FBI investigating Bundy supporters in BLM dispute

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A dramatic development in the saga surrounding rancher Cliven Bundy, the FBI has entered the case.

The 8 News NOW I-Team has learned that FBI agents have started an investigation into the events surrounding a potentially deadly showdown one month ago.

It is one thing for Cliven Bundy and his supporters to square off against an assortment of Bureau of Land Management employees. It is quite another when the FBI enters the picture, and that is exactly what has happened.

The I-Team has confirmed that FBI agents have launched a formal investigation into alleged death threats, intimidation and possible weapons violations that culminated with a dangerous showdown on April 12, and the first people to be interviewed by FBI agents are Metro Police, starting with Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillispie.

Federal employees suspended their roundup of Cliven Bundy’s cattle, following a confrontation outside the BLM compound near Bunkerville. At the urging of Metro Police, Bundy’s cattle were released, but BLM’s new director announced the matter wasn’t over and would be resolved, one way or another. We now know what that means.

Last week, the I-Team talked with Metro officers who intervened to protect the lives of federal employees from the 400 or so Bundy supporters and armed militia members. Officers told the I-Team they feared for their lives that day because of the assembled firepower, and because many in the crowd had pointed weapons at officers, taunted them, told them they should be ready to die.

Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who was left in charge of the Metro contingent by Sheriff Doug Gillespie, told the I-Team that such alleged behavior would be the subject of a criminal investigation.

“The federal authorities are conducting an investigation and I am pretty confident it is going to go into the future,” Lombardo said.

“(Would there be consequences for somebody there on video tape, on a news camera pointing a gun at a Metro officer, pointing a gun at a federal ranger?) Yes, there is definitely going to be consequences, definitely. That is unacceptable behavior. If we let it go, it would continue into the future,” Lombardo said.

The I-Team has learned that Lombardo was interviewed by FBI agents earlier this week. The first person to be questioned by the FBI team was Lombardo’s boss, Sheriff Gillespie.

The sheriff confirmed to 8 News NOW that he was asked about what he saw the day of the showdown, whether guns were pointed at metro officers. He declined to say what he said to the agents.

FBI agents also spoke to an entire squad of Metro officers, who were on the scene to act as a buffer between the crowd and the BLM. Bundy supporters have insisted in emails and calls to 8 News NOW that no one in the crowd pointed weapons at BLM or Metro, but officers told the I-Team that is exactly what they saw, that many with guns set up behind women and children.

“It is not a rumor. When we first got out there and made a left to divide I-15, that is all you saw. You saw kids and women and horses in the backdrop and then men with guns, laying on the ground, in the back of pickup trucks. We’re going, ‘wow, this would never happen in Las Vegas,’ But it was there. That is not a rumor. It is reality and I saw it with my own eyes,” Metro Police Sgt. Tom Jenkins said.

Sgt. Jenkins has been interviewed by the FBI. A second squad is expected to be interviewed by week’s end. The bureau does not confirm or deny the existence of any investigation but the I-Team has confirmed from multiple sources that a criminal investigation is underway.

It is illegal to point loaded weapons at federal agents, and most people know what would happen, if a suspect pointed a gun at a Metro officer in the Las Vegas valley.

Bundy supporters have been adamant in saying no weapons were aimed at the feds or police, that the BLM rangers were the ones pointing guns.

From the sound of things, they will be given the chance to prove those allegations because the FBI is coming their way.

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  • Herman Nelson

    I hope the FBI treads lightly on this. We still remember Lon Horiuchi, Ruby Ridge and the fuck up at Waco. Federal “agents” do not get a free pass for pointing weapons at civilians. And remember- our taxes pay your paychecks, your supervisor might be in charge but ultimately you and your supervisor work for us.

    Lastly- We will be there with cameras, cell phones, recording devices and “government equalization equipment” . We will be watching. Why? Because we don’t trust you anymore.

    • Thomas Parker

      You wish. They gonna fall on you like a ton of bricks.

      • Herman Nelson

        Perhaps. The question is: which are going home after it’s all over?

        • matism

          The REAL question is what will be left of their home and family when they return? Time for them and theirs to enjoy the fruits of their labors under their very own Rules of Engagement.

          • Herman Nelson

            Why do you think they cover their faces and badges? The German GSG9 anti-terrorism team started this trend. They were afraid of reprisals against their family.

          • matism

            You mean you don’t know where the “Law Enforcement” live in your AO? Every one of them is an enabler for this swill. When they pull their sh!+, give it right back to them and theirs in return. It don’t matter if you get the swill that did the raid. Any employee of any agency that participated has a target on their back. Anywhere. Any time. Any way.

          • Herman Nelson

            I have a good idea. No worries here. Sides, with a lot of choke points in the infrastructure, it’s easy to find them.

          • crazy2medic

            Exactly, know where they are the weakest, an insurgency doesn’t have to win, they just have to avoid losing

  • Caveat Emptor

    Wheres the video? How could there be an event this big, and only heresay about militia members pointing guns at LEO’s? With all the cops there not one got a video of this to document it?

  • matism

    100 heads. And that includes their families. Let them enjoy the fruits of their labors under their very own Rules of Engagement.

  • crazy2medic

    The FBI will spark a war if they go after the militia, they need to let it go, if they start a war, their lives won’t be worth spit!

    • Thomas Parker

      Don’t worry about the SWAT teams. It’s the marine platoons that will be your big problem.

  • Thomas Parker

    I thought you idiots wanted to be martyred. Did you think it as gonna be quickly and cleanly on the field of battle? Foolish pussies. You’re gonna die in a miserable cellar puking your guts out. Your women and children will be turned over to our rape platoons.

    • CharlesH

      You’re an ass.

  • Daniel Barger

    I have stated repeatedly that “THIS IS NOT OVER”….the feds simply WILL NOT allow the citizens to prevail. They will use every scrap of footage they can find and ANY weapon that is pointed ANYWHERE except the ground will be claimed to be aimed at a fed badgemonkey and THAT person will be arrested and charged with so many crimes they will kill a dozen trees just to print the paperwork. Once they have publicly crucified as many people as they possibly can they will then return to their original plan and destroy Clive Bundy.

  • anarchyst

    Get names and addresses of these so-called “law enforcement” officials. Refuse to do business with them and their families. When they have to travel “three towns over” in order to do business, maybe they will get the message. . .

    • matism

      Better yet, find out where they live and deal with them under their very own Rules of Engagement.

      • crazy2medic

        Exactly, they hire plumbers, electricians, pest control techs, lawn services, just like everybody else, just hang on to their addresses, payback is a bitch

  • Thomas Parker

    Professionals will shoot the asses off of amateurs every time.

    • crazy2medic

      Actually most of the militia IS ex-military, so no the military will most likely not be a problem, never take on a army as an army, guerilla warfare attack them where they are weakest

      • Thomas Parker

        Y’all sound like a buncha terrorists. Why don’t you wannabe tin soldiers enlist? They’ll pay you to camp in the woods and take big communal showers. Guerilla warfare, yeah right. Come first frost you children will be crying for your mommy.

        • Reverend Draco

          Well, bootlicker – maybe they don’t want to be shitbag enforcers for a Criminal Cartel? Maybe they have integrity, and honor, and scruples. . . things that Duh Gutterment’s shitbag enforcers know little-to-nothing about (kinda like you, bootlicker).

          • Thomas Parker

            Rev, I’d love to see those idiots turned into martyrs. Integrity, honor scruples? Shit man, just try traitorous.

          • Reverend Draco

            You do have a point there, bootlicker – the shitbag enforcers are quite likely traitors. . . nice catch.

    • matism

      You should understand that, while your pigs will get to decide where it starts, once it begins EVERY employee of EVERY agency that participates has a target on their backs. Anywhere. Any time. Any way. Hope you don’t mind that free cocktail delivery through your bedroom window in the middle of the night.

  • Thomas Parker

    Birdie: Where am I wrong?

  • Reverend Draco

    It’s more than 1k-to-1. . .

  • Herman Nelson

    Nor will I. I was in Boise when the trial was going on. You could not find a hotel room in that town because every cop that was on scene was called as a witness. Whole parking lots of hotels were filled with squad cars.