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Sheriff Who Helped Talk Bundy Down Blames BLM For 'Escalating' Standoff

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"I think if anybody would look at how they handled the protesting with the use of Tasers and police dogs, anyone who had been in policing would question those tactics,” he said. “And I believe that led to the heightened interest and escalating the situation."

But he also pointed to Bundy's anti-government views as a major factor in the standoff.

"My counsel (to Bundy) was: You have no legal standing; you choose not to go to federal court and argue your case," Gillespie said. "But he would not recognize the federal government. So dealing with him wasn't making a lot of success."