FBI Releases Footage of Oregon Standoff Shooting

Will this dispel the accusations of wrongdoing by officers?

The FBI has released aerial footage of the shooting death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum by an Oregon State Police officer at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

There is edited (above) and unedited video of the joint operation. It is noted on YouTube that the aircraft information has been blurred and an explanation that the date/time stamp in the upper left corner is based on Zulu time, used by pilots, and was recorded on January, 26, 2016, despite it showing the 27th.

As the video opens, the camera follows the white truck as it is being pursued by officers on US Highway 395 before coming to a stop for a short time. Agents can be seen exiting their cruisers with weapons drawn. Moments later, the truck suddenly speeds away before eventually veering off the road as it approached another police road block.

It appears that an officer dove into the direct path of the vehicle as it came to a stop in the snow bank, barely missing him. Finicum is seen immediately exiting the vehicle with his arms raised, walking into the open. He appears to lower his hands towards his body several times as an officer hidden in the forest behind him fires the fatal shot.

Cliven Bundy, father of Ammon Bundy, one of the men arrested during this stop, previously told reporters that Finicum was "murdered" in cold blood "with his hands up." The release of this video and the varying interpretations is sure to keep tensions high between supporters of the militia and those opposed to their plight.

Watch the complete, unedited footage below:

 

 

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