The Finicum Family’s Fight Is America’s Fight


On January 26, 2016 – LaVoy Perished in a hail of unprovoked bullets from the FBI and Oregon State Police. The shooting was so egregious that FBI Agent Joseph Astarita is on trial for trying to cover-up his part for shooting LaVoy. LaVoy’s wife Jeanette Finicum has filed a wrongful death lawsuit which so far seems to be moving forward.

 

Justin Smith effectively memorializes the unjust murder as a warning that there are crooked FBI personnel willing to circumvent the Constitution for their own version of law enforcement. Be wary President Trump.

 

JRH 7/27/18

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The Finicum Family’s Fight Is America’s Fight

In Pursuit of Justice

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 7/26/2018 8:57 PM

Updated: 7/27/2018 3:21 PM

 

Nothing in the  pursuit of justice will ever restore the Finicum Family’s joy and happiness, that they experienced, with LaVoy Finicum home and alive with them, but Jeanette Finicum has pursued justice from the day her husband was so unnecessarily shot down on a lonely stretch of Highway 395, due to his role as one of the leaders of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Preserve.

 

VIDEO: Jeanette Finicum: Why we will fight this wrongful death case with EVERYTHING we have!

 

Posted by  LaVoy Finicum

Published on Feb 9, 2018

 

Her perseverance has resulted in the trial of Joseph Astarita, the FBI agent who fired the shots and ignited the hailstorm of bullets that ended LaVoy’s life, an ignoble act by the FBI and law enforcement who took part in the ambush, reminiscent of their action against Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge.

 

His trial underway as of this July 24th, Astarita stands accused of falsely denying that he fired two shots at LaVoy, and he is charged with three counts of making false statements and two counts of obstruction of justice. However, through scientific methods and aerial video of the ambush, it has been determined that it was Astarita who fired the first shots, as LaVoy exited his truck, something Astarita’s lawyers still refute. They state a belief that it was one of the Oregon Highway Patrol, who fired those first shots.

 

Robert LaVoy Finicum led a small band of protesters, including Cliven Bundy’s sons, Ryan and Ammon, American Patriots, who understood that the federal government and the Bureau of Land Management were consistently and constantly acquiring or simply taking land unconstitutionally, from farmers and ranchers across America. These men and women were standing firm for property rights under Our Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution, when they occupied Malheur, near Burns, Oregon, on January 2,  2016 and began a stand-off with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, that lasted forty-one days, detailed by Les Zaitz in The Oregonian, that lasted forty-one days.

 

 

Since they had left the refuge before without incident, they expected this day, on January 26, 2016, to be no different. Imagine their shock, when the ambush and shooting occurred soon after LaVoy, Ryan and Ammon Bundy and Shawna Cox and Victoria Sharp, along with several others, started on their way to meet peacefully with Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer in John Day County. They had viewed their act of civil disobedience as a simple demonstration, much less severe and dangerous than other protests generated by Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street, who were destroying entire cities without any real consequence from law enforcement.

 

After successfully evading the first road block, LaVoy told his friends, “Better understand how this thing is going to end. I’m going to be laying down on the ground with my blood on the street, or I’m going to see the sheriff. We got people en route.”

 

VIDEO: GRAPHIC: Investigators Release Synced Video Of LaVoy Finicum Traffic Stop And Shooting

 

Posted by OPB

Published on Mar 8, 2016

 

 

According to Robert Cary, Astarita’s lawyer, it was at this point that one Oregon State Patrolman radioed ahead to “Officer 1” and stated, “We’re going to have to shoot LaVoy Finicum.”

 

At the second roadblock, shots rained down on LaVoy’s truck before he ever stopped, forcing him to plow into a snow bank, allegedly just narrowly missing an FBI agent. And, as he jumped from the truck, to draw fire from his friends, with his hands raised above his head, two shots rang out, one shattering the driver’s side passenger window and striking Ryan Bundy in the shoulder.

 

In Shawna Cox’s video of the ambush, one hears the police telling him to “Get down” and LaVoy yelling, “You’re gonna have to shoot me”. Cox is heard asking, “Damn it, are they shooting him? … You assholes.”

Jeanette Finicum

The April 24th 2018 amendment (see page 51, number 269) to Jeanette Finicum’s current lawsuit for the wrongful death of her husband speaks volumes:

 

“The FBI, OSP and other defendants have publicly defended the deliberate ambush and murder of LaVoy on January 26, 2016, by alleging that after he exited the vehicle, and after he had been shot with at least five lethal rounds (as well as unknown number of non-lethal rounds), and after he repeatedly placed his hands on top of his head in a surrender position; that he appeared to be reaching into his jacket.”

 

One of the most damning points within Mrs. Finicum’s complaint, found on page 33, highlights the fact that at the time of the so-called “traffic stop”, there was still no sworn affidavit or probable cause statement or indictment against LaVoy or any of his friends accompanying him. Neither was there any arrest warrant for anyone involved.

 

Witnesses are on record noting that Astarita’s face was contorted after the shooting, and he was loud and “so amped up” that a supervisor had to calm him down. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Sussman also noted: “Only one guy (Astarita) stood in just the right spot. … Only one guy aimed right at Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum’s pickup [and] fired two shots in rapid succession.”

 

Astarita’s trial follows a growing resentment among American patriots for a federal bureaucracy that is out of control, even to the point of committing sedition, possibly treason, against a sitting U.S. president. It also doesn’t help that the FBI has a long history of arbitrary, tyrannical actions, detailed by Leah Sottile, such as witnessed in 1992, when an FBI team descended on Ruby Ridge and the home of Randy Weaver, a U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran, and a sniper murdered Vicki Weaver, as she stood in the cabin doorway holding the couple’s baby.

 

Just before stepping from LaVoy’s truck, hands raised, Ryan Payne looked out and saw LaVoy lying in the snow. He turned towards Shawna Cox and Victoria Sharp and said, “LaVoy is dead.”

 

It doesn’t really matter, in the end, whose bullets killed LaVoy, because it shouldn’t have ended like this anyway. LaVoy had time and again stated a desire to make sure that the stand-off ended peacefully, and up until the day of the ambush, there wasn’t any reason to believe that it wouldn’t, since LaVoy had been in constant contact with Sheriff Glenn Palmer, who was quite sympathetic to the cowboy’s cause. These men weren’t “anti-government”; they were anti-tyranny.

 

During the 2016 trial that acquitted Ammon Bundy and six other defendants, the FBI and Oregon Highway Patrol both testified they could not have identified specific legal reasons for the stop. This can only mean that had law enforcement not escalated the situation, LaVoy Finicum would have also been acquitted and alive and well at home with his family.

 

Robert Lavoy Finicum was willing to die for his ideas, the Constitution and freedom, and as we rise to a new sun each day, we must work in this America, the home of the brave and the land of the free, to ensure that not any future Democrat led administration, or any administration, can ever target conservative protests in such an egregious manner, impeding liberty each step of the way and executing us at will. The Finicum’s fight to hold the federal government accountable for its arrogant lawlessness, dishonesty and violence is America’s fight.

 

LaVoy was a good man, gunned down in cold blood. And whether or not any degree of justice comes out of this trial, God’s accounting awaits each of us one day. I pray to God justice be served and the Finicum Family finds peace of mind and heart.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text embraced by brackets and source links are by the Editor.

 

© Justin O. Smith

 

The Murder of LaVoy Finicum


LaVoy Finicum

John R. Houk

© January 27, 2016

OPB News Audio:

 

Mark McConnell was at the arrest and shootout of Ammon and Ryan Bundy, LaVoy Finicum (killed), Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan Waylen Payne. At nearby locations Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy and Pete Santilli (Internet Journalist).

Mugshots of Bundy Group 1-27-16

Evidently Mark McConnell was in one of the vehicles but was not arrested after interrogation. The reasoning for no arrest is unclear to me at this point. McConnell says he wasn’t a part of the agenda of the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom so they let him go. To me it sounds suspicious but he does come across as convincing. The problem his account of Finicum’s murder by the FBI differs from others who say they watched what happened.

Ammon & Ryan Bundy mugshot 1-27-16 Multnomah Co, OR

Ammon & Ryan Bundy Mugshot

Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore on her twitter account posted this on 9:35 PM – 26 Jan 2016:

My heart & prays go out to LaVoy Finicum’s family he was just murdered with his hands up in Burns OR. Ryan Bundy has been shot in the arm

Here we have an elected official from the state of Nevada with obvious sympathy for the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom stand against the unconstitutional usurpation of private land from the Federal government. For more public examples like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) charging the Bundy family graze their cattle on land appropriated by the Federal government. Or right in Oregon when the BLM burned brush for a good purpose but torched private homes in the process. AND when a family like the Hammonds ignited a backfire to keep a BLM fire from overtaking their own land, a Hammond father and son were thrown in jail twice for the same incident labelled a crime by first Oregon state and second by the Federal government when a Federal prosecutor deemed the State sentence was too lenient. So after a half decade the Federal Judiciary threw them in jail again.

This last intrusion in the private lives in a rancher family’s life led to Ammon Bundy to organize what became the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom. This CCF group never and I mean never initiated an armed resistance to the government but rather occupied a then unused wildlife center on Federally usurped land saying they would stay there until the Hammonds were released from prison.

The Hammond family already feeling the full force of State and Federal government power through manipulation of the rule of law chose not to join Ammon Bundy and the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom in their stand for Original Intent of the U.S. Constitution.

The core leaders of the Bundy led group were on their way to another Oregon town called John Day to make a free speech appeal to the citizens there in a public Townhall meeting. It turned out the Feds got wind of the expedition and set up a road block to arrest the core leadership. One of which was LaVoy Finicum. Now we come back to Mark McConnell and the details of how Finicum was shot to death.

McConnell asserts Finicum charged the FBI and was shot to death. Other witnesses say Finicum got out of the vehicle and went to his knees with his hands up (as Assemblywoman Fiore indicated) and the FBI sent a hail of bullets onto the surrendering Finicum killing him in cold blood. Here is Mark McConnell’s Facebook video which he preluded with, “Here’s the video of what happened.”

 

NOW here is an eyewitness account of a troubled lady who claims to be in one of the vehicles in which she saw LaVoy Finicum murdered in cold blood. THIS IS ENTIRELY A DIFFERENT PICTURE than what Mark McConnell paints.

VIDEO: Was LaVoy Finicum Shot w/Hands in the Air? Eye Witness Audio Testimony Here…

Posted by Imma Reporter

Published on Jan 27, 2016

This is breaking, first-hand, eyewitness audio testimony of one person’s perspective on what happened to LaVoy Finicum on January 26, 2016. The witness you’re going to hear was in the car with LaVoy, Ryan Payne, Ryan Bundy, and Shawna Cox.

The federal agents fired the first and only shots, according to this testimony. The witness stated that Finicum had his hands in the air when he was shot.

The two pictures painted by McConnell and the other eyewitness are very divergent. I am willing to bet when the FBI finally releases an official account it will resemble McConnell’s version. But if you listened closely to his account you will pick up on something about his monologue as being off. I heard him say something to the effect he was in one of the vehicles stopped by the road block. McConnell described that the Bundy’s surrendered but left out any details of Ryan Bundy being shot which he was. Ryan was shot in the arm according to what I read. McConnell also says Finicum jumped back in his vehicle and tried to speed away yet got blocked by the cops. According McConnell, then Finicum got out of his vehicle and charged the FBI and then was shot to death. Does anyone see something off about McConnell saying Finicum sped off but was able to see his get out of his vehicle and charge the FBI?

Well that is just something to dwell on.

It is also interesting that LaVoy Finicum seems to have had a premonition of his death. He gave an interview to the Oregonian the very same day he was assassinated by the FBI:

VIDEO: Robert “LaVoy” Finicum’s last interview with The Oregonian on the day before his death

Posted by The Oregonian

Published on Jan 26, 2016

“They’re doing all the things that shows that they want to take some kinetic action against us,” Robert “LaVoy” Finicum says of federal agents. These were some of Finicum’s last words to The Oregonian/OregonLive on the day before his death.

Also on the same day LaVoy Finicum to a mobile phone video of his family singing “Amazing Grace”:

VIDEO: Oregon Front – Family Sings Amazing Grace

Posted by DefendYourBase

Published on Jan 26, 2016

Very talented. Awesome group of folks!

Although quite awesomely endearing, perhaps not so talented. AND YET a dad and husband was shot to death on that same day.

Sources Examined:

Oregon militia leader Ammon Bundy, 7 others arrested after gunfight kills 1 Fox News – 1/27/16 (Hat Tip Danny Jeffrey)

VERY DISTURBING: Militia Member at Refuge Posts Eery Video to Member who was Killed by FBI’s YouTube Channel – Says Spy Planes Overhead and Group Expects FBI Raid at Any Moment (VIDEO)Liberty News – 1/26/16

PROTESTER KILLED IN OREGON STANDOFF WITH FEDSWND – 1/26/16 Updated 1/27/16 10:58 AM

GUT WRENCHING: Eye Witness Claims in Detailed Interview that #OregonStandoff Protestor Robert “LaVoy” Finicum Was Executed by FBI (VIDEO)Liberty News – 1/27/16

Ammon Bundy Arrested, Fellow Militiaman Killed After Traffic Stop Shootout With FBI and State Police The Stream – 1/27/16

Deceased Militant LaVoy Finicum: Rancher, Patriarch, Bundy BelieverOregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) – 1/27/16 12:48 a.m. Updated 1/27/16 12:24 p.m.

LaVoy Finicum Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to KnowHeavy.com – 1/26/16 10:49 pm EST Updated 1/27/16 3:05 pm EST

Oregon governor urges calm after FBI arrests Ammon Bundy in deadly shootoutRaw Story – 1/27/16 8:30 AM EST

Cliven Bundy says Oregon shootout was a ‘wake up call’: Dead militant was ‘sacrificed for a good purpose’Raw Story – 1/27/16 10:57 AM ET

Watch slain militia leader’s eerie prediction hours before death: Feds ‘do not intend on losing here’Raw Story – 11:23 AM ET

JRH 1/27/16

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