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Brickbat: You Didn't See That

Body cameraIgor Yegorov / Dreamstime.comThe Oregon State Police SWAT Team normally wears body cameras, but they weren't wearing them when Robert "Lavoy" Finicum's truck was stopped in 2016. According to a motion filed by prosecutors, the FBI had told them not to. FBI agent W. Joseph Astarita shot and killed Finicum during the stop. Astarita is charged with three counts of making false statements and two counts of obstruction of justice.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    On Feb. 6, 2016, two state police detectives reinterviewed Astarita, but by then the hostage rescue team agents knew there were unaccounted-for gunshots and missing shell casings. The agents set conditions for the interview: They could only be interviewed as a group, the interview couldn't be recorded and their lawyer could be present on a speakerphone.

    The state police detectives found those conditions "particularly an unrecorded group interview - odd and problematic, but reluctantly agreed to them, believing that the alternative would be no interview at all,'' prosecutors wrote.

    Doesn't the Oregon State Police know it's unpatriotic to even suggest wrongdoing by the FBI? Doesn't Reason, for that matter?

  • ||

    And nothing else happened.


  • Cy||

    "You can't record this! We've got pat-... Domestic Terrorists to kill!"

    -FBI Feder hit squad

  • Conchfritters||

    The FBI lied and someone died? Must have been a Tuesday.

  • Cy||

    What's that say: "Absolute power.... something something something... EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!"

  • Cy||


    It's still early.

  • Conchfritters||

    It's not like they botched the hair analysis in over 100 capital murder cases for decades, or hired a serial killer as an under cover informant.

  • Bubba Jones||

    How is it that the FBI can set conditions for the state SWAT team? Isn't the correct response to invite the fbi to go it alone?

  • sarcasmic||

    Probably some "revenue sharing" going on, so the locals need the FBI if they're going to get a share of the spoils.

  • dantheserene||

    Almost certainly this--Follow the money.

  • dantheserene||

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Any normal American asserting a self-defense claim would have to convince a trier of fact that deadly force was reasonable even though the assailant never had a weapon in a position to do harm nor threatened to hurt law enforcement at the scene.

    Benefits of being a murderer-for-hire, I guess.

  • ace_m82||

    Didn't that seem a little suspicious to LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS?


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