• Source: Harney County Sheriff's Office/YouTube
  • Sheriff: Domestic Terrorists Will Face Charges When Standoff Is Over

    A local Oregon sheriff says the Bundy brothers and their fellow "militiamen" are not immune from prosecution.

    Harney County Sheriff David Ward on Monday asked Ammon Bundy and others who are illegally occupying a federal installation to "go home." On Tuesday, Ward said the lawbreakers will face federal charges from the FBI.

    “The bureau has assured me that those at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will at some point face charges,” Ward told Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) today.

    About twenty people on Saturday broke into and began an occupation of the federal installation, one that few people support. Even Fox News' Megyn Kelly was dismissive of Ammon Bundy in an interview Monday night.

    WATCH: Ammon Bundy Went On Fox News To Explain His Oregon Occupation To Megyn Kelly. It Didn't Go Well.

    OPB reports the FBI "is handling a criminal case against the armed men occupying the refuge since Saturday, and has told Ward that the men will face charges. The sheriff still believes a peaceful resolution to the conflict is possible."

    Ward warned the militiamen, whose actions have caused the shutdown of the town's schools, courthouse, local businesses, and neighboring federal buildings, that the longer their occupation continues, the worse it will be for them.

    “They have an opportunity right now to work towards a better solution, and not face further charges,” Ward said. The type or extent of charges is unknown.

    He also warned of the impact the occupation is having on the local economy.

    “If this goes on any longer, it will have an even greater impact on our tourism and local economy,” he said.

    Sheriff Ward asked that any support the men are receiving be discontinued immediately.

    “I think if one person gives them a Snickers bar, they’re going on national media and claiming that the community supports them,” he said. “If you’re giving them support, you’re just prolonging the situation.”

    That warning includes the media.

    “Further attention is what these folks are seeking. I think the more attention we give to them, the more rhetoric we’re going to hear, or the longer this might draw out.”

    In a video recorded Monday, Sheriff Ward asked local residents to band together and "put up a united front."


    Image: Screenshot via Harney County Sheriff's Office/YouTube

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    • commented 2016-01-06 21:35:59 -0500
      Uh huh. I don’t believe a goddamned word of this…assertion. Once again, if it were me and 149 black friends, or 149 women of color, or 149 Muslim friends, or 149 immigrant friends, or 140 Asian friends, or 149 Latino friends, 149 (fill in your non-white other here) ______________, we’d all be dead by now. There would be no bogus “when the standoff is over.” STFU all you effin’ lying wastes of skin.

    • commented 2016-01-06 08:57:26 -0500
      Leah, so I know my “roll?” You’re about as bright as that RWNJ is.

    • commented 2016-01-06 05:52:05 -0500
      Whoever she thinks she is, she is not an Alaska judge. And her writing is horrible. http://www.courts.alaska.gov/ak-judges.htm

    • commented 2016-01-06 05:28:42 -0500

      Don’t believe everything you read on white-wing news sites, Holly. Use the google machine.

    • commented 2016-01-06 02:39:51 -0500
      Anna von Reitz is not a “judge” by any commonly accepted legal (or general) definition of that term, she carries no authority to issue such an order, and her political screed is not an official legal document of any kind. And her grammar, whoever said she is, is horriblrpe.

    • commented 2016-01-05 23:30:34 -0500
      Lol “roll”

    • commented 2016-01-05 19:55:15 -0500
      Leah Holli, your fake judgeship for your fake common law court hold no legal authority anywhere on earth. Go take your meds..

    • commented 2016-01-05 19:48:29 -0500
      I hope they are all charged with enough they spend time in jail. Closing a town, scaring the towns people and kids as well as taking over a federal building armed to the teeth should be enough to land them all a spot in prison for a while. Those who support this need to stay away. No one should be able to come or go from the building. Cut all power and water. They will get cold and tired of doing without soon enough. Arrest every one of them as they leave the building.

    • commented 2016-01-05 19:24:05 -0500
      OPEN LETTER TO SHERIFF WARD FROM Judge Anna Maria Riezinger. Please read so you clearly know your roll!

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