FBI says video shows slain Oregon occupier reach for jacket pocket. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
FBI video shows Oregon police shooting
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The FBI on Thursday (January 28) released a video investigators say shows one of the occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge reach for his jacket pocket before he was shot dead by police after speeding away from a traffic stop where the group’s leader was arrested.
Authorities said 54-year-old Robert LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Arizona who acted as a spokesman for the occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was armed when he was stopped by police and killed on Tuesday afternoon.
The aerial video taken by law enforcement helicopters showed Finicum speed off in a white truck from FBI and Oregon state police and nearly strike a law enforcement officer while trying to evade a police barricade before hitting a snowbank and leaving the car.
The grainy aerial footage shows Finicum raise his hands in the air and then turn and flail his arms moments before he is shot by an officer the FBI identified as a state trooper.
Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Portland office who narrated the video for reporters, said Finicum can be seen reaching for his jacket pocket. But a lack of focus in the video makes Finicum’s precise movements prior to the shooting difficult to discern.
Bretzing told reporters at an evening news conference in the rural community of Burns, Oregon that while the video showing Finicum’s death was potentially upsetting, it was released in the interest of transparency.
The occupation began when leader Ammon Bundy and at least a dozen of his followers took over a small cluster of buildings at the refuge on Jan. 2 in a flare-up in the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion, a decades-old conflict over federal control of millions of acres in the West.