Sheriff Pleads for Peaceful End to Oregon Standoff

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Sheriff Pleads for Peaceful End to Oregon Standoff

The Sheriff of Harney County pleaded with the occupiers left at the refuge to leave peacefully after one of their number was killed in a violent encounter with police on Tuesday.

Police and FBI have positioned checkpoints around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and have told those left at the refuge that they would be free to go, but would be stopped and identified at the checkpoints.

Police roadblock on Tuesday night- photo via wate.com

Media leaving refuge

Reporters were advised that law enforcement could not guarantee their safety if they remained at the refuge, so many of them vacated the scene. What is the reason for asking the news media to leave? Is it for their safety, or are they protecting themselves against any news footage of what may happen next?

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Sheriff David Ward, Harney County

 

Pleading for a stop to the occupation

Reuters reported,

Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, his voice breaking, said at the news conference: “I’m disappointed that a traffic stop yesterday that was supposed to bring peaceful resolution to this ended badly. Multiple law enforcement agencies put a lot of work into putting together the best tactical plan they could, to take these guys down peacefully …

“If it was as simple as just waiting out some folks down there to get out of some buildings, we could have waited a lot longer,” Ward said. “But this has been tearing our community apart. It’s time for everybody in this illegal occupation to move on. There doesn’t have to be bloodshed in our community…”

“This can’t happen anymore. This can’t happen in America and it can’t happen in Harney County.” Sheriff David Ward

Too late, Sheriff, it has already happened. The community has been divided, and it may never go back to the way it was before. Someone died. A wife and daughter are without their father. Was this shooting justified? Doubtful based upon the witness accounts, but that determination will likely come down on the side of the FBI regardless of their testimony.

“Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.” Benjamin Franklin

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