LaVoy Finicum’s Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Portland, OR

Lavoy Finicum, killed in Bundy Standoff

LaVoy Finicum was shot three times in the back in Oregon on January 26, 2016. His family is seeking vindication against the FBI, the shooter, and Kate Brown, the Oregon Governor.

The family of the Arizona rancher killed by the wildlife refuge in Oregon alleged in a U.S. lawsuit Friday that he was “deliberately executed by a pre-planned government ambush.”

The wrongful-death lawsuit filed in Portland seeks at least $5 million in damages for his widow and each of their 12 children. The United States is listed as a defendant, along with the FBI, Oregon State Police, Gov. Kate Brown, and others. One FBI agent who admittedly hid evidence that he also shot at Finicum, and missed, was also named in the suit.

The family of the Arizona rancher killed by the wildlife refuge in Oregon alleged in a U.S. lawsuit Friday that he was “deliberately executed by a pre-planned government ambush.”

 

The wrongful-death lawsuit filed in Portland seeks at least $5 million in damages for his widow and each of their 12 children. The United States is listed as a defendant, along with the FBI, Oregon State Police, Gov. Kate Brown, and others. One FBI agent who admittedly hid evidence that he also shot at Finicum and missed, was also named in the suit.

Clive Bundy and sons

Ever since the original 2014 standoff in Nevada, there have been ongoing legal battles over the standoff.

The latest legal battle ended with patriarch Cliven Bundy and his sons being set free with a mistrial.

In a blistering 18 page memo, dated November 27th, a BLM( Bureau of Land Management) whistle-blower – Agent Wooden, made some explosive claims. Wooden sent an email to the U.S. Department of Justice, claiming that there was a:

“widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct”  also “likely policy, ethical and legal violations among senior and supervisory staff” at the Bureau of Land Management’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security.

The BLM agent says the agent in charge of the  arrest of the Bundy’s, ignored orders from his superiors so he could:

” …….command the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible.”

The Bundy family and their supporters had been claiming this for years.

The information presented by Agent Wooden was enough for the judge to declare a total mistrial, freeing the Bundy’s.

2014 Bundy Standoff 

Finicum served as a spokesman for the group led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy that occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 to oppose federal control of land in the U.S. West and the imprisonment of two ranchers.

LaVoy Finicum and Ammon Bundy

LaVoy and several others were leaving the Refuge to speak with a sympathetic Sheriff. They were stopped on the way and LaVoy exited his vehicle arms up. He was shot in the back three times. The agent who did the shooting claimed he was reaching for his gun and so he shot him.

An investigation found that an FBI agent at the scene failed to disclose that he also fired two rounds that missed Finicum.

The agent has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of making false statements and obstruction of justice. He is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Image from LaVoy Finicum’s Facebook support page

LaVoy Finicum is hailed as a hero by many. There are many Social Media groups that support him.

One court has already appeared to agree that there was:

“widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct”  also “likely policy, ethical and legal violations among senior and supervisory staff” at the Bureau of Land Management’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security. And that they seemed to:

” …….command the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible.”

One can only hope that true justice will be served.

Related: Cliven Bundy Free – cannot be re-tried.

Related: Mistrial declared in Bundy Standoff.

Related: Bureau of Land Management Agent says serious misconduct in Bundy Standoff.

Related: Bundy’s acquitted – Not guilty in standoff with Federal Agents

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