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Eyewitnesses Knock down Conspiracy Theories About LaVoy Finicum Dying with His Hands Up

With the arrest of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and the death of LaVoy Finicum on Tuesday, conspiracy theories have been created, suggesting that police officers shot a defenseless Finicum as he begged for his life.

Eyewitnesses quickly dismissed the claims in a series of videos. They described the incident and how Finicum charged at officers in an aggressive way.

Raw Story reports:

Finicum claimed early on during the occupation that he was willing to die for his interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

“I have been raised in the country all my life,” Finicum said in a widely viewed television interview, shrouded in a blue tarp with a rifle on his lap. “I love dearly to feel the wind on my face. To see the sun rise, to see the moon. I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box.”

McConnell said the Finicum’s death should not be used to encourage further violence.

“If you weren’t up there, shut your mouth, shut your f*cking mouth — no one wants to hear from you,” McConnell said. “What happened up there, it was tragic — bottom line. We were all arrested, some of them are still in federal custody. LaVoy is deceased, but Ryan was not wounded, he was hit with a piece of shrapnel. Right now this town is being flooded with law enforcement.

All or most of the women or children left the wildlife refuge overnight, but some of the armed militants remain — apparently under the command of Arizona militiaman Blaine Cooper — and McConnell said the area was being “flooded with law enforcement.”

“The stuff got stopped,” McConnell said. “You’re going to rush up here now because somebody got hurt, somebody got killed? Quite frankly, I’m going to ask you where you were before, where was your loyalty? Where was your support when this was going on? It’s pretty sad if people got to run up here now because somebody got hurt, somebody got killed. You know, I guess it was convenient — armchair quarterback it the rest of the way, but now we can move on something. You guys got to stop.”

Lee struck a similar tone in his video.

“This right here is a way to slow you down, calm you down and think — wait for the information to come out, people,” Lee said. “And another thing, we’ve been trying to negotiate with the refuge, as far as Blaine and them, but they’re not answering the phone.”

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