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The mainstream media called it ‘case closed’ after the FBI released its aerial footage of the ambush and shooting of Lavoy Finicum. Now, new evidence reveals that there was likely foul play and a misrepresentation by Federal and State authorities involved in the recent killing of rancher and protester Lavoy Finicum.
As 21WIRE reported at the time (although ignored by the Oregonian and other mainstream media outlets) that without any audio track to synch with the FBI’s aerial footage, it was impossible to really tell when shots were fired and if the official story was actually true. At the time, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Greg Bretzing, insisted that their footage provided an “honest and unfiltered view” of what happened. However, new evidence tells different story, and appears to demonstrate exactly how the official story was intentionally distorted by authorities in order to cover-up what really happened that day.
At yesterday’s Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office press conference, officials claimed that the state trooper tactical team members were ‘justified’ in killing Finicum because the officers “feared for their lives.” However, authorities are now saying that the FBI agents involved are now being investigated for firing shots… and never reporting them:
New Evidence Shows Foul Play, Cover-up by FBI and OSP in Shooting of Lavoy Finicum
Officials in Oregon said on Tuesday that state troopers were justified in fatally shooting LaVoy Finicum, who was part of an armed group that had occupied a wildlife refuge, because they feared for their lives.
However, authorities also said that FBI agents involved in the encounter were being investigated for firing shots and never reporting them.
Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson said two bullets believed to be fired by FBI agents did not strike Finicum, who was hit by three rounds fired by state troopers. But Nelson announced at a news conference Tuesday that because the FBI agents “did not disclose their shots to investigators, nor did they disclose specific actions they took after the shooting,” his office and the Justice Department would both investigate.
originally posted by: Slanter
Interesting video, and while it does show 2 shots (that didn't hit anybody) fired on the truck as soon as finicum got out that needs to be investigated, lets address a few claims made about this event that have been cleared up by this video.
#1: "officers fired on the vehicle before they drove off." They claimed that the reason finicum drove off is because someone leaned their head out and was shot at. I didn't see any indication of that in this video, they just drove off.
Payne, the tactical leader of the occupation, surrendered after a state trooper fired a plastic tipped 40mm pepper spray round that struck the truck's canopy.
#2: "finicum was already shot before he got out of the truck." No shots were fired until the two when he got out of the Truck.
One of those two troopers moments earlier had fired at Finicum's truck as it barreled toward the police roadblock. That trooper hit the truck with three rounds, investigators concluded.
#3: "Finicum wasn't reaching for a gun when he was shot, he was reaching for a wound." The cell phone video shows he was only shot three times, and all three shots came AFTER (a surprising amount after) he started reaching for his pocket.
#4: "There were hundreds of shots fired at the vehicle" Nope
How bout being shot in the back? Those Fbi agents or troopers were cowards and deserve to be put on trial.
And like a monk, Finicum waxed poetic when asked earlier this month whether he was prepared to die rather than go to jail for occupying a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon.
“Absolutely,” he told NBC’s Tony Dokoupil on Jan. 5. “I have been raised in the country all my life. I love dearly to feel the wind on my face, to see the sun rise, to see the moon in the night. I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box.”
The two FBI agents are being investigated as to whether they fired two shots and didn't report doing so.
So the evidence you think proves foul play isn't because he was shot...
As for the FBI the two shots that they are being investigated for didn't hit Finicum so they aren't trying to cover anything that has to do with Finicum being killed.
Tim Colahan, Harney County district attorney who asked Norris to handle the shooting investigation, said in a prepared statement that "we will continue to work to determine how the HRT operators' actions played into the events. We reserve the right, as Oregonians, to hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions."
originally posted by: Slanter
a reply to: Boadicea
That do you mean we don't know how many times he was shot at? Thats the same crap people were saying about the drone footage, That whole argument was predicated on there not being any audio to hear reports. You can clearly hear the three shots that brought Finicum down.
Yes, I don't know how many shots were fired at the vehicle exactly, but I damn sure didn't hear "Hundreds" of bullets hitting the truck at any point.
originally posted by: Leto2
a reply to: tsurfer2000h
If they tried to cover up anything they're in the wrong and shouldn't be in their position. Shouldnt police (or any government agency) be completely transparent?