More racist Rightwing stoogery from the supposed Libertarian blogger Willis Hart, again in service of sliming the Black Lives Matter movement.
|Willis Hart: On the Fact that an Eyewitness of the Shooting of Lavoy Finicum (a Participant in the Oregon Rancher Standoff) Has Stated that Mr. Finicum Was Shot in the Face with His Hands in the Air and Several More Times While He Was Lying on the Ground... Something tells me that the left isn't going to champion this "hands up, don't shoot" narrative like they did the prior one (the fact that the victim was white, conservative, a militia member, a gun-rights activist, etc., the fact that the killers were the federal government during a Democratic administration, etc.). Just a guess.|
P.S. Me, I'll be waiting for the evidence (cop-cam videos, pictures of the autos, autopsy results, etc.), thank you (the fact that I will not do to this law enforcement officer what the knuckle-dragging and race-baiting left did to Officer Wilson - NO WAY). (1/28/2016 AT 9:55pm).
Sure, you're going to wait for the evidence. That's why you posted this bullplop as soon as you read it (from a Rightwing "news" source, no doubt).
|Sorry Republicans, LaVoy Finicum Didn't Have His Hands Up When He Was Shot. [article excerpt] As much as many conservatives would like to believe that the Bundy militia were merely innocent victims of the government, a picture is emerging that makes it clear the now-deceased LaVoy Finicum intentionally provoked a reaction from the law enforcement officers after trying to flee arrest.|
Finicum was part of a large group of the Bundy militants who were stopped by the FBI en route to yet another propaganda appearance in a nearby town. Rather than simply let the group go unimpeded, the authorities finally decided to act. ... Sadly, it was not entirely surprising to learn that it was Finicum who resisted arrest. He had frequently claimed that he would rather die in a shootout than be arrested. Whether that was his intention on the night of his death is unclear, but his hostility towards law enforcement and his paranoia certainly contributed.
Not everyone is convinced, however. Almost immediately after Finicum's death was announced, right-wing sympathizers began spinning a conspiracy that he had been executed with his hands up while his fellow "patriots" watched. The myth wasn't relegated to the backwaters of the internet, either. Soon, even sitting Republican politicians and Bundy's own Facebook page were repeating the tale.
Unfortunately for this convenient narrative, witnesses of the arrest say Finicum was the provoker. Melvin Lee was behind the Bundy convoy during the arrest. He recounts how Finicum tried to flee, and the wound up charging the officers.
"There happened to be some arguments between the guys in the truck. Somehow they got Ryan Payne pulled out of the truck, apparently. LaVoy had took off - he ended up hitting a snowbank, I guess, trying to get around the blockade. After he hit that snowbank, he came out of that truck and he charged at the law enforcement, as I understand it". (Addicting Info article. 1/27/2016).
Yeah, no, the Left is NOT going to "champion this hands up, don't shoot narrative" because Lavoy Finicum (AKA Blue Tarp Man) did NOT raise his arms indicating he was surrendering. The eyewitness (Melvin Lee) confirms Finicum's hands were not up. Note that Willis does not name the "eyewitness" that he says saw the shooting in his post. But that might be because - if you're going to lie about what you "saw" you don't need to actually see it ("eyewitness" isn't an eyewitness).
But on this I will be consistent, Willis... and ask, couldn't they have tased him or hit him with a bean bag round... or something? They did PLAN to arrest these people, so they could have brought non-lethal weapons along and had them at the ready. They could have even let him go (and tow his truck after he ran away). Leave his arrest for another day. They already got the main guy, Ammon Bundy. So call it a day, I say. That way there is no risk that someone dies.
If this is ANOTHER unnecessary death I will denounce it the same as I denounced the unnecessary death of Michael Brown. On the other hand, if he was carrying a gun or had a gun on him? Well, maybe they had no choice. Remember that Finicum said he'd rather be killed than be arrested. Also remember that the authorities knew for a fact that they were dealing with armed individuals (Finicum had a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the pocket when he was shot... unlike Michael Brown, who was UNARMED).
And there is also the fact that one of these militia idiots actually shot (and killed) another militia idiot earlier in the month.
|Militia Movement Leader Fatally Shoots Fellow Patriot Between the Eyes in Drunken Dispute [article excerpt] Vincent Smith, a right-wing organizer for the Paul Revere 2016 Final March to Restore America, fatally shot his co-founder Charles Carter in what appears to be self-defense during a drunken argument. The two men were organizing the march from the west coast to Washington D.C. with the intent of "removing the corrupt leadership that has taken over our beloved country and ousted her God and constitution". (1/13/2016 US Uncut article by Hugh Wharton).|
Yes, this took place in Grayson County TX and not Oregon, but I think this isn't surprising (one idiot shoots another idiot while planning to overthrow the government they view as "illegimitate"). Obviously this shows that extreme caution is warranted around armed idiots (as the Oregon Bundy-lead militia morons clearly are).
Willis (who frequently claims consistency) takes the side of the cops when the gunned down individual is Black, but here immediately goes with a false narrative that has a White man being gunned down (shot in face, then a few more times to make sure he's dead when he's lying on the ground). He is consistent with his racism, I guess. And race baiting, which he does here as well with his reference to the "hands up, don't shoot narrative", which he has previously referred to as a "damned lie" and a "virulent lie".
The "virulent lie" from ANOTHER commentary where defends the law-breaking ranchers and refers to Montel Williams as a "fucking racist" (OST #92). Is he going to refer to this Finicum shot in the face baloney as a "virulent lie" when the evidence he's waiting for comes out?
Anyway, is it just me, or does anyone else find it disturbing that Willis defends Rightwing extremists (at least some of whom subscribe to the sovereign citizen nuttery that says "the United States government is illegitimate" and are considered by the FBI (some groups) to be domestic terrorists... but continually slams the BLM movement, lies about what they're protesting about and is "quite insulted" when Black people "bellyache" about cops shooting UNARMED Black suspects (OST #90).
Video: "On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket", Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge for the FBI in Portland, said in a statement. "He did have a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the pocket" (2:41).