An eyewitness said that the shooting that took place on Tuesday that resulted in the death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum all happened as a result of federal agents firing their weapons unlawfully. The woman claims that not one of the people who were stopped drew their gun. All of the bullets fired were from federal agents.
First, take a listen to Mark McConnell, who lists all the people who were in the vehicles when the stop occurred. He makes mention of an unnamed 18-year-old girl, who I'll let you hear later in the article, who claims to have been inside the truck when the shooting occurred.
"All of them had like a laser on us, it was turn off the car, put your hands out the window," Sharp told the interviewer. "So, he put his hands out the window so they could see he didn't have a gun and he said, 'we're going to talk to the sheriff right now. Either you can put a bullet through my head right now or we're going to talk to the sheriff.'"
She says Ryan Payne put his hands out of the window and attempted to speak to the agents who pulled them over. However, she also said that as soon as he put his head out of the window, someone took a shot at him, but missed.
"Oh they mean business, they are going to shoot us," she said the Payne said in response.
LaVoy then exited the vehicle, according to Sharp, and LaVoy told the agents, "I'm just going to drive and I'm just gonna talk to the sheriff, or shoot me now or let us go."
"Get out of the car and put your hands up," was the response of the agents.
Payne then drove away. Everyone got in the floorboard, according to Sharp, as the agents unleashed a hailstorm of bullets into the vehicle. Apparently, LaVoy's diesel truck got stuck in a snow bank. This is probably what McConnell references in his video about an attempt to possibly go around a road block that had been set up a mile up the road. More bullets were shot into the vehicle, according to Sharp.
Ryan Bundy was apparently shot in the shoulder sometime in the middle of this.
She then claims that LaVoy exited the vehicle with his hands in the air shouting, " If I can't see the sheriff, just shoot me then."
"They shot him right there… they shot him dead, and after he was down on the ground, they shot him three more times, and then they bombarded our vehicle with bullets."
Sharp claims the agents used gas on the truck several times. The woman claims that the media's report of only three shots being fired is grossly inaccurate and she estimated that there were well over 100 shots fired, all by the agents. She also claims that though they were armed, not one of the passengers of the vehicle went for their weapon.
She also claims there were a lot of vehicles and that numerous lasers were targeted on each of them. It begs the question how any of them survived. Does anyone remember this incident in which 13 police officers shot 137 rounds into a car that left two dead
The daughter of LaVoy Finicum, the Oregon militiaman shot dead by police during a traffic stop on Highway 395 yesterday, 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 apprehended 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.
Sharp’s testimony is contradicted by another individual who said he spoke to Ammon Bundy’s security guard and that LaVoy Finicum had “charged” at police officers after he exited the vehicle.
Protesters who remain at the occupied federal building have vowed to continue their stance as authorities continue to insist they want a “peaceful” resolution to the matter.
Power is like cancer. It grows and eventually destroys whatever it preys upon. The only way to constrain power is with greater power. But therein lays the insoluble problem. Government was an attempt to provide order to society. It was granted power over others to keep order. But granting such power and controlling it was not possible. Who was to constrain the power? No entity with power willingly limits its power. Setting up another layer of government or power to do so only worsens the situation. Ultimately all power succumbs to Lord Acton’s undeniable truth:
Power granted is always limited yet it always grows and is abused. Power, even in small doses, qualifies as tyranny. Idealists may not recognize it as such until it becomes so great that the tyranny can no longer be denied or ignored. The notion of limited government is fantastical. It is the belief in unicorns, tooth fairies and Santa Claus! Only the young or naive believe in such things.
History provides no examples of government staying within the bounds granted. All governments grow and become increasingly oppressive. The passage of time and human nature ensure such outcomes.
It will be the first shot fired against the Empire. It will be ineffective but will be the first signal that the process of citizens taking back their country has begun.
Donald Trump (or Bernie) is a sign of how frustrated the electorate has become. Voters don’t know how to stop what is happening to them and their country but they are mad as hell and are not going to take this anymore. The upcoming election will change nothing. The best that the public can hope for is to elect a wrecking ball that will dent or damage some of the government apparatus. That is probably a foolish hope, almost certainly one that will not be fulfilled.
The ballot box will be ineffective in satisfying the public. Other means will be tried. The Empire will not stand idly by while its power is threatened. It will strike back at any attempt to slow its growth or rate of plunder. It will become truly vicious, not unlike a wounded and cornered animal. Power is never relinquished willingly.
Government, more properly called The State, has always been dependent on a myth. That myth is that society cannot be orderly without government and that all perceived ills can be solved by it. The reality is that society preceded government and that the State is little more than an Al Capone with better PR and no Eliot Ness.
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