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New Video Shows Agents Began Shooting at LaVoy Finicum Before Alleged Reached for a Gun

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Various FBI agents involved in the January shooting and killing of LaVoy Finicum, one of the participants in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, are under investigation for possible misconduct involving that killing, reports The Oregonian today.

The paper has some newly released video, appended at the end of this post, that syncs external video with video shot from inside the truck Finicum was driving with four other passengers, chronicling the last minutes of Finicum’s life.

We see and hear when first stopped by agents—both FBI and Oregon state troopers were involved—that Finicum wanted to continue on to the city of John Day in Grant County for a planned community meeting which he seemed to think would involve the sheriff there.

He tells the officers who first stopped them that that’s what he intends to do and invites them to either follow him there or to just kill him right now. “You want a bloodbath, it’s going to be on your hands…I’m either going to be laying down here on the ground with my blood on the street or I’m going to see the sheriff,” he said.

He drives off around 4:30 of the video below until hitting the roadblock that leads him to zoom offroad to the left.

This newly released video, shot from inside Finicum’s vehicle, does indeed, for those who want to blame Finicum for what happened, literally show him telling the agents that they might as well “go ahead and shoot me” when he’s out of the car and right before they fire the shots that kill him.

But the most interesting and damning thing the video makes clear is that agents started shooting at him, twice, before any of the “appearing to reach in his pocket for a gun” that supposedly justified the kill shots. See starting around 5:30 of the video.

So, there is something for the “narrative” for everyone: those who insist Finicum basically wanted to be shot have his reckless behavior and his shouted goading to the agents.

Those who insist the cops were illegitimately out to kill him from the start have the evidence that they began shooting him just as he exited the vehicle and long before any apparent “reaching for a gun.”

If you want to hear frightened people praying for their life in a truck as cops keep shooting at them, both gas rounds and what seem to me to be bullets, watch/listen to the whole video below.


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