The occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by a band of armed militiamen, has been going on for 20+ days and the governor of Oregon has had enough.
Gov. Kate Brown cites rising costs ($100,000 a week) to keep cops on patrol of the site and other safety measures that are needed. Brown is calling for the federal authorities to put an immediate end to the standoff and reimburse the state.
There’s no word on exactly how she wants the feds to intervene but given their arms and conviction that the federal government has vastly overstepped its bounds, it’s hard to see how this ends well.
The only way the militia has said it will stand down is if Dwight and Steven Hammond, the ranchers who were thrown back in jail for a “crime” they already served a sentence for, are released.
Your move feds…
From Fox 13:
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has had enough.
Brown publicly vented her frustration Wednesday with the armed group of protesters who’ve taken over a federal wildlife refuge in Harney County, in the southeastern corner of her state. But she’s also fed up with federal officials’ response to the occupation and urged them to put an end to it.
“The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and underserved by federal officials’ response thus far,” Brown said during a news conference. “This spectacle of lawlessness must end. And until Harney County is free of it I will not stop insisting that federal officials enforce the law.”
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