The daughter of Robert LaVoy Finicum, the Oregon militiaman shot dead by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during a traffic stop on Highway 395 on January 26, 2016, claims that her father was “murdered” execution-style with his hands in the air, an account backed up by an eyewitness to the incident.
Protesters involved in the weeks-long occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, including leader Ammon Bundy, were ambushed by law enforcement as they traveled to the city of John Day to attend a community meeting set up by local residents.
“Everyone obeyed orders to surrender except two people: LaVoy Finicum and Bundy’s brother, Ryan Bundy,” a law enforcement official told CNN.
Media reports about the incident simply state that “shots were fired,” although Finicum’s daughter Thara Lynn Tenney posted a message on her Facebook page last night asserting that her father had already surrendered before he was gunned down.
“I want the world to know how my father was murdered today. His hands were in the air and he was shot in the face by the American authorities. Ammon Bundy reported there are 6 witnesses to this evil,” wrote Tenney.
Her testimony was echoed by another eyewitness, Victoria Sharp, who was in the car with Finicum when the group were pulled over by cops and federal agents.
Sharp claims that Finicum put his hands out of the car window and asked the police to allow the women to leave the car.
“They shot at him, but they missed him,” said Sharp, adding that the group then attempted to drive away in the car but were shot at again by police.
“When we crashed and stopped for a second, he got out of the car, he had his hands in the air, he’s like ‘just shoot me then’….and they did, they shot him dead,” said Sharp.
“He was just walking, with his hands in the air, I swear to God, and they shot him dead and after he was down on the ground, shot him three more times,” said Sharp, adding that the vehicle was again “bombarded with bullets” as well as tear gas rounds.
Sharp says that the group tried to “find something white” so they could display it as a sign of surrender. She challenges news reports that only six shots were fired, asserting, “they shot at least 120 shots altogether.”
Sharp also claims that none of the individuals in the car pulled out a gun at any point and that the incident was an “ambush” with “FBI snipers in the trees” surrounding the vehicle.
“They had their hands out of the window to show they were not firing, nothing, we showed no aggression at all,” said Sharp.
We know some state police were involved, but it’s clear this was an outright murder done under the control and command of the FBI.
Robert LaVoy Finicum was a man who loved ‘Nothing More in Life Than God, Family & Freedom’. He posted the below video of his family singing ‘Amazing Grace’ just hours before his death.
On his Twitter page, Mr. Finicum went by the moniker “@OneCowboysStand.” His bio on the page reads, “Rancher, Loves Freedom and willing to fight and die defending it.” His Twitter pseudonym is taken from his book title, One Cowboy’s Last Stand for Freedom. In an interview on NBC, Mr. Finicum said, “There are things more important than your life, and freedom is one of them. I’m prepared to defend freedom.”
Mr. Finicum wrote, “The Constitution of the United States of America is a charter to protect the freedom of man by putting strict limits on government. We are living in a day when that supreme law of the land has been shredded by the very government that took an oath to uphold it. By their actions the Federal Government has become lawless and stalks the liberties of this land under the guise of social justice.”
Below is a video taking a look back at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum’s role during the Oregon standoff in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.
One person is dead and Oregon protest leader Ammon Bundy, along with several others, were arrested after a highway confrontation with the FBI and state police on Tuesday.
Shots were reportedly fired after authorities stopped the protestors on U.S. Highway 395 while they were headed to a community meeting in John Day, Ore., on the 24th day of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.
Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan W. Payne were arrested during the stop, and it’s unclear who started the shooting, although sources are reporting that Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum, who gained fame for conducting a TV interview from beneath a blue tarp, was killed.
Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy and Peter Santilli were also arrested separately in Burns, Ore.
Not long after the arrests, FBI agents raided the wildlife refuge but it is unknown how many of the three dozen members of the protest, if any, were still at the headquarters during the raid.
All those arrested are facing various federal felony charges.
Bundy and the protestors took over the wildlife refuge earlier this month after two local ranchers, the Hammonds, were sent to prison after the Bureau of Land Management accused them of setting fires on federal land.
The Hammonds, however, did not approve of the protest and distanced themselves from the occupation.
The protestors lost further support after a series of questionable activities, including filming themselves waving around sex toys shipped to them by counter-protestors and releasing a video of a loincloth-clad “militant” challenging Chris Christie to a sumo match, sparked allegations that several members of the protest were in fact government agent provocateurs.
The accusations gained momentum once the mainstream media used the self-destructive videos to ridicule conservatives and libertarians in general.
When you put it all together, it’s clear the FBI killed an American citizen for peacefully protesting government overreach. Shot him dead in cold blood.
In order to sway public opinion to turn against the group, the FBI released a supposedly unedited video of the events of Lavoy Tinicum’s death taken on 01/26/2016 and released by the FBI on 01/28/2016.
What you will not see is that Ryan Payne exited the truck in order to attempt to convince FBI to allow the women to leave the truck, safely. At no time do you see Ryan Payne exit the truck in this FBI “full and unedited video.” The supposed unedited FBI video only clearly shows 3 other people, besides Finicum, exiting the truck when the eye witness testimony tells that 5 people were in the truck.
At 2:40 the camera suddenly zooms out of view of the white truck, and doesn’t regain contact with the truck until 3:37. In the lower right corner you briefly see someone (presumably Payne) being taken away with cuffed hands over his head at 3:56. There is no visual on the truck when the witness testified the FBI shot at Ryan Payne when he stuck his head and arms out the window to get the FBI’s attention in requesting the women be released from the truck.
The below footage is what the FBI considers an unedited video after they blurred out the aircraft information along with the time clock. Was it really unedited?
While watching this video, one should realize Robert LaVoy Finicum had just witnessed the FBI fire a gun at an unarmed man. He had two women in his vehicle with him. Fearing for their safety, he drove off from a police traffic stop to try to get to the safety of the Sheriff in the neighboring county. As he came upon a roadblock, he skidded off the road into the snow. He got out and immediately put his hands up and started yelling that he wanted to talk to the sheriff. He was then shot in the body. You can see him repeatedly reaching for his side where he was shot. The authorities kept screaming at him to put his hands up, which he tried to do but the pain cause him to keep clutching his body. He points at his vehicle to warn the authorities to not hurt the women in it. He is then shot again and falls down, still trying to put his hands in the air. After he collapses he is shot again.
STATEMENT FROM THE LAVOY FINICUM FAMILY
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 rereviewing 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.”
“Where 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.
The official FBI Statement says, “On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.”
So were did Mr. Finicum suddenly acquire a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun when he has always been seen with a revolver? Even if he had such a weapon, don’t you think Mr. Finicum would of exited the vehicle with the gun in hand if he intended to shoot it out with police?
Furthermore, the official FBI video shows Mr. Finicum didn’t put his hands down until he is apparently being shot in the chest stomach area. This is clearly seen in his erratic confused quick steps when his hands go down. This was a man being shot, and unless you have seen this before you might not understand it.
If this wasn’t an ambush, then why was at least one police officer laying in wait within the woods? Also, why afterwards didn’t the police follow department rules and procedures involving an armed suspect and immediately secure the gun, or call for an ambulance?
Clearly the FBI is lying, especially when you consider the fact Mr. Finicum is a right handed shooter and kept his revolver on his right hip, and more importantly he left his gun and holster at the refuge. The gun was shown on video at the refuge after the shooting.
One can’t escape the uneasy facts that this was a well orchestrated ambush by the government against Robert LaVoy Finicum, a Constitutional Patriot and a Grandfather with no record of violence. He was trapped in a lonely road ambush and cut down in cold blood while driving to engage in negotiations, which says this was a set up pure and simple to get the leader of these protesters.
While an argument can always be made Mr. Finicum and the other protesters broke certain laws or overstepped the boundaries of propriety, their actions amounted to little more than civil disobedience.
The question now is, who will be next? For their will be no full and transparent investigation done to stop this from happening again, not to mention, the arrest and prosecution of those involved in this murder.
Investigators released a graphic video of LaVoy Finicum traffic stop and shooting, March 8, 2016.
Watch and see how Robert LaVoy Finicum was executed.
Below is the enlarged view from within the vehicle.
CLICK HERE to read an open letter to the FBI agents that killed LaVoy Finicum.