Did anyone really think that the State would allow people to stand up in armed opposition to them, point firearms at them, and then simply walk away unscathed?

The I-Team has confirmed that FBI agents have launched a formal investigation into alleged death threats, intimidation and possible weapons violations that culminated with a dangerous showdown on April 12, and the first people to be interviewed by FBI agents are Metro Police, starting with Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillispie.

Federal employees suspended their roundup of Cliven Bundy’s cattle, following a confrontation outside the BLM compound near Bunkerville. At the urging of Metro Police, Bundy’s cattle were released, but BLM’s new director announced the matter wasn’t over and would be resolved, one way or another. We now know what that means.

Last week, the I-Team talked with Metro officers who intervened to protect the lives of federal employees from the 400 or so Bundy supporters and armed militia members. Officers told the I-Team they feared for their lives that day because of the assembled firepower, and because many in the crowd had pointed weapons at officers, taunted them, told them they should be ready to die.

Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who was left in charge of the Metro contingent by Sheriff Doug Gillespie, told the I-Team that such alleged behavior would be the subject of a criminal investigation.

“The federal authorities are conducting an investigation and I am pretty confident it is going to go into the future,” Lombardo said.

“(Would there be consequences for somebody there on video tape, on a news camera pointing a gun at a Metro officer, pointing a gun at a federal ranger?) Yes, there is definitely going to be consequences, definitely. That is unacceptable behavior. If we let it go, it would continue into the future,” Lombardo said.

Some are claiming that no one in the militia ever pointed guns at federal agents, which is just simply a blatant lie.

Of course they did.

I suspect it was a small portion of the assembled total, but some of them quite famously did, including Eric Parker, who dropped prone and assumed a firing stance at the federal agents lined up ahead of him.

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This was kosher…
Parker from central Idaho aims his weapon from a bridge as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp near Bunkerville
…this most assuredly was not.
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If you’re going to pose with your rifle pointed at federal agents and then tell everyone who you are, do really expect that the government won’t come after you?

Did Parker really think he was going to level his rifle at federal agents, in front of multiple cameras, tell the media his name and have it widely published, and simply walk away? The government will have their “pound of flesh,” and Parker’s decision to mug for the camera’s is going to cost him dearly. How many others will face charges? Only time will tell.