Lavoy Finicum’s Widow Plans To Sue Feds And State Police After Husband’s Deathplans to sue the Oregon State Police, and the FBI, for civil rights violations based on her husband’s death. Finicum, the 54-year-old rancher from Arizona was a key figure in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation.
Jeanette Finicum has criticized her husband’s shooting on a remote stretch of Highway 395. She’s hired Brian Claypool, a California-based attorney who will sue both the state police and FBI agents involved.
“There is not physical evidence (shell casings) that proves that two FBI agents lied during the law enforcement investigation by stating that they did not fire the first shots at Finicum’s vehicle,” said Claypool. “The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the two FBI agents for perjury…”
Death At The Scene
Finicum, who had been the spokesman for a self-proclaimed militia group that had planned to take over the refuge in protest for federal use of public lands, was traveling with other members from the standoff on the day of the shooting.
These other members included Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne, Shawna Cox, and Victoria Sharp. In a secondary vehicle, Mark McConnell, Brian Cavalier, and Ammon Bundy followed behind.
These occupiers had been traveling between the Refuge and Burns High School, but they were stopped by officials on that dreadful day. According to officer statements and cellphone videos, Finicum nearly ran over an FBI agent before sliding into a roadside snow bank.
Investigators said that Finicum turned toward a trooper in the trees while reaching for a loaded 9 mm Ruger semi-automatic pistol that he had inside of his jacket. He died moments later at the scene.
Six Shots Fired, According To Officials
Prosecutors said that the state troopers were justified by their use of deadly force, which included “six shots fired.” In fact, not only were they justified, but they were actually “necessary.”
Later, however, five unnamed FBI agents are under investigation, and it’s possible that they are lying or covering up the shots as well as the details of the event. In addition to Finicum’s death, Ryan Bundy was also injured.
The debate now remains as to whether or not this incident was “motivated by political reasons,” according to Claypool.
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