Friday, January 26, 2018

Family of Rancher Killed in Oregon Standoff Sues US, Police

Police gunned down a leader of the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge “assassination style” as he fled Oregon’s Harney County, his family claims in federal court.

Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was a spokesman for the 41-day occupation, led by Ammon Bundy’s coalition of Mormon ranchers and militiamen. Bundy and his gang believe the federal government has no authority to own land, outside of narrow military purposes. They took over the federal bird sanctuary, claiming to seize ownership on behalf of local ranchers.

There was never any dispute about the three bullets that killed Finicum. Oregon State Police said two days after his death that they had fired the shots, along with three more. Six weeks later, investigators with the FBI, the Department of Justice Inspector General and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said the shots fired that day by the police were “justified and necessary.”

But Finicum’s widow claims the shooting was politically motivated. In her lawsuit, she says her husband “was deliberately executed by a pre-planned government ambush, after he had exited his vehicle with his hands up.”

In her lawsuit, filed on her behalf by attorneys Lisa Ludwig of Ludwig Runstein in Portland, Oregon, and J. Morgan Philpot of Alpine, Utah, Jeanette Finicum likened her husband’s situation to that of a North Korean citizen “attempting a desperate border run for safety.”

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