Cliven Bundy insists it’s his land, but the government says he has no right to graze in the 600,000 acres it says is federal property. Bundy’s son, Ammon, was tasered by federal agents while fighting off police dogs.
The confrontation took place Wednesday and was caught on video by Bundy supporters and relatives who got into an aggressive- and at times violent- face off with the officers…
The week-long standoff started when federal agents swooped in Tuesday after Cliven Bundy, dubbed the last remaining rancher in southern Nevada, refused to remove his herd of 900 cows from land he claims has been in his family since 1870.
The heavily-armed federal agents, equipped with eight helicopters and backed-up by snipers, surrounded the Bundy ranch after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) attained a federal court order to confiscate the family’s herd…
[A] protester, from Utah, accused the BLM agents of ‘Throwing women to the ground, tasing them [and] sticking K-9 dogs on them’.
The claims of brutality have resulted in private militias taking up the Bundys’ cause.
‘That is what we do, we provide armed response,’ Jim Lordy with Operation Mutual Aid told the station, adding that he isn’t afraid to shoot.
‘They have guns,’ he continued. ‘We need guns to protect ourselves from the tyrannical government.’