ST. GEORGE – Hours after the FBI released raw footage showing the death of Arizona rancher Robert LaVoy Finicum in Oregon, Cliven Bundy discussed his thoughts about the incident and the arrests of his sons, in an exclusive video interview with St. George News.
“LaVoy, he spilt his blood for freedom and liberty and for our Constitution, for his ranching rights,” Bundy said. “There’s one thing I want to say, LaVoy, he spilt his blood for every rancher in this country especially in the western United States.”
Senior Bundy’s sons, Ammon and Ryan, were among a group of five taken into custody Tuesday during a law enforcement blockade that led to a high-speed chase by Oregon State Police and ultimately the shooting and killing of Finicum. Ryan suffered a minor gunshot wound during the incident as well, according to the Associated Press.
Federal agents arrested the brothers and four other associates, including Shawna Cox, for their roles in occupying a federal wildlife refuge Jan. 2. Two other individuals were arrested later the same day including Bundy sympathizer and independent broadcaster Pete Santilli, who live-streamed the occupation.
They are all facing a felony charge under Title 18, United States Code, Section 372, for conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday Bundy’s sons along with the other occupiers remain held in the Multnomah County Jail and appeared in federal court Wednesday in Portland, Oregon.
Federal authorities have since set up a perimeter around the Malheur Wildlife Refuge where the men were holed up for 25 days before their arrest.
In a statement, the FBI said the containment was to “better ensure the safety of community members.”
During a press conference held by the FBI on Wednesday, Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing called on the militia still occupying the refuge to leave.
“If the people at the refuge want to leave, they can do so through the checkpoints where they will be identified. If they have questions or concerns, they can call the negotiators at the number that has been provided to them,” Bretzing said.
- Ammon Bundy, 40, Emmett, Idaho
- Ryan C. Bundy, 43, Bunkerville
- Brian Cavalier, 44, Bunkerville
- Shawna Cox, 59, Kanab, Utah
- Ryan Waylen Payne, 32, Anaconda, Montana
- Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, 45, Cottonwood, Arizona
- Peter Santilli, 50, Cincinnati, Ohio
To see the full criminal complaint filed against the Bundys and others charged go to: http://www.justice.gov/usao-or/file/816166/download
To read Cliven Bundy’s opinion go to: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2016/01/30/opinion/#.Vq2dR_krLDc
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