First I want to say that I support all policing authorities having the right to self-protection, but the BLM is in the news today and we have learned through the Bundy Ranch story, that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), manages people with deadly force, as well as our public lands. In mid-February in Red Rock, Nevada, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) shot and killed D’Andre Berghardt, Jr. He was 20 years old. The BLM refused to comment on the story until recently. Just so happened a motorist was filming the shooting. Two couples riding rented bicycles called police, or some authority, about being “attacked” by Berghardt. Note that the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Berghardt, Jr. was “shot by park rangers,” not the Highway Patrol. We learned from the Bundy Ranch story that BLM has rangers and snipers.
The BLM confirmed Thursday that both rangers fired after Berghardt Jr. reached for the trooper’s AR-15 rifle, which was secured in a locked gun rack. Only one ranger can be seen firing in the video.
Eight or nine shots can be heard. Berghardt Jr. didn’t appear to have a weapon.
The BLM refused to identify either officer, but said one ranger had 17 years of law enforcement experience and the other was a nine-year veteran.
The first video below is a motorist, watching and videoing the BLM shooting. In the beginning there is one BLM vehicle with what appears to be two personnel, referred to by the motorists as “Rangers.” You can hear a motorist saying, “he’s holding his gun on him, it’s nuts.” It takes a while before one Highway Patrol vehicle arrives. They got Berghardt to the ground, and let him get up again. He ran around the Highway Patrol vehicle and climbed inside. The next thing you know, you hear the motorist (and you can see it in the video) say, “they just shot him, they killed him, dude.” [5:52min-mark] “What’s ridiculous about this is that they never grabbed him, they let him get up….They had him on the ground. I don’t know why they didn’t just jump on him, pin him….Redneck justice,” heard from the eye-witnesses.
A jogger told the Review-Journal she often saw the man walking on the road in recent weeks with his bedroll and a few other possessions. She suspected he was homeless.
The man walked with “such touching resoluteness,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “I often wondered where he was from and where he was walking to with such determination.” Source: Review Journal
D’Andre’s father is quoted saying his son left California for Las Vegas “two days” before the shooting, so the source above may have confused him with someone else. The father said his son was not homeless, did not do hard drugs “smoked weed” and “might have a beer.” He simply had a fight with this mother and had left for Las Vegas and was to meet his brother at the Las Vegas bus station. The deceased didn’t have a “lengthy criminal record” but a charge of theft in 2012 is still pending.
No doubt in my mind that officers felt threatened:
The incident began when BLM rangers were called to the area in response to reports from bicyclists who reported that a pedestrian was attacking them along State Route 159…
Dillon [Metro Capt. James Dillon] sat on Metro’s Use of Force Review Board for years. He said it appears the NHP and BLM acted appropriately, trying to calm Berghardt down.
“He could be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He could be mentally ill, which creates a huge level of concern and threat,” Dillon said. “We don’t run in and just put hands on.”
The pivotal moment comes when Berghardt goes inside an NHP vehicle.
“A rifle, AR-15, or a shotgun, those are normally kept in the passenger front compartment in the driver’s compartment of the vehicle, so he could have immediate access to a firearm,” Dillon said. Read more at Fox5
Quote from the man who rented the bicycles to the couples who complained about being “attacked:”
“He [bicyclist] said he [Berghardt] was carrying two tote bags with him, and looked kind of out of place for out in the middle of nowhere. He said he looked homeless, deranged, chattering,” McMurtey said.
The couples told McMurtey the man tried to get them to stop, but they continued riding. Soon after that, State Route 159 was barricaded.
Not exactly an “attack.”
I want our police to protect us, but I’d like to know just how much power the BLM has, and exactly how many other organizations have the same power? The Social Security Administration requested 174,000 hollow points. The Internal Revenue and the Department of Education both wield Remington Model 870 pump-action shotguns — both of which have acquired huge amounts of ammo through the Department of Homeland Security, and the Left wants to take away our right to self-defense.
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