On Tuesday, members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office and a Malheur County prosecutor, determined that the shooting of LaVoy Finicum was justified. According to District Attorney Dan Norris “I have concluded that all six shots fired by the Oregon state police – the three into the truck and three that shot Mr Finicum – are justified.” However, this ruling has been overshadowed by an investigation of five FBI agents who were involved in the death of Finicum.
One of those agents fired two shots at Finicum, both of which missed and were never reported by the agent. What’s worse, is that four of his teammates have been accused of helping him cover it all up. One of the shots missed the truck that Finicum was driving, while the other struck the roof and shattered the rear left passenger window. Both are believed to have come from the same FBI agent, though investigators aren’t sure about who it was. What’s so problematic about these two shots, is that Finicum clearly had his hands in the air when they were fired.
One can’t help but wonder how differently Finicum would have acted, had he not been shot at with his hands up. Depending on what the investigation finds, it’s possible that these agents will face criminal charges of misconduct. But even if they aren’t charged (and who are we kidding, they probably won’t be) there will forever be doubts about how the authorities conducted themselves that day, and if LaVoy Finicum really needed to be killed.
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