As the Oregon mob led by Ammon Bundy continues its armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge building, various reports have noted how the ‘militia’ appears to have an uneasy relationship with the local community. A Harney County judge is one of those observing the friction, and he apparently plans to send the group a bill for the security costs they’ve incurred for the community.
As the occupation enters its second week, the militiamen have been using tools from the reserve to take down the fence designating federal land, while also rifling through files and various federal documents. Bundy denied the reports that his fellow activists have touched building’s computers, but said their actions were part of their plan to return the land to the community and “expose many of the things that [the government has] done.”
Employees of the building have expressed concern that the exposure of their names could jeopardize them and their families. While the FBI hasn’t appeared to have attempted any greater engagement than to tally a list of potential charges, Sheriff David Ward spoke against the group in a press conference yesterday, and went over the security measures put into place due to threats against him and other officials.
Judge Steve Grasty also spoke at the event, where he described how the armed squatters have forced the town to amass between $60,000 to $70,000 in expenses to ensure local safety.
“We’re gong to send Mr. Bundy the bill,” Grasty told the crowd. He also asked that “No matter how you feel, do not bring food and supplies up to the refuge,” referencing how the protesters have sent out requests for sustenance since they began.
Watch a local report on the story in the video above, via KTVZ.
[h/t NY Daily News]
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