Warning: The content of this video may be disturbing to some viewers.The Oregon standoff began to come to a slow close on January 26, 2015, with the death of LaVoy Finicum. The traffic stop that led to the militia leader fleeing the scene with Shawna Cox, Ammon Bundy, as well as a female minor, ended in bloodshed on the snowy side of a highway.
Not long after, Ammon Bundy, another leader of the occupation of the Oregon bird sanctuary, made a statement to those still holed up to surrender and go home.
Aerial footage revealed that once the car was stopped, LaVoy Finicum got out of the car and reached for something around his waistline before being gunned down by law enforcement. Now, cell phone footage has been released by the Oregonian that show what exactly went on inside the pickup truck that fell under fire. Graphic and intense, the footage is not for the faint of heart.LaVoy Finicum can be heard in the video taunting law enforcement officers on the scene, telling them "You can go ahead and shoot me! Put the laser right there, put the bullet through the head!"
Finicum can be heard telling the law enforcement that he is going to "meet the sheriff," and when asked who they are being confronted by, the response is "Oregon State Police." Finicum defies police and tells the woman in the video that he is going to flee, and the occupants of the car prepare to be fired on.
"You want a bloodbath, it's going to be on your hands."Then as the car once again comes to a stop, Finicum emerges from the car and can still be heard to tell the police officers, "You're going to have to shoot me, you're going to have to shoot me." Gunfire once again erupts, the windows on LaVoy's truck are shattered as the women scream, and that is the moment Finicum is killed. The footage from inside LaVoy Finicum's truck goes on for a few more minutes as police launch smoke into the car. Laser sights dance about the car as the woman and young girl make the decision to surrender.
The original footage released revealed that Finicum reached across his body before being gunned down, but allegations have surfaced that claim the law enforcement officials removed spent bullet cartridges from the scene. This new footage sheds light on just how much gunfire there actually was, and that the event lasted longer than thought.
Here is the original footage released by the FBI, but keep in mind, this is graphic, as well.The Oregon occupation ended as gradually as it began once it came to this dramatic climax. It lasted over 41 days and left the government building that it had seized a miserable wreck. Many of the protesters didn't even take the most incriminating items when they left the Oregon wildlife refuge. These items would include guns, explosives, vehicles, and feces, as well as garbage indicating the copious drinking binges indulged in by the occupiers.
"Occupiers appear to have excavated two large trenches and an improvised road on or adjacent to grounds containing sensitive artifacts," the Washington Postreported. "At least one of these trenches contains human feces... There are numerous vehicles on the site and the FBI is concerned that vehicles and buildings may be booby trapped."
On January 28, two days after the violent showdown with police on the side of the highway, Ammon Bundy, a major player in the occupation, surrendered and urged the rest of the militia to do the same.
"Please stand down. Go home and hug your families. This fight is now in the courts," he said, according to the New York Post.
And it is, as Ammon Bundy remains behind bars.
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