Oregon Standoff Over, Or Is It? 'The Shot Heard Around The World' Timeline And Videos
Here is the Fire chief who was chief when Dwight Hammond Jr and Steven were accused of setting fire, and was also chief when the fires were set. He is a supporter of ranchers in the area, since they are the primary businesses and income earners in the community. He stepped down from his position as fire chief since 1982 yesterday, and he speaks for all American citizens:
It's been almost a month since American Patriot citizens took control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, but the conflict over federal land management began years before that.
Here's how the eastern Oregon standoff started and how it's progressed to Wednesday, when things started winding down (as collected by Oregon Live)
2012: Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and son Steven are convicted of arson for setting fires on federal land in 2001 and 2006. A federal judge sentences Dwight to three months and Steven to one year in prison.
Spring 2014: A 20-year dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over $1 million in unpaid grazing fees leads to an armed standoff.
2015: After serving their time, and getting out of jail, an appeals court overturns the Hammonds' original sentences, a federal judge issues new sentences of five years to both men, with credit for time already served.
Mid-December: Patriots from states across the West begin assembling in the small town of Burns to protest the pending re-imprisonment of the Hammonds over what they describe as unjust federal land policies.
Jan. 1, 2016: Community members meet with the protesters to voice their concerns in advance of a weekend rally.
Jan. 2: After an estimated 300 marchers parade through Burns in support of the Hammonds, a splinter group of armed patriots begin to occupy the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, about 30 miles south of Burns.
Jan. 3: Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the leader of the refuge occupants, says the group has no intention of violence unless the government acts against them.
Jan. 4: The Hammonds report to federal prison in California, hoping to de-escalate the situation, but say they will seek clemency from the President. Harney County Sheriff David Ward, during a news conference, tells the occupiers to "Go home."
Jan. 5: Ammon Bundy says the occupiers won't leave until local property owners have control over the refuge, or if the community shows they're no longer welcome. Ward says law enforcement is taking steps being behind the scenes to end the standoff.
Jan. 6: The Burns Paiute Tribe, which once held land that included the refuge, calls on the patriot citizens to end the standoff. A nighttime scuffle between occupiers and an outside group sends one man to the hospital with a black eye.
Jan. 7: The sheriff and Ammon Bundy meet on neutral ground to discuss ending the refuge occupation. Gov. Kate Brown demands that the protesters "decamp immediately."
Jan. 8: Ammon Bundy says the group doesn't plan to leave for now.
Jan. 11: After a week off, schools reopen in Burns. The militants destroy a portion of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fence, saying they received permission from the rancher whose cattle graze on private land adjoining the wildlife refuge.
Jan. 12: The militants say they will reveal their exit plan at a meeting on Friday evening.
Jan. 13: Rancher Tim Puckett says he didn't give the protestors permission to destroy a publicly owned fence and is upset about what happened.
Jan. 15: The "exit strategy" meeting doesn't happen over a dispute about where to hold the meeting, as the locations they chose were disallowed. Also this day, authorities arrest the first person associated with the occupation: Kenneth Medenbach, 62, of Crescent, who drove a government pickup to Burns and was accused of having a stolen vehicle.
Jan. 16: Occupiers clash with conservationists during a daily briefing after showing off a pile of cameras they say were put up by law enforcement.
Jan. 18: The protesters say they've recruited ranchers to stop paying the federal government grazing fees and plan a "signing ceremony" for later in the week. In an evening meeting, they encourage ranchers to tear up their government grazing contracts.
Jan. 19: Conservation groups stage rallies in Portland, Eugene, Bend and La Grande to urge the citizens to end the standoff. A community meeting in Burns, with Ammon Bundy in attendance, is punctuated by emotional and highly personal remarks.
Jan. 22: Negotiations stumble after Bundy questions the FBI's legal authority to operate in Harney County.
Jan. 26: Oregon State Police and the FBI confront protest leaders with a road block on their way to a meeting, about 20 miles north of the Burns, spraying about 120 rounds of ammunition, killing one and taking five into custody. No shots were believed to have been fired by the citizens. Two others are arrested in separate incidents.
Jan. 27: During a law enforcement press conference, Oregon FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing says the occupiers had "ample" time to leave peacefully and that law enforcement had taken a "very deliberate and measured response" to the standoff. Ammon Bundy appears in court in Portland and tells the remaining refuge protesters, through his attorney, to "please stand down." The remaining occupiers begin to leave the refuge.
The following video shows the FBI (American Servants) in an ambush that lead to the murder of a Lavoy Finicum, A U.S. Patriot Citizen:
BUNDY SHOOTOUT VIDEO
WARNING: THE OREGON SHOOTING ON CAMERAIn this video we've combined the exclusive interview I held with Mel Bundy with the video sent to us. In the video you will see LaVoy Fenicum shot dead by authorities and then more open fire seconds later. Dennis Michael Lynch: UNFILTERED airs weeknights at 9pmET and then again at midnight on NewsmaxTV. If you don't get NewsmaxTV, you can watch online in real time at NewsmaxTV.com.Posted by Dennis Michael Lynch on Thursday, January 28, 2016
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