this execution-style killing of a Great American Cowboy LaVoy Finicum.

lavoy-finicum-01102016Another all-nighter.  Eye witness accounts tell us that at approximately 4:25 PM, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, LaVoy Finicum and Ammon Bundy and the other ranchers were en route to a gathering of citizens in Oregon, where they were occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in an attempt to reclaim the land that once belonged to the people.  Ammon was the invited speaker. As we now are gathering details, they were traveling on the state highway when state troopers ambushed them. What happened next is not yet clear. We do know that LaVoy is dead. Ryan Bundy was slightly wounded from gunshot, and eight people have been arrested on felony charges.

I was with one of LaVoy’s daughters and her family in Utah when this story unfolded,

On Tuesday evening, I was returning from my son’s house about 45 minutes away from mine, not far from LaVoy Finicum’s daughters home. I felt an urgency to call her and see how she was doing. She hadn’t heard from her father that afternoon, and she had heard there was some trouble in Oregon. I pulled over and found a video on my cell phone with an ominous headline of a shooting.

I went straight to their home.

Earlier that day LaVoy and I had shared texts about some media. I told him that his daughter and I were going to try to get up to Burns next week so we could do some eyewitness reporting for the radio show.

LaVoy’s last text arrived at 2:56 PM Mountain time. It said, “Be safe. It looks like Ammon may come to the Boise meeting just to show support.” Idaho ranchers are scheduled to gather next Saturday to join the growing movement to sign letters of intent to withdraw from being managed by the BLM, in large part because of the courage of LaVoy and Ammon.

Let me tell you about the man I came to know through these phone calls and texts. Over the past three weeks, every time LaVoy texted me he was peaceful and calm – always full of encouragement and great faith. To him, it was all in the Lord’s hands. His family followed suit.

I’m broken-hearted at the loss of this sincere and courageous man. He did say from the beginning that he would rather die for the cause of Liberty than live behind bars. My feelings are very raw.

As we were frantically searching for news on the Internet, I saw a chat post that said LaVoy was dead. I stopped and then thought, Oh my God. Do I tell his daughter? – It’s not confirmed. I felt I had to mention it, quickly asserting that, indeed it was not confirmed.

Then we got a call from LaVoy’s wife, but we could not understand her words. I instructed her to go to the police department for confirmation, and she did. Next we received a call from Ammon Bundy’s sister confirming a call she had received from Ammon that LaVoy had been shot and killed, with both hands up – no guns. LaVoy’s brother Guy confirmed it as well.

Who does this? WHO? What sort of human being could shoot to kill a kind and loving grandfather like that? They had done no harm. Only by propaganda could the FBI and the media have collaborated to demonize LaVoy Finicum. I will never forget the disgusting and degrading Tavis Smiley comedy sketch about “Tarpman,” with an entire interview in front of a blue mound of tarp – LaVoy covering up to keep warm as he kept watch over the safety of the people inside the refuge.  To his children’s credit, they took that label and turned it around making it the “brand,” and everyone started referring to LaVoy as “Tarpman.”

At first reports were conflicting.  One said hundreds of shots were fired.  Then another – lethal shots were 6-9.  And another said three shots were fired. Later an audio recording from a Bundy supporter in the refuge said LaVoy was on his knees with hands up when he was shot dead, bringing horrific images to mind of an terrorist style execution.

THIS IS YOUR FBI, Americans. Is this Liberty or tyranny? Who ARE we anyway? WAKE UP!

We learned that approximately 3 hours after that last text LaVoy was killed. The others were arrested. Ryan Bundy, Ammon’s brother, was slightly injured with a gunshot wound and now all eight are arrested. There were six witnesses to the killing.

Four hours had passed, and no one notified his wife or family. She was at a daughter’s basketball game. Were there any witnesses to make sure there was no tampering with evidence? Was there a video recording? We don’t have all the information yet.

Here is one of the first links with updated time marks.

This is your trusted media and government in action. Are you proud of this land of Liberty?

Yes, I’m angry. And in shock. Words cannot express the devastation this good family is feeling. Yes, there is evil in this world, and you are witnessing it. I will testify that the people on the Internet that have opposed these people on my Facebook wall are enemies of Liberty. They are enemies of all things good. Their posts are lewd, pornographic, vulgar, demeaning, sarcastic and threatening. I have the screen shots of these posts and have skimmed the content of their Facebook pages to know that in general they represent the far Left – socialists, communists, Marxists, Maoists, who support gun control, animal rights, abortion, and the very environmental policies that have brought these ranchers to this point.

We can also blame our progressive education system, our elected leaders – both sides of the aisle, and especially our media. They hate everything good and religious. The FBI, our federal government and the media do the bidding of this evil.

You can blame anything and anyone, but don’t blame the protestors, Ammon Bundy or LaVoy Finicum. In my own history is a great great grandfather who was forced to leave everything behind in England because he joined a strange religious following in America – the Mormons. He and his family pushed a handcart in pursuit of a dream – Zion. He died along the North Platte River. Two weeks later the ill-fated pioneer party was caught in a blizzard at Martin’s Cove, Sweetwater, Wyoming where they nearly froze to death. They miraculously were rescued and made it to the Salt Lake Valley.

Years later in a Sunday School class the members were criticizing the handcart company for their lack of judgment. An elderly man in the room stood and said he had been among them. He chastised them saying, “We came to know God in our extremities.”

For everything there is a reason and a purpose under heaven. Please refrain from sideline quarterbacking.

In front of me was a young woman who had just lost her dad. Her hero. I have indelibly etched in my memory a sweet young family of four young boys, 12 and under (baby asleep – who will never know his grandpa), tears running down their young faces as they first learned their grandpa was dead. Images of a family holding each other tightly in the kitchen, mother sitting on a stool, and each consoling her as she crumbled over in agonizing sobs.

I hugged and held this hurting family, especially LaVoy’s daughter as she buried her head into my chest and I surrounded her my arms. LaVoy’s brother Guy called to confirm the news, and then I helped the family sort through decisions. I started to get the word out to our social networkers. (Thank you, Janalee Tobias. You are an angel.)

In an awkward moment I hugged her and said it was OK.  Then I instantly thought. No.  It’s not.  And she looked at me and said just that, “NO.  IT’S NOT OK.”   She was absolutely right.  It’s NOT OK.  And it’s still NOT OK.

I looked at this young mother of four and held her head up.  “You know, your dad’s nearby, just remember that.”  She and some of her siblings and mother had gone to Oregon to be with their dad as their own tensions mounted.  LaVoy had a feeling he would never see them again, so he gave them a traditional (Biblical) father’s blessing and they prayed together and said their goodbyes.

But that night, I pulled the boys aside and told them, “I know you’re feeling all kinds of emotions – anger, sadness – but remember HE DIED FOR YOUR LIBERTY.  Never to lose faith in God. God is over all and knows all. Your grandfather died for a purpose. He is a hero.”

Then they prepared to travel to be with their mother at the ranch, and we ask for your prayers.

So you say, “Well, no, it’s LaVoy’s fault. He got himself in that pickle.” No, my friends, WE got him in that pickle. Because WE have stood by and allowed our nation to become a tyrannical form of government that slaughters grandfathers fighting for their land and for standing for the Hammond’s who have been wrongfully incarcerated as arsonists and domestic terrorists.

I testify that LaVoy Finicum was a good and honorable man. He died for Liberty. He has a faithful family who believe in the cause of Liberty and trust in him and his faith.

He was killed in cold blood by an FBI controlled ambush by a state trooper. These are the real terrorists. The FBI came to terrorize, frighten and intimidate the people of this town so as to encourage the people to want them gone. Oregon is one of the most bureaucratic and corrupt states in the nation, run by statists and progressives. Harney County employs mostly federal employees. That’s a federal takeover.

The media worked with the FBI to black out all media. That way they could control it and continue to ridicule and demonize and mock these good men, falsely accusing them of being heavily armed militia.

Don’t you Easterners know that every rancher “open carries?” Many in Utah have concealed carry permits, myself included.

The week before, I watched the video of the town hall where the Mayor, the Judge and the Sheriff (who should be tried for being an accomplice to this murder and removed from office for unconstitutionally turning the county over to the FBI) as they skillfully had pitted the people against the protestors. I could see it would be an uphill climb. I prayed every day for their safety. The Liberty Lineup Radio Show did all it could to tell the truth to help everyone be safe.

LaVoy’s daughter and family began packing to leave, and I said goodbye and as I got into my car, I cried. And prayed. I returned home around 10:30 PM. I asked my husband if it was all over the news.

NOPE. NOTHING BUT … TRUMP. GOD HELP AMERICA.

WHERE ARE ANY OF THESE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES? ALL THEY TALK ABOUT IS THE MIDDLE EAST AND STOPPING TERRORISM. WHY DON’T THEY STOP THIS TERRORISM FROM THE GOVERNMENT RIGHT HERE AT HOME? WE WANT OUR LAND BACK IN THE WESTERN STATES.

The saying goes, “When the people fear government, that’s tyranny. When the government fears the people, that’s Liberty.

Friends, I’ve been on the front lines of key causes supporting family and religious liberty for decades. I learned along ago – never, ever trust what you see on TV or hear on the radio without verifying it and knowing you trusted source. I’ve learned THEY. LIE.

FBI and state troopers, YOU will be held accountable for this cold-blooded, ruthless manner in which you killed LaVoy Finicum. What I saw in his three grandsons’ innocent and pure-hearted eyes and anguished faces that night when they learned how he was killed will never go away as long as I live.

Here’s the long list of enablers of this crime against these innocent people: You who were up there in Oregon agitating as agent provocateurs and terrorizing this community, criticizing and intentionally aggravating people’s emotions – talk show hosts and bloggers that were on site agitating with their frenetic and angry voices, you know who you are.

Elected officials: the Mayor, the Sheriff YOU abandoned his county and turned it over to the FBI, the Judge and all the crony capitalists he manipulates. The complicit media: CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal … on down to the local papers here in Utah – The Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, the news wires, and the talk show hosts.

YOU could have helped us all over this nation to get the real stories out instead of blacking them out after the false image you gave them, destroying their good reputations. Then there’s our cowardly elected officials in the Western states legislatures and in Washington DC who do nothing to solve the problems that have brought us to this place.

You have betrayed us. You have betrayed our republic and the US Constitution. You have enabled with your pride, your arrogance, your smugness, and your egotistical judgment.

You left it to the little guys on small independent stations of which not many still exist – to work overtime to get the Truth out. And worse, with all of this, YOU helped put these men in harm’s way, and now one of the best of them is dead.

I’m calling you out: Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, FOX News. shame on you. Where WERE you?

And us. Me. I somehow feel I didn’t do enough. I have 210 hours radio, but very short of volunteer staff to assist with all the research and content. Another all nighter.

And may I mention our churches – our synagogues. When will the people wake up to the awful tyranny of our federal government and this oppression against religious liberty, which includes property. Our ranchers have lost their land in the name of global compassion but really global greed – and both Republicans and Democrats have sold their livelihoods to the federal government and forced them to go overseas.

In the end, only the Lord God can judge. May He have mercy on us all.

To you of Harney County. Many of YOU were manipulated. I hope these ranchers’ courageous actions at least created a public awareness that – in spite of your hateful chants “Go Home!” you will have even a small sum of the courage of LaVoy Finicum, and that you will fix what others may be incarcerated for trying to fix.

I hope that even YOU in our Eastern States might begin to understand something’s seriously wrong, that good men – not the dangerous nut cases they were strategically portrayed to be – would give their lives for the Liberty of others.

I hope all Americans will investigate what’s actually at stake in this ongoing attack on our American farmers and ranchers and their land: Uranium. And more. Read here   and   here.

Now, it’s time for all of us to unite with other ranchers and farmers of the Western states where communities, once prosperous, now impoverished, and to carry on the work of these great ranchers that needs to be done to restore the rule of law for which LaVoy died. Where are you?

Are you the summer soldiers and sunshine patriots of which Patrick Henry once spoke? Or are you ready to join the cause to set things right for the Hammonds, for these ranchers and for all Americans who have been feeling the heavy hand of a federal government out of control?

LaVoy has just become a martyr, and this will only galvanize these ranchers. These cowboys are a tough bunch. It’s the Great American Cowboy that won the west, and it looks like it’s going to be the Great American Cowboy who is going to win it back again. Time to rally, ranchers! #RanchersRising #RanchersLivesMatter #HelpHammonds

And God bless the Finicum’s at this sad time.

They Won the West

UPDATE – Much has happened since this Tuesday evening, January 26, 2016. Several posts on this site tell the story. Our prayers will forever be with this good family and their brave father who gave his life for Liberty. This sone was written and sung by his daughters. It says it all.

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