Those supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy who may have pointed weapons at law enforcement during a showdown at Bundy’s ranch last month could soon face consequences.
Las Vegas TV station KLAS reported Thursday that the FBI has begun interviewing Clark County sheriff’s officials in what the news station describes as a “formal investigation into alleged death threats, intimidation and possible weapons violations” on the part of the Bundy militia.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie confirmed to KLAS that FBI agents asked him whether he saw Bundy supporters point guns at metro police officers during last month’s showdown, but declined to share what he told the agents.
Federal authorities with the Bureau of Land Management ended their round-up of Bundy’s cattle on April 12 over safety concerns. Hundreds of protesters, some armed, had gathered at the site to support the rancher. Those militias continued to maintain an armed presence on roads around Bundy’s ranch well after the federal authorities withdrew.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.