Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rallies support defendants in Bunkerville standoff case

By Jessie Bekker and Max Michor

Hundreds of supporters turned out at a Las Vegas event Saturday night supporting the defendants facing trial in the Bunkerville standoff case. They gathered at Rainbow Gardens to hear speeches from Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, members of the Bundy family and even Roger Stone, an on-and-off adviser for President Donald Trump. The overarching theme at Saturday event: The “mainstream media” hasn’t given the Bundy family a voice. “They’re supposed to be unbiased. They’re supposed to be dealing with facts and truth,” said Jeanette Finicum, wife of the late LaVoy Finicum, who was present at the 2014 Bunkerville standoff and who was shot by an Oregon state trooper during another standoff at an eastern Oregon wildlife refuge last year. Throughout speeches, members of the crowd shook their heads, clapped and wiped away tears. On and off, they hollered and shouted affirming yeses. Stone closed the evening Saturday by accusing the FBI and the Bureau of Land Management of “threatening death, … slaughtering livestock and laughing in our face about it.” The crowd whistled and offered a standing ovation to welcome him to the podium. “I am here for one important reason. I stand in solidarity with every member of the Bundy family,” Stone said. The crowd responded by chanting, “Roger! Roger! Roger!” “I have not followed this case with the intensity that I might have,” Stone said. Still, he noted, “The more I read, the angrier I got.” Over time, he said, Americans’ constitutional rights have been eroded to the point of being unrecognizable. “This is the oppressive and of a military jackbooted government that has lost all sense of law or morality.” Stone called out U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not offering direct support to the 17 defendants. Then, he appealed Trump to “review this case in the name of justice, in the name of mercy … pardon every member of the Bundy family.”...more

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