Oregon Governor Says Feds ‘Must Act’ Against Protesters and Armed Groups in Burns
21st Century Wire says…
So far, after nearly 20 days of protests near Burns, Oregon, there’s been no one hurt or injured, but it seems the state’s chief executive is keen to change that result.
According to reports today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a news conference hat federal officials, “must move quickly to end the occupation and hold all of the wrongdoers accountable.”
The governor does not appear at all concerned with the Hammond family’s plight, nor with any of this story’s core issues like legal minimum sentencing, jury nullification, or private, state and federal land rights – and yet, seems to want an armed confrontation in her state – and not with any her own state or county law enforcement agents, but by using federal agents instead.
She added, “Residents of Harney County have been overlooked and underserved by federal officials’ response thus far. I have conveyed these very grave concerns directly to our leaders at the highest levels of our government: the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House.”
The Democratic governor also claims that the protest has cost the state over $500,000 over the last 3 weeks. “We’ll be asking federal officials to reimburse the state for these costs.”
It’s not clear exactly how she arrived at that figure, but it can’t be from calculating Harney County sheriff’s deputies overtime pay.
Harney County Judge Steve Grasty also voice a desire to see federal agents take a more aggressive approach towards Ammon Bundy and his fellow protesters, saying, “I hope they lock it down. People shouldn’t be coming and going. Maybe it’s time.”
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