I Just Saw a Guy Die on My Computer


Lavoy Finicum was one of those guys holed up in a federal facility near Burns, Oregon.  On Tuesday he was shot.  If you can bear it, here’s the video.  The best view I found of the actual event is at 9:15.  Fast-forward and you’ll see the SUV skid off the road at a roadblock, Finicum puts his hands up, seems to lower his hands for a moment and eventually is shot and dies.

I have read about this ranching dispute, and frankly I didn’t think the ranchers were doing the right thing.  Showing up to take over a federal facility sounds wrong-headed.    To these guys Ruby Ridge and Waco were Lexington and Concord.  I disagree.
On the other hand, if the video shows what I think it does, Lavoy Finicum was shot in the back just moments after his arms were up.  Was he fumbling for a weapon?  Did he lower his arms because he’s already been shot?  I can’t tell.
I do know the next decade or two, ranchers and westerners will be telling their sons about how Finicum was shot in the back while surrendering.
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3 Responses to I Just Saw a Guy Die on My Computer

  1. Pablo says:

    On the other hand, if the video shows what I think it does, Lavoy Finicum was shot in the back just moments after his arms were up. Was he fumbling for a weapon?

    Sure looks like it, and we can’t see as well as the guys on the ground could. That he got shot in the back is irrelevant given the cops in front of him. He should have kept those hands up, but then, he’d been telling the cops to shoot him at the earlier stop.

    I’m generally sympathetic to the ranchers’ issues, but Finicum got what he was asking for.

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  2. Finicum allegedly left his usual sidearm in its holster at the ‘occupied’ building. If he was armed, he was apparently the only one in the two vehicles who was.

    According to passengers in Finicum’s truck, they were fired upon at the first stop, and that’s why Finicum fled. They also say he only lowered his hands the first time be cause he was reaching toward a gunshot wound, then put his hands back up, and was shot again. One thing is absolutely certain: despite claims by LE spokespeople that Finicum ‘charged’ toward police, no such thing happened.

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