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Cliven Bundy makes federal court appearance in Portland

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BURNS, OR (KPTV) -

A third member of the Bundy family is now behind bars in Portland.

On Wednesday night, 74-year-old Cliven Bundy flew into Portland International Airport and was immediately arrested on federal charges out of Nevada.

Bundy came to Portland to apparently try to see his sons Ammon and Ryan, who’ve been in jail on conspiracy charges related to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns for two weeks. 

Cliven Bundy made his first appearance in federal court Thursday, charged with a long list of crimes from Spring 2014. That’s when Bundy staged an infamous battle with the BLM, refusing to remove his cattle from federal land or pay more than a million dollars in back grazing fees.

When federal authorities threatened to seize his cattle, court records claim Bundy called on armed protesters to join him and take a stand, saying publicly he was “ready to do battle” with the BLM and he would “do whatever it takes” to protect “his property.”

Court documents say the situation came to a violent head after agents had Bundy’s cattle at an impound site and he allegedly sent more than 400 militia members to get them back.

Agents said there were “snipers concealed on the bridges above them with their rifles zeroed-in on the officers, militia gunmen intermingled with the crowd using the unarmed people to shield their movement, militia gunmen in over-watch positions on the high ground – the officers believed they were going to be shot and killed.”

To avoid a bloodbath, agents said they backed off and surrendered Bundy’s cattle. Officials claim Bundy’s ranch has been surrounded by militia camps ever since.

Just a few protesters showed up at the federal courthouse Thursday. Scott Phoenix from Newberg said he wanted to send a strong message to the whole Bundy family.
 
“Pay up. Pay up,” said Phoenix. “And quit encouraging seditious behavior. And we’re all part of the government.”
 
But Wilson Freimuth from Gresham came downtown to show support and let the Bundys know he believes in their fight.
 
“I believe that everybody owes it to themselves to at least come down here and let these people know that they have support and that they’re not alone,” said Freimuth.
 
Cliven Bundy is charged with conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, use of a firearm in relation to a crime, interference of commerce by extortion and obstruction of justice. He will be back in court for a detention hearing next Tuesday.

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