What Would Happen if the Armed Men in Oregon Weren’t White?

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Re: What Would Happen if the Armed Men in Oregon Weren’t Whi

Postby admin » Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:41 am

Oregon Sheriff Meets Ammon Bundy, Greets Him With Handshake Not Handcuffs
By Judd Legum
January 9, 2016

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Bundy has been leading an illegal armed occupation of a federal building for almost a week.

On Thursday, Harney County, Oregon Sheriff Dave Ward met Ammon Bundy in a remote area near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Bundy has been leading an illegal armed occupation of a federal building for almost a week. But Ward greeted Bundy with a firm handshake instead of handcuffs.

Beth Nakamura ✔ @bethnakamura
Sheriff Ward meets with Ammon Bundy just now http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-north ... _big-photo … #Oregonstandoff
4:46 PM - 7 Jan 2016


Bundy and his crew have threatened to kill law enforcement officials who attempt to intervene. Ward refused to meet with Bundy at the refuge headquarters the militia is occupying “mindful of a tall watch tower that is manned round the clock by the protesters.”

Ward reached out to Bundy to arrange the meeting, where he encouraged Bundy and his militia to leave town. Bundy also offered to provide protection for the militia as they left town, suggesting they could leave the state without being charged with any crime. “I’m here to offer safe escort out, go back and kick it around with your folks,” Ward said.

Notably, Ward “said the militants weren’t asked to come unarmed.” He also promised “no protester appearing at the meeting would be arrested.”

The clear effort by Ward to deescalate the situation and avoid unnecessary loss of life is, in many ways, admirable. Still, the treatment of armed militants conducting an illegal occupation in Oregon differs greatly from the response to overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrations by unarmed individuals protesting police misconduct.

In Ferguson, for example, protesters were met by police with military-style equipment, full riot gear, and tear gas:

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Police Shooting Missouri
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In response to Ward’s extraordinary offer, Bundy gave Ward a lecture on the constitution. After five minutes or so, the two men got back into their respective vehicles and drove away.

Back at the refuge Bundy told the media that he was rejecting Ward’s offer and planned to remain at the refuge indefinitely.
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Leader of Oregon Militia Arrested, One Killed
By Alexandra Jacobo
January 27, 2016

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After a shooting altercation with police, six members of the militia group occupying the Malheaur National Refuge were taken into custody. Ammon Bundy, rancher Clive Bundy’s son and the leader of the group, was among them.

One militant was killed in the shootout and one sustained “non life-threatening” injuries and was taken to the hospital. The identity of the deceased has not been officially released, but is rumored to be Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who previously stated in an interview that he was willing to die for his interpretation of the constitution and that he has “no intention of spending any of [my] days in a concrete box.”

The confrontation happened early Tuesday evening when the group was on their way to a meeting in a neighboring town.

In addition to Ammon and Ryan Bundy, Ryan W. Payne, Brian Cavalier, and Shawna J. Cox were also arrested. The official charges are felony counts of impeding officers of the U.S. from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.

The hospital where the militia members were taken for treatment is on lockdown, as is the section of highway where the shootout occurred.

The FBI released the following statement:

ARRESTS MADE IN THE OCCUPATION OF THE MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE: JOINT STATEMENT BY THE FBI AND OSP
News Release from FBI - Oregon
January 26, 2016

At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner's office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:

 Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
 Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
 Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
 Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab
 Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 235.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 pm, Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

 Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona

All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies; Oregon State Police; and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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BREAKING: FBI statement confirms Ammon Bundy in custody. http://koin.com/2016/01/26/malheur-mili ... -01262016/ … #KOIN6News #Oregonstandoff
7:58 PM - 26 Jan 2016


FBI Arrests All Remaining Occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
FBI Portland
February 11, 2016

At approximately 9:40 a.m. (Pacific) on Thursday, February 11, 2016, the FBI brought three of the remaining Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers into custody without incident. At approximately 11:00 a.m., agents brought the fourth into custody without incident.

 Sean Larry Anderson, age 47, of Riggins, Idaho
 Sandra Lynn Anderson, age 48, of Riggins, Idaho
 Jeff Wayne Banta, age 46, of Yerington, Nevada
 David Lee Fry, age 27, of Blanchester, Ohio

No one was injured, and no shots were fired. Thursday marks day 41 of the occupation of the refuge.

Agents arrested the remaining four occupiers as they walked out of the refuge to the FBI checkpoint. Those arrested will face arraignment before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Portland on Friday, February 12, 2016.

At times, there were dozens of highly armed militants occupying, visiting and supplying the refuge.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, a federal grand jury indicted 16 people:

 Dylan Wade Anderson, age 34, of Provo, Utah
 Sandra Lynn Anderson, age 48, of Riggins, Idaho
 Sean Larry Anderson, age 47, of Riggins, Idaho
 Jeff Wayne Banta, age 46, of Yerington, Nevada
 Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
 Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
 Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
 Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
 Duane Leo Ehmer, age 45, of Irrigon, Oregon
 David Lee Fry, age 27, of Blanchester, Ohio
 Kenneth Medenbach, age 62, of Crescent, Oregon
 Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, age 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona
 Jason S. Patrick, age 43, of Bonaire, Georgia
 Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana
 Jon Eric Ritzheimer, age 32, Peoria, Arizona
 Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio

Each subject faces one federal felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been a long and traumatic episode for the citizens of Harney County and the members of the Burns Paiute tribe. It is a time for healing, reconciliation amongst neighbors and friends, and allowing for life to get back to normal. I want to thank our neighbors in eastern Oregon for their patience, resolve, and their kind and welcoming spirit to the many members of federal, county, state, local, and tribal law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to bring this illegal occupation to a conclusion. The fine work of so many dedicated public servants in a difficult endeavor cannot be understated. I am very proud of them all,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon.

“Much work is left to assess the crime scene and damage to the refuge and tribal artifacts. We are committed to seeing the job done and to pursue justice for the crimes committed during the illegal occupation.”

The FBI will release more information about the law enforcement work that still remains to be done at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge later in the day.


At this point, some militia members still remain at the wildlife refuge.
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