Cliven Bundy arrested in Portland on charges stemming from 2014 ranch standoff

Cliven-BundyOn Wednesday, Cliven Bundy, father of Ammon Bundy, the leader of the group that occupied the federal facility at Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, landed at Portland International Airport and was instantly arrested by FBI on charges stemming from the 2014 standoff with the Bureau of Land Management.

According to reports, he faces a charge of conspiracy to interfere with a federal officer and weapons charges, the same charge leveled against his two sons.  One question, however, remains — why wasn’t he arrested before now?

Here’s a video report of the arrest by USA Today:

The Bundy Ranch Facebook page noted:

“They keep coming for us patriots, they keep attacking peaceful principled men and woman. What are the people to do when our government becomes the enemy of the law. — Pray fervently tonight. Many are in peril.”

The FBI has also moved to finish the standoff at the refuge by surrounding the four remaining holdouts with armored vehicles.

USA Today explained what prompted the move:

It came after one of the occupiers drove an ATV outside of barriers established by the occupiers, the FBI Portland said in a statement Wednesday. The occupier then drove the vehicle back to the site at a high rate of speed.

“We reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge,” said Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge, in a statement.

One of the four remaining persons left at the refuge said the group will turn themselves in at a checkpoint on Thursday.  We’ll be watching to see how it pans out.  The biggest fear at this point is that authorities will kill the last four the way they killed LaVoy Finicum.

Exit question: Where was all this concern and firepower when mobs were burning down and destroying Ferguson?

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