The FBI has released raw footage of the #Oregonstandoff shooting
Anti-government activists have been standing their ground in a federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife refuge for 27 days now. The group occupies in protest of Dwight Hammond’s arrest, a rancher who took violent issue (he set over 100 acres on fire) with the government over-regulating his land.
What’s the latest problem? Well, one of Hammond’s faithful allies, Richard “LaVoy” Finicum, was shot by the FBI and quickly the Internet went crazy over how it happened. Was he unarmed? Was it self-defense? Who’s to blame? Most people are pissed at the government.
So, in response, FBI special agent Greg Bretzing said:
“We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event: most inaccurate, some inflammatory. To that end, we want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened”
He then posted the raw footage of Finicum’s death where he apparently grabs for his pocket twice where he had a loaded gun ready. Warning: This video is graphic.
Whether you think the occupation is terrorism or the government is to blame, this video is sure to change up the already heated #OregonUnderAttack debate.
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Samantha is a senior at Georgetown studying English and studio art. She has written for USA TODAY College, The Hoya, DC Life Magazine, and Smithsonian, among others, and is the current co-editor-in-chief of Georgetown campus publication Venture Capitol, which covers entrepreneurship and startups in DC. When not reporting or shooting with her Nikon, she's surrounded by books on Greek mythology and neuroscience or listening to tech podcasts on her way to Bikram yoga.