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BLM ranger testifies that he turned off body cam as Bunkerville standoff escalated
Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 2/28/2017 | Jenny Wilson

Posted on 03/01/2017 5:22:34 AM PST by Nextrush

As the 2014 standoff in Bunkerville escalated and authorities started to fear a gunfight, Bureau of Land Management Ranger Patrick Apley turned off his body camera.

"I was mad," Apley testified Tuesday in the trial against six men accused of conspiring with rancher Cliven Bundy to block federal authorities from seizing cattle. "I felt like we were going to be in a firefight and I really didn't want to record that.".....

Defense attorney Jeff Marchese, who represents defendant Eric Parker, hammered the ranger for that decision.

"What's the purpose of having a body camera?" Marchese asked.

"The purpose of a body camera is to record the incident, however, I was under a lot of stress at that point and I just didn't want to continue with all that," Appley said.....

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: bunkervillestandoff; nevada; oregon; oregonstandoff
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The message the defense wants to get out is that on that Saturday morning in April 2014, everyone supporting Cliven Bundy thought a peaceful transfer of cattle was about to take place when the BLM became aggressive and raised their weapons.

That caused weapons to be pointed at the BLM in self-defense.

This BLM agent ("ranger") shut off his body cam when it was very important to record the confrontation. Doesn't that smell.

1 posted on 03/01/2017 5:22:34 AM PST by Nextrush
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To: Nextrush

I’m guessing he didn’t want to record his great negotiating skills with the ranchers..../s


2 posted on 03/01/2017 5:26:16 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Nextrush

Smells just like Ruby Ridge and Waco
Too big gub mint getting pushy and aggressive


3 posted on 03/01/2017 5:27:02 AM PST by Joe Boucher (President Trump makes obammy look like the punk he is.)
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To: Nextrush

Same as Waco:

the go code for the shootout was “Showtime”.

they thought it would be a big, glorious victory.

but then would it didn’t turn out that way all the ATF guys hated the news film crew they had brought along to record their fun, cowboy Games.


4 posted on 03/01/2017 5:33:10 AM PST by gaijin
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To: Nextrush

Too much stress to leave the body cam running. That’s funny.


5 posted on 03/01/2017 5:45:53 AM PST by Karl Spooner
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To: Karl Spooner

A police chief in my area was speaking at a news conference to discuss the planned use of body cams by his officers and he said he expected the cameras to be showing officers doing a ‘good job’.

So why all the “stress”?


6 posted on 03/01/2017 5:49:15 AM PST by Nextrush (Freedom is everybody's business: Remember Pastor Niemoller)
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Holy CRAP! Someone gave this guy a gun and a badge? What a dangerous person, shouldn't be armed! BTW Ranger Patrick Apley, you and your JBT’s took this to where it was with YOUR actions by showing up en mass heavily armed and all SWATted up.
7 posted on 03/01/2017 5:52:05 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ ("It's a war against humanity!" Donald J. Trump)
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To: Nextrush

You never know, but I hope that it raised a few eyebrows on the jury.


8 posted on 03/01/2017 5:54:23 AM PST by Karl Spooner
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To: gaijin

I have studied the “showdown” in great detail. Visited the spot where it happened last year. It is clear to me that if the BLM had started shooting everyone of them would of been killed in a few minutes if not almost immediately. Dan Love in his arrogant cockiness put them in the worst possible position.

To be clear - I am not condoning it but that is where it went that day. Bundy is not the hill to start the next hot battle over. The .gov behaved badly.


9 posted on 03/01/2017 5:58:48 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ ("It's a war against humanity!" Donald J. Trump)
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To: Karl Spooner

This is a 30 minute video that includes federal body cam videos “Leaked Fed Body Cams from Bundy Ranch!” as the caption says.

The video shows events during the standoff where the feds were dishing out the violence and or aggressively posturing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-z6E-593Fc


10 posted on 03/01/2017 6:01:11 AM PST by Nextrush (Freedom is everybody's business: Remember Pastor Niemoller)
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To: Nextrush

Shutting off your body camera to avoid filming a shooting should be prosecuted.


11 posted on 03/01/2017 6:04:02 AM PST by AppyPappy (Don't mistake your dorm political discussions with the desires of the nation)
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To: mad_as_he$$

We sure don’t need another “hot battle” but we need some justice for those being prosecuted and persecuted in Nevada and Oregon.

The Hammonds serving a five year mandatory sentence as terrorists for lighting a fire to protect their property from a brushfire. Ammon Bundy protested at the wildlife refuge on their behalf.

Jerry DeLemus sits in a Nevada jail over the standoff at Bunkerville. He was co-chair of Veterans for Trump in New Hampshire.

Washington under “the new management” needs to do something.


12 posted on 03/01/2017 6:07:20 AM PST by Nextrush (Freedom is everybody's business: Remember Pastor Niemoller)
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To: jsanders2001

It is the mindset of the eco-police.

In this case, BLM=Bad Law Man.


13 posted on 03/01/2017 6:09:34 AM PST by ptsal
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This fed tyrant bum should be prosecuted.


14 posted on 03/01/2017 6:14:39 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation camp?)
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To: Nextrush

When an agent of the government intentionally turns off recording devices to avoid collecting evidence, jurors should draw an inference from that action.


15 posted on 03/01/2017 6:14:41 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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You would think that if there had been a shootout, the BLM guys would want to be filming to show that they were in the right -- shutting it off seems like the opposite of what you'd want to do.

Apley said that he just didn't want to record mayhem, that he felt as though he was still in combat, and that he is leery of firearms...Not being snarky at all, it sounds like he might have PTSD. Hopefully he is able to find a career that gives him peace instead of stoking whatever stress he might be suffering from.

16 posted on 03/01/2017 6:21:51 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Flag burners can go screw -- I'm mighty PROUD of that ragged old flag)
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To: Nextrush

I am not and do not expect much from Trump regarding the “federal lands” issue in the West.


17 posted on 03/01/2017 6:22:21 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ ("It's a war against humanity!" Donald J. Trump)
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To: mad_as_he$$

It definitely is a problem with having presidents from the monstrous population centers of the East or West Coasts.


18 posted on 03/01/2017 6:27:00 AM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: Nextrush
This BLM agent ("ranger") shut off his body cam when it was very important to record the confrontation.

Hope the jury gives this it's due consideration.

19 posted on 03/01/2017 6:36:29 AM PST by MileHi (Liberalism is an ideology of parasites, hypocrites, grievance mongers, victims, and control freaks.)
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To: Karl Spooner

If I were sitting on that Jury I would have made up my mind right then. I would also lobby every member of the Jury to Remember these Idjits are LEO. They have a Sworn Duty to America’s Citizens to follow the law.

His actions clearly were to hide the truth from those that would later question their actions/motives.

I’d tell every member that there is no way they could believe a word he said after having to admit to that fact under oath. In essence he willfully suppressed evidence that could have proved the accused of being innocent.


20 posted on 03/01/2017 6:37:52 AM PST by VRWCarea51 (The Original 1998 Version)
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