The family of LaVoy, who was shot and killed by an OSP officer out there around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, are shocked and dismayed, appalled and flabbergasted - because they've been billed for costs associated with his final ambulance ride.
Apparently, it surprises them that committing suicide by cop doesn't give you a freebie - somebody's got to clean things up and transport the corpse, and those folks need to be paid.
The family of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, the Arizona rancher who was shot dead last month during a confrontation with FBI agents and Oregon state police, was notified Thursday that they owe the City of Burns $500 for “ambulance advance life support” and mileage for LaVoy’s ambulance ride to a medical center. The city of Burns’ assistant law director filed the claim in Harney County Probate Court this morning.
An attorney representing the Finicum family issued the statement: “The callousness, insensitivity, and poor judgment of Harney County and the City of Burns to send a bill after its own officers murdered their loving family member is truly sickening.” A source close to the family said they were “mortified” by the total “lack of empathy” of the city’s claim.
Of course, their view is that the occupation was a "peaceful protest" and poor ol' LaVoy was murdered.
A number of "militants" take that view, and they've been demanding to know the name of the "murderer". The accompanying death threats have prompted action at the Oregon legislature in Salem:
A Portland-area Democrat is fast-tracking legislation that would shield the identity of the officer who killed Oregon standoff spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum.
A proposal by Rep. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, would let courts bar the disclosure of the name of an officer who uses deadly force for 90 days. To do so, a judge would have to agree there's an imminent and specific threat to the officer's life.
Barker put forth a last-minute amendment to House Bill 4087 at the request of the Oregon State Police, who told him they've received death threats against the officer who fatally shot Finicum on Jan. 26. The bill won unanimous approval in the nine-member House Judiciary Committee on Thursday on its way to the full chamber.
Ordinarily, full disclosure is preferred, but given the nature of these folks - their persecution complexes and all - a bit of lag-time seems reasonable.
We have a monitored home security system. If there's an issue, they call Portland police to respond. PoPo charges $25 a year for the permit, and last December, I sent the payment in.
Today, I got a letter from them which said that the permit fee was delinquent and they were adding another $25 as penalty, so I called their alarm administration line and noted that according to the bank, it was paid. But according to their database, it wasn't - so the nice lady told me to send a copy of both sides of the check.
Problem: I pay electronically. Problem: PoPo doesn't do electronic payments, so the bank cuts them a check and mails it to them. Problem: USPS lost it, according to the bank. So they put a stop payment on the check (no charge) and told me to send PoPo another payment. Great.
I called the alarm administration line again and told her what the bank rep told me. And she says, "You know what? I'll remove that penalty right now, because it wasn't your fault. I spoke with you earlier." Cool.
She continued: "Say, can you give me your birth-date?" I didn't see what that had to do with the issue at hand, but what the heck. "No wonder I liked you," she said, "I'm a Taurus too. Know what? You qualify for a free, lifetime alarm permit, so I'm switching your account to reflect that. We'll be sending you a new permit with no expiration date. Your account balance is zero."
Unbelievable. And they're not going to be sending a collection agency out.
Self-described “sovereign citizens” who claim they don’t need a driver’s license are not a new thing for Spokane County deputies, but Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the number of incidents appears to be on the rise.
“We’ve seen this for years,” Knezovich said. “It seems like this thing in Oregon has really brought these types out of the woodwork.”
Deputies have dealt with two people in the past week who claimed to be a “traveler” or “free traveler,” and said that, according to the U.S. Constitution, they didn’t have to have a license.
Technically, they're correct - just not when it comes to the U.S. Constitution, as the Founders didn't mention vehicles, since they didn't exist at the time, for one thing. But in most states, you don't have to have a driver's license, plates, insurance, etc. - as long as you're driving on your own property rather than on a public road.
As it happens, the folks claiming to be "free travelers" have generally had past run-ins with the law, and after having their licenses suspended, suddenly decide that they're "sovereign citizens". Put 'em in a cage and call them "sovereign psitticenes".
At approximately 9:40 am on Thursday, February 11, 2016, the FBI brought three of the remaining Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers into custody without incident. At approximately 11:00 am, agents brought the fourth into custody without incident.
Ohio Guy used to be a dental technician, back home. Apparently, he lost his job there. Part of his angst was due to his failure to find work here, or so he claimed.
He's not going to find it any easier after this escapade. Congratulations to the FBI and others.
Big Daddy Bundy took it into his head to fly from Nevada to PDX last night, and was promptly popped into the pokey; he was booked into Multnomah County Jail at 10:54 p.m. The 74 year-old "rancher" apparently figured on driving out to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to oversee the occupation, although what made the guy who hates the federal government believe that he could board a flight to Portland without the TSA and other federal agencies getting involved is a bit unclear. In any event, two of his sons are housed in the same facility that Cliven can now call home, although they won't be seeing much of each other.
Portland scores a Bundy trifecta!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch refuge, FBI teams were busily infiltrating the buildings and the visitor center. They were undetected by the remaining occupiers; primarily because the occupiers, fearing that agents would lob tear gas into the buildings, had set up camp along an access road about a quarter of a mile away.
That being the case, agents rolled on down there in armored vehicles and surrounded the camp. As of this morning, the occupiers remaining there had concluded that there was nothing for it but to surrender. Heck, they were running low on beer anyway.
At this moment, three of the four holdouts are now in custody, but that nutty 27 year-old kid's balking.
Ideally, they won't have to shoot him, but he does seem to be relishing the attention.
The Malheur Refuge has been re-named by the nutters to "Camp Finicum". And it only gets wackier; some supporters of the dead nutter are comparing him to Christ, while others refer to him as a "martyr". And to top it off, one of his nieces is peddling limited-edition Lego LaVoys, complete with a little cowboy hat, with its hands in the air. That latter part is sort of a meme among the dedicated nutters, who claim that he had his hands in the air when the state trooper shot him. It persists despite the fact that footage recorded at the event shows that at no time did he adopt that posture.
You can head over to eBay and pick up one of your very own for a mere $155.50. But you'd better hurry; these babies are a limited-edition, you know.
The weirdness shows no sign of abating any time soon.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change.
That sort of thing is likely to happen when the executive branch decides to rule by simply bypassing the legislative branch. For a Constitutional scholar, Barry seems inordinately ignorant. Must be why his academic records are sealed.