Law-enforcement officers were ordered by the federal special agent in charge to cease "all operations" hours before an armed standoff at a Nevada ranch reached its tension-filled zenith in 2014.
But they did not. Three law-enforcement officers testified in federal court Thursday that they maintained their positions throughout the night and into the next day, anticipating a bloody gunfight at Bundy Ranch.
The officers told jurors they feared for their lives, prayed to God and thought they would see their partners get shot as cattle ranchers and militia members squared off against federal authorities.
None of the officers explained in court why they were ordered to engage anti-government protesters — and open fire with less than lethal weapons — after being told at least twice to stand down, abandon their efforts to round up private cattle on federal land and leave.
"We were still under threat," U.S. Parks Police Officer Tara McBride said. "My understanding was we were ceasing gathering cattle and we were to remain in place to provide security for the (incident command post)."
This was one of the first times law-enforcement officials have publicly acknowledged the government orders to back down, drawing attention to a little-known detail about the high-profile confrontation.
Lavoy Finnicum was murdered..The assassins should be prosecuted.
I'm with you guys there !!!! I saw the FILMS on the MURDER (as did the rest of the world) and NOBODY WOULD SAY, IT WAS NOT A MURDER !!!!!
BUT WHERE ARE THE REPORTS ON IT ?????? PRESIDENT TRUMP......!!!!! ARE YOU LISTENING ??????
Sounds like Janet Reno at WACO with the Branch Dividians! That pig should have been hung for those killings along with others! YES, Kate Brown should join her family up in remote Alaska at Brown Town!
Don't forget Ruby Ridge.......
Ruby Ridge & Waco happened under Bill Clinton's watch.
Lavoy Finicum = Obama's watch.
Democrats should never be "in control" again... you are supposed to arrest the criminals, not murder their families.
an example of the "SS" in America
Senator Chaffetz, of Utah is correct in his statement regarding "trust in the BLM"- - -THERE IS NONE! The BLM should NOT even exist, it is NOT authorized by the Constitution and, therefore, is an "illegal entity". Hopefully, it will be one of the "gonezoes" obliterated by President Trump.