In this video, which was taken in the summer of 2015, less than two weeks after the Hammonds were sentenced to prison for ‘arson,’ Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents were recorded setting fires which destroyed private ranch properties and burned and killed numerous cattle. This video documents a horrendous display of cruelty and disregard for life and private property.
Video posted by Gavin Seim
Ammon Bundy explains the case of the Hammonds and their unjust imprisonment on specious terrorism charges. It was the Hammonds’ case which ignited what many call the Oregon Standoff, the peaceful occupation by ranchers of the abandoned Malheur Refuge in January of 2016, in protest of the extreme punishment imposed on the Oregon ranchers.
In this video, which was taken in the summer of 2015, less than two weeks after the Hammonds were sentenced to prison for ‘arson,’ Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents were recorded setting fires which destroyed private ranch properties and burned and killed numerous cattle. This video documents a horrendous display of cruelty and disregard for life and private property. What’s more, the BLM agents in this video were never held to account for the death and destruction caused by their actions, yet Dwight and Steve Hammond sit in federal prison today, serving out sentences for minor, unintentional damage caused by their own prescribed burns.
The agents setting fires in this video were being directed by Obama’s Interior Department, and then-BLM Director, Neil Kornze, a hard-core anti-grazing operative under whose leadership atrocities including Operation Cerberus and the Bundy Ranch raid occurred. In 2018 there is new leadership in D.C., and it appears that the voices of ranchers and advocates of private property and good stewardship are being heard, but more has to be done. It’s time for President Trump to grant clemency to the Hammonds, end their suffering, and free them to return to their families and beloved ranches.
Sign this petition: https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-pardon-steven-and-dwight-hammond?recruiter=33743653&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_message.undefined
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