Victoria Sharp was the 18-year old inside the pickup which carried the leaders of the group which occupied the bird refuge.
She related a story (click here and here for two versions) where Mr. Finicum took off from an FBI stop after they started shooting at him and then crashed into a show bank. He got out of the truck with his hands up when towards the OSP and said, just shoot me then. And the they did.
I watched the whole video.(Click here for Daily Mail article with link to video)
I think she is right.
He gets out, has his hands up. He may have reached towards his jacket but I don't think it's that clear. Then they just opened up on him. Looks like the guy behind the truck took a couple more shots. Then, they start throwing grenades and shooting at the truck which is buried in a snow bank and people can't get out on the passenger side.
It is not really that unusual. People who are law-abiding patriotic citizens are always amazed when the cops open up on them. They just never think it will happen to them.
I don't think releasing the video really does anything but reinforce opposing viewpoints. The people who were calling them freedom fighters will have their opinions confirmed by the video. People who want to believe they are terrorists will focus on the reach for the gun.
What people will ignore is that this is pretty much standard police procedure.
Nice old guys who have been pushed to a certain point of frustration have been shot by cops before. Do a search for police shootings and you will find them.
The bottom line is that they did not dare shoot anyone in the arrest. I think this will raise hatred of the government significantly. We are a very divided society, whether this is by design or ineptness I don't know. What I observe is videos of cops shooting Mexicans, black people, white people, and everyone blaming each other. No one thinks to question training or higher up agendas. No one suggest that the common issue is the gubment is shooting people. Nobody thinks that when they make it a felony to protest the gubment that they will be so upset with the aforementioned gubment that they will in fact become victims of their own laws and that the real terrorists will be welcomed with open arms and a blind eye while they go to jail.
Kind of a bitter irony.
In a side note,
I see a relative posting on Facebook about the destruction of a great historic building in portland. It could be Amon Bundy protesting about the gubment taking ranchers land. Pretty funny as that particular relative has a pretty selective view of what he considers gubment over-reach.
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