Lawmakers Rush Bill To Shield Name Of Officer Who Shot LaVoy Finicum

Originally published on February 15, 2016 9:12 am

Oregon legislators are rushing through a bill aimed at protecting the identity of the Oregon State Police officer who shot and killed Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation leader Robert LaVoy Finicum after hearing that the officer faces potential death threats.

House Bill 2087, which would allow the police to ask a judge to bar release of the shooter’s name for 90 days at a time, is now headed to the House floor after State Police Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. described how police and other government officials in Burns faced a series of threats and intimidating behavior before and during the 41-day occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Evans said at a House Judiciary Committee meeting last week that law enforcement officials received a series of threats, including threats related to the death of Finicum. He was shot on Jan. 26 when the FBI and other law enforcement officers arrested several leaders of the occupation while they were traveling on a rural stretch of road between Burns and John Day.

They are trying to figure out and ask who pulled the trigger,” said Evans, who did not go into any detail about the threats. However, House Judiciary Chairman Jeff Barker, D-Aloha and a former Portland Police officer, said in an interview Sunday that he was told privately by Evans that “there was a real, credible threat and they needed something right away” to protect the name of the state police officer.

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8 Responses to Lawmakers Rush Bill To Shield Name Of Officer Who Shot LaVoy Finicum

  1. Spencer says:

    So now we have a rush to make it legal for someone to become an ANONYMOUS Judge, Jury and Executioner. I am about to curse for the first time in a while. I want to apologize ahead of time. Cover your eyes…


    If that doesn’t get your blood boiling like it does mine, then you are a reptile.

  2. lecox says:

    My guess is that the same people who want to hush up who fired that shot are the people who manufactured the “threat” they needed to accomplish this. Perhaps that officer didn’t realize that he was participating in a criminal gang that day. But if he didn’t want to be targeted, he shouldn’t have agreed to participate.

  3. enki says:

    He was shot more than once, by a number of different “entities” ?

    Who were the various ….ACTORS ?

    Why are THEY talking about …..only…ONE… “shooter” ?

  4. Cindy says:

    He is no officer just another mindless idiot who does what he is TOLD like a child who can’t think for himself!! You should watch a program called The Experiment” surprising. Sadly.

  5. Ilex says:

    So in the video of these men they were dressed as FBI agents and we’ve been told that they are just very well paid mercenaries. This article is calling them State Police Officers. Can anyone clarify this? Who are they really?

  6. Sue says:

    Are they saying that all nine bullets that hit Lavoy Finnicum came from the same “officer”?

    • Jean says:

      I don’t think. We have video proof of this happened. . . so they can’t present this is a court – but they probably will. . . 🙂 Hugs, ~Jean

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