On January 30th, 2016, News2Share requested information regarding the death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who was killed by the Oregon State Police following an FBI-led effort to arrest him during the Oregon standoff.
Today, the FBI formally denied the Freedom of Information Fact (FOIA) request, deferring to their press release about the situation as being “responsive to [News2Share’s] request.” Their release, while informative, did not include any the requested materials. The FOIA request included:
1) Any audio files recorded during the course of the operation that left Robert “LaVoy” Finicum dead. This includes, but is not limited to audio from any aircraft, radios, dash-cams, or any other recording devices present at the scene.
2) Any currently unreleased video recorded at the scene including but not limited to any dash-cams, body cameras, or currently unreleased aircraft cameras.
3) All written reports of or related to the shooting of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.
4) Any medical examiner’s reports, including autopsy, for the deceased Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.
5) Every photograph taken in the direct aftermath of the shooting death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.
6) Any other documents or emails relating to the events leading up to, during, or following the death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.
News2Share has not yet determined whether or not it will appeal the FOIA request rejection.
See footage of the shooting, which was released by the FBI without audio shortly after the incident: