In January 2016, Robert LaVoy Finicum, spokesman for Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, was shot and killed by an FBI agent during the famous Bundy standoff.
That same FBI agent has been accused of lying about his involvement in the fatal shooting of a protestor and faces a 5-count indictment. (via Oregon Live)
Over a year ago, many will recall that the Bundy standoff concluded with the arrest of 8 leaders of the movement. The issue originally began as Clive Bundy had long refused to pay grazing fees, arguing that the federal government has zero authority to regulate the land next to property. As ardent constitutionalists, the Bundy’s standoff culminated in a peaceful, armed resistance, that earned him supporters across the nation.
However, LaVoy Finicum, a passionate spokesperson for the Bundys, was shot and killed by W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the elite FBI Hostage Rescue Team.
It turns out that the FBI agent had lied about what happened at the shooting.
Astarita had fired twice at Finicum as he was emerging from his truck after it swerved into a snowbank.
The indictment says that the agent had “falsely stated that he had not fired his weapon during the attempted arrest of Robert LaVoy Finicum when he knew then and there that he had fired his weapon.”
“The Defendant acted with the intent to hinder, delay, and prevent the communication of information from the Oregon State Police to the Federal Bureau of Investigation relating to the possible commission of a federal offense,” continued the indictment.
This accusation, that the FBI agent lied to the bureau — concealing from investigators that he fired his weapon and that he didn’t alert his superiors about it as he is supposed to — validates the suspicions that some have had regarding the motivation of the shooting.
Obama, who expanded more public land than any other U.S. president in history, found himself squarely opposed to organizations such as these.
Finicum’s death was claimed by his supporters to be a planned and coordinated assassination by politically-motivated federal agents.
LaVoy’s widow, Jeanette Finicum, stated: “We are seeing a massive cover-up. I know that the truth will come out eventually. I hope that we will continue to look at all the other unanswered questions in regards to this case, not just this one officer and what he did, but what else could have transpired that we are not aware of at this point.” (via The Guardian)
While it seems that the law is beginning to catch up to those who violate it, regardless of powerful affiliations, hypocrisy continues to surround the treatment of the Bundys.
Bill Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, stated that Astarita should remain “innocent unless and until proven guilty.” A sentiment that Jeanette scoffed at, mentioning that the Bundys and their supporters have been in jail for over 16 months awaiting their trial.
It just goes to show the kind of persecution and injustice you must be willing to face if you wish to stand up for the Constitution and call out those who are trying to subvert it.