Bill to shield cop who killed LaVoy Finicum
falters in Senate
by DAVE KILLEN The Oregonian, in Herald and News Feb 26, 2016
Robert “LaVoy” Finicum during an interview with The
Oregonian inside one of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
buildings in January.
Oregonian photo by Dave Killen
SALEM — A bill to shield the identity of the officer who killed
Oregon standoff spokesman LaVoy Finicum probably won’t clear the
Senate before session ends.
“It’s a complicated issue, and there’s not a lot of time,” said
Senate President Pro Tem Diane Rosenbaum, D-Portland, who chairs
the rules committee where the bill is parked. The bill passed
the House 55-3 on Feb. 17 and is waiting for its first hearing.
“Things can change, but right now it’s not scheduled,” Rosenbaum
House Bill 4087 would conceal the identity of an officer who
uses deadly force for up to 90 days. A judge could only issue an
order if there’s an imminent, specific threat to an officer’s
And there are many for the officer who shot Finicum, according
to Rep. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, who introduced the measure at the
request of Oregon State Police.
Supporters say it is critical to protect the Oregon State Police
officer who shot Finicum last month. But some civil liberties
and advocates and media groups worry it could be used to protect
police misconduct in perpetuity.
Finicum, 54, was killed Jan. 26 along a wooded stretch of
highway 20 miles north of Burns. The Arizona rancher was driving
three other militants to a community meaning in John Day, nearly
a month after the group seized the Malheur National Wildlife
An aerial FBI video shows Finicum exit his Dodge Ram pickup with
his hands raised, then appear to reach for a pocket on the left
side of his jacket before getting gunned down. Police said he
had a 9mm semi-automatic handgun
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