(Bob Hayles) Y’all make up your own mind, but here’s what I see, and why:
This is video from the FBI of the incident, including what I believe to be the murder, of LaVoy Finicun, the Oregon protester.
First I’ll deal with the video and shooting itself, and then the situation where the shooting took place.
The shooting has been termed a murder by some, including me, while the FBI says it was in response to Mr Finican attempting to draw a gun.
If you watch the video at the 9 to 10 minute mark you see the actual shooting. You see Mr Finican exiting the vehicle, hands plainly in the air. He moves away from the vehicle while continuing to keep his hands up.
Moving thru heavy snow is difficult, and it appears
to me that the first time his hands come down is a balancing reaction caused by stumbling in the heavy snow, not an attempt to retrieve a gun as the FBI claims. Had he been going for a gun he would not have raised his hands again.
The second time his hands come down to waist level the FBI claims he was again going for a gun, but the body language says something different, at least in my opinion. It looks to me as though his hands dropping is a reaction of his body to already being shot…an attempt to clutch at the wound. I believe that at thaat point he had already been shot by the law enforcement person to his rear, shooting him in the back.
Claims by the FBI that Mr Finican had a gun on him cannot be proven or disproven. The incident was in the middle of nowhere with law enforcement in total control of the scene. Putting a “throw down” on Mr Finican without being caught would have been very easy.
Second, let’s look at the situation itself. Mr Finican and his group were going to speak at a community meeting to try to get locals to support them. Law enforcement knew this, and knew it would be easy and safe to arrest them at that meeting…yet they chose to confront them in the middle of nowhere on a rural road that had been closed off SO THE ONLY EYES ON THE INCIDENT WOULD BE THE EYES OF GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES…no eyewitnesses, no media.
This is standard operating procedure when the government wants to murder an ant-government individual.
In the Randy Weaver/Ruby Ridge incident Weaver went to town often, yet the US Marshall’s Service and FBI ambushed him and his family, shooting his wife as she stood on their porch holding their baby, while they aere on their homestead in the middle of nowhere.
In the Branch Davidian/Waco, Texas incident federal officials wanted to arrest their leader, David Koresh. Koresh had been in town the day before the seige began and the feds knew it and could have easily arrested him saafely there, but waited and the results were 76, mostly women and children, dead.
I wasn’t there so I can’t state it as a fact, but in my opinion the Bend, Oregon shooting was a planned ambush, a planned murder, meant to send the message, “Screw with us and this will happen to YOU.”.