Oregon Officials Call LaVoy Finicum Death "Disturbing"

  • 03/17/2016 12:00 AM
  • Douglas V. Gibbs
New video from the Oregonian, Oregon's largest newspaper, provides a dual view of the murder of LaVoy Finicum by federal agents and Oregon State Police.  At no point did Mr. Finicum, or the passengers in his vehicle, pose a threat to the law enforcement officials who gunned down Finicum, and shot up the vehicle full of innocent and defenseless passengers.  In a statement on Tuesday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown said, “Any loss of life is regrettable, and I appreciate that the independent investigation into the actions of Oregon State Police was completed swiftly and thoroughly. . . Additional questions the investigation raised about the actions of federal agents who were also involved are troubling and properly the subject of an ongoing investigation."
Oregon's lone Republican in the U.S. Congress, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River), issued the following statement regarding the independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of LaVoy Finicum:  "This independent investigation gives us some answers to what happened, but leaves me disturbed and bewildered by the role of the FBI agents who are now under federal investigation themselves. Meanwhile, I will continue working with local officials to get results on the Steens Mountain fencing issue, federal reimbursement for the local policing costs, and to stop the monument designation in Malheur County, among other resource-related issues."
Disturbed and bewildered?  That's it?
The media and the politicians have been downplaying what happened, and in short, what we saw in Oregon with the shooting of LaVoy Finicum was an execution, an assassination of a person who dared to question the federal government.  But, the mainstream media has refused to report this as it should be, because LaVoy did not fit their agenda.  If he had been black, calling police "racist," the media would have been all over this story, and cities around the country would be suffering from rioting.  If LaVoy had been gay, the police would be called bigots, and new legislation regarding hate crimes would be in the process of being issued.  But, LaVoy Finicum was a white rancher, so we have practically a media blackout.
Watching the video, it is obvious that LaVoy Finicum never posed a threat, and voiced his intentions clearly.  The shooting of the vehicle after LaVoy was shot and killed was also unnecessary.  It is clear that the U.S. Government meant to send a message: "Stand against the Obama administration, and you will be executed in cold blood."
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