The Cliven Bundy racist comments may be over, but the Ranch aftermath continues, and it seems as though the armed militia is wearing out its welcome. Bundy’s cattle has been left alone, but residents now wish they got the same respect.
That’s because the militia, who rose to fame when the Bureau of Land Management came to take Bundy’s cattle, are scaring Bunkerville residents. There are a bunch of armed people walking around roads, schools and churches. The militia have set up checkpoints on the roads, where residents have to prove they live there before being allowed to drive on.
Bunkerville wants them out.
That’s the claim Rep. Steven Horsford is making, both in a letter to the sheriff posted on his website last week and yesterday at a Democratic convention in Las Vegas.
Horsford also said on his site that his office has “made contact with appropriate federal agencies” about the militia. We all know what the Bundy supporters think of federal agencies. It’s probably best for everyone concerned if this problem is taken care of at the local or state level.
Meanwhile, some of the Bundys and their supporters have complaints of their own. On Friday, Bundy’s sister, sons and several supporters filed criminal reports against the BLM agents who tried to take Bundy’s cattle, accusing them of impersonating police officers, assault and threatening with deadly weapons. Bundy’s son Ammon said the BLM agents could go and file their own complaints against the people who threatened them.
The police department didn’t appear to be taking the Bundy complaints very seriously, telling the Las Vegas Review-Journal in a statement: “It is not our practice to take crime reports on law enforcement agencies conducting a law enforcement function.”