A close-up timeline of the Robt. LaVoy
Denis O'Brien, PhD
Jan26|2016 the FBI and Oregon State Troopers ambushed
a white pick-up truck carrying the wacko leaders of Citizens for
Constitutional Freedom who invaded
the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan02|2016. A
fat, left-handed cop in dark uniform short sleeves stole up behind Robt.
LaVoy Finicum and shot him dead. Finicum, according to the FBI, was armed
with a 9mm pistol, and it looks like he was reaching for it. Finicum had
said previously that, in effect, he would never be taken alive. He wasn’t.
The only way to avoid being taken alive in such a situation is 1) be lucky
enough to out-run the cops; 2) kill all the cops trying to arrest you; 3)
kill yourself. Surely, any reasonably objective jury would quickly
conclude that any of
at the ambush had a right to presume that Finicum was taking option #2. At any
rate, he’s dead rather than being in a "concrete box," which
is the way he wanted it. RIP. Let’s move on. No tears here for
Finicum, we just want to be sure we know what happened because some people
are calling this an execution.
On Jan28|2016 the FBI released a video of the
chase and the shoot out. The video was taken
from a helicopter. The vid runs almost 27 minutes, and begins with a chase
2 miles away
from where the ambush took place. Here I provide a minute-by-minute summary of
the video, with geographic coordinates so you can follow the action
on GoogleEarth. As of Feb02, 11:30am PST, the video has been viewed
over 3 million times.
Dealing with the right-wingnut bullspitters
Before stepping through the vid, I think it is worthwhile to examine
some of the misinformation and blatant bullshit that has been disseminated
about this incident.
- YT is filling up with numbnuts like "ron johnson"
who looked at the cop clock in the upper L corner of the FBI video and
saw a conspiracy. In a YT "johnson" rants
about how the date on the FBI video is Jan27 but the ambush was
actually Jan26. He then goes off on how the "counter"
on the FBI vid starts at "25" meaning they chopped off
everything from 0-25.
Apparently "johnson" is not sufficiently literate to have
read the FBI notes to its vid -- the time is given in Zulu, which is
standard for aircraft. The time shown -- Jan27|2016, 00:25:00 --
is Jan26|2016, 04:25, PST.
- The Daily
Mail quotes an unnamed Finicum family attorney as saying it appears
that Finicum was shot in the back with his hands in the air.
Assuming the DM got the quote right, it's a lie. For it appears
from the video that Finicum's hands were down and his right hand was
reaching inside his jacket just before he falls into the snow.
- To me, Michele Fiore represents the world's dumbest dumb
blonde. She is a right-wing gun-nut transplant from Brooklyn, NY
to Nevada where she was elected to the Nevada Assembly. Fiore
said during the Cliven Bundy face off that armed feds should not show
up to collect debts. It is purely coincidental that she has been
accused of owing the IRS up to $1M back-taxes. She is most famous for
her Christmas family picture that encourages toddlers to play with
Fiore encouraged the unlawful activity of Finicum and the the Malheur
dildos, so it is hardly surprising that when Finicum was killed, she
instantly perpetrated the lie that he was "murdered with his
hands up." No one would expect any more from her.
- Victoria Sharp is an 18-yo singer of some sort who had
performed for the nut-cases holding the Malheur National Wildlife
Refuge, which makes her a nut-case, too. According to her
story she was in the Finicum truck when it was ambushed. But
her story is full of more holes than Finicum's body.
Virginia Sharp performing for the Malheur dildos.
She says that after the truck first stopped and then took off,
everybody got down on the floorboard except Finicum, who was
driving. In spite of being on the floorboard, this
exaggeration-prone teen hopes to convince people that: 1) Finicum was
shot while he had his hands in the air; 2) he was shot three times
after he hit the ground; 3) the cops fired "at least 120 shots
altogether" for over 10 minutes; 4) there were snipers in the
trees. How is she going to know all of that while lying on the
floorboard? Did she count the shots? Writers like Jay
Syrmopoulous of The Free Thought Project who are pushing
Finicum as a martyr don't even ask these obvious questions about
By watching the FBI vid carefully, a reasonably objective person is
likely to conclude Sharp is a liar. There is no indication of
the cops firing a barrage at the truck. So far as I can see,
only one window may have been broken and judging from the smoke puffs,
the shots that broke it likely came from inside the truck. And with only one of the
people in the truck being slightly injured, does that sound like 120
rounds fired at such close range?
This is the sort of right-wingnut bullshit that is out there. If
you verify any of it in the video, please send me an Em indicating the
time and I'll have another look and correct this post, if necessary.
Close-up of the ambush timeline
This is a summary of the FBI "complete, unedited" video of
the Finicum ambush. The times in the left column are the video elapsed
time. It is helpful to fire up GoogleEarth and input the coordinates
below to follow what happened.
The FBI video begins at 43° 48.228' N 118° 59.384' W -- 1.9 mi from
kill-site. The view is Robt. LaVoy Finicum’s (RLF) white pick-up truck
headed N on US route 395. A black-roofed vehicle is following.
The lighting is good but waning. Snow lies on
ground. The highway is clear and dry, suggesting the temps were not high
enough to cause significant snow-melt during the day.
As noted above, the copter clock in the upper L starts at 00:25:32
Jan27|2016. This is GMT, or ZULU time. It was Jan26|2016,
04:25:32 pm on the ground.
This is not evidence of a conspiracy.
The copter clock/date are the only meters not blocked out by the cops,
which is suspicious. The clock could have been added afterwards to make it
look like the vid is continuous but if other gauges were visible and there
were edits, the jumping gauges would contradict the uninterrupted flow of
The elapsed time the copter clock shows matches the elapsed video time
throughout the entire video, which indicates no editing unless the copter
clock was added to vid afterwards. (I show a calculation at 10:00.)
There are numerous discontinuities, which I have tried to note with
"Break." "Break" is not meant to imply an edit. The
camera seems to jump suddenly in and out during zoom in/out.
Chase, Part I
00:28 --- Break
00:32 --- Break
00:49 --- Truck slows and stops just N of NF Rd #31 -- 43° 48.821' N
118° 58.993' W Looks like there is a solid line S-bound but GE shows
dotted line both directions
00:52 --- Break
01:08 --- 2 black chase vehicles approach RLF’s truck
01:34 --- Break
01:54 --- Cops out of trucks, not approaching RLF. One cop w/ dog.
02:42 --- Break
03:14 --- Camera sweeps to S. along road. Looks like maroon Jeep
stopped in N-bound lane well behind where RLF stopped.
Maroon Jeep stopped well behind Finicum.
04:00 --- Camera returns to stopped RLF truck. Looks like person w/
hands behind head on lower R.
Hard to say . . . one of the people busted?
04:10 --- Cop w/ gun drawn wades off into the snow to the E. Then
goes back to road. Apparently got snow down his boot.
04:31 --- Break
04:42 --- Break
05:49 --- Break
05:58 --- Break
06:21 --- Break
06:48 --- Break
07:04 --- Looks like someone sitting on road behind one of the
cop trucks. Might have gotten out of RLF truck.
07:42 --- Break
08:15 --- All of the windows of the truck are intact at this
point. RLF begins to move. Reaches moderate rate of speed.
Chase, Part II
08:19 --- Break
08:30 --- Break
09:12 --- Brake lights come on.
09:14 --- Roadblock comes into view
09:15 --- 3 pickups blocking road all facing S. RLF plows into
the snow -- 43° 49.638' N 118° 58.285' W . Brake lights on until
truck comes to rest.
Ambush at the 2nd center-line dash for N-bound traffic.
The ambush site is right where the double yellow line turns to
passing line for N-bound. The exact kill-spot is opposite the second
dash on the road, which is where two of the three ambush trucks are
09:16 --- Idiot cop runs from behind cop-truck into the path of
RLF who is trying to evade to the L. This forces RLF further to the L
into the deep snow.
Suicidal cop jumps in front of Finicum's truck.
09:19 --- Camera jumps around.
09:21 --- Black chase car enters ambush site from S.
09:22 --- RLF out of truck. Hands up.
09:26 --- Break
09:27 --- Fat cop seen emerging from trees behind RLF.
Not a "sniper" -- no rifle. He is in the line of fire of
the cop moving toward RLF from the road and the others behind the
Finicum sandwiched between two cops.
09:28 --- RLF both hands down, then back up as cop in front
raises handgun higher.
09:29 --- RLF both hands suddenly go down. R hand reaches into
jacket. Turns to his L to face cop by the road, shifts weight to R
09:30 --- RLF L hand goes out to L side, as he pivots toward L.
09:32 --- L-handed fat cop comes out of trees behind RLF,
handgun raised. Looks like the guy is in short sleeves. As RLF continues
to pivot to his left, his R hand looks like it's in his jacket. Clearly
a provocation. Cop near the road approaching RLF moves out of line of
fire of fat cop.
09:33 --- RLF is facing 90 from fat cop, sort of stuck in the
snow. RLF falls -- apparently shot by fat cop. There is no indication
RLF shot prior to this point. The fat cop is pointing his gun directly
at the other cops in the road. Fat cop does a pirouette and runs away to
his R like a scared little girl, gets bogged down in snow.
09:53 --- RLF not moving. On his back, head toward road. R arm
out 90 degrees. L knee bent.
09:54 --- Flash-bang goes off
10:00 --- 35:32 (copter clock) - 10:00 (vid time) = 25:32
(start time for copter clock) – the copter clock is tightly sync’d
w/ vid time.
10:01 --- Flash-bang goes off
10:12 --- Flash-bang goes off
10:22 --- Can't tell if shot fired from front R window or if
shot hits it.
10:47 --- Another shot, can't tell from which side.
11:30 --- 4 cops form firing line to S of truck
11:40 --- Break
11:48 --- Break
12:42 --- Break
12:47 --- Break
13:25 --- Another shot -- this one looks like FROM the truck
13:27 --- Clear aiming lazer on RLF's head
14:15 --- Front passenger window of RLF truck shot out
15:10 --- 2nd person emerges from L back door. 7 cops now cowering
behind the silver truck w/ cap.
15:49 --- Count 6 cops behind black truck.
16:06 --- 3rd person emerges -- L back door.
16:37 --- One cop (w. dog) cowering behind another cop.
17:11 --- One cop has green light on his belt. This is seen off
17:19 --- 4th person emerges from L back door. Looks like a
blonde woman. Aiming lazer on her.
19:18 --- 2 cops approach RLF vehicle from rear. Open L front
19:51 --- One cop runs into trees. Looks like another moves
20:04 --- Driver’s door on RLF truck opened.
21:21 --- Not clear if another person taken out of truck.
Tailgate of RLF truck down. 6 cops converge on RLF body. Everybody
stands down, grab-assing.
21:16 --- Looks like 3 people sitting on the road, but hard to
24:37 --- Cop opens L rear door to search truck, most of the
cops just standing around grab-assing, prisoners sitting on the
25:29 --- Cop w/ large hand bag approaches body.
25:47 --- Looks like cop got a coat out of RLF truck for
25:53 --- Break
25:56 --- At least one vehicle 100 yds to the N.
26:05 --- Break
26:22 --- Multiple vehicles to S.
26:28 --- End
Denis R. O'Brien, PhD/Esq.
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