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(INTELLIHUB) — In the weeks since the shooting death of patriot rancher LaVoy Finicum and the arrest of Ammon Bundy, Ryan Payne, and others, numerous eyewitness testimony and independent reporting has completely debunked the notion that the FBI released unedited footage of the now infamous violent confrontation on an Oregon highway.

Amid a massive public outcry throughout social media, the FBI took the extraordinary step of releasing footage of the shooting and arrests just two days after they originally took place. Many saw this as proof that the feds weren’t trying to hide anything and that the killing of Finicum was indeed legal and justified.

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While the footage released by the FBI did totally destroy the claim by Mark McConnell that LaVoy had charged at police, it more importantly left out key portions of what actually happened.

In other words, the FBI straight up LIED to every single American by releasing footage they claimed was complete and unedited when we now know that there are key parts, verified by multiple eyewitnesses and independent reporting, that are nowhere to be found in the official video released on the FBI YouTube channel.

In key interviews done by Victoria Sharp and Shawna Cox, both women describe a point before LaVoy drove away (from what has been described as a hail of bullets) when Ryan Payne actually got out of the vehicle in what is believed to have been an attempt to put himself between the vehicle and the police about to shoot it up.

“Ryan Payne is amazing”

An outstanding report done by Lory Storm for KSDZ FM in Nebraska gets into the probable reasoning for why Victoria described Payne as amazing in the interview above.

“He did stick his hands out of the window, he did wave them, what you can’t see in the video is that the officer shot at him when he did that,” detailed Storm.

“He then got out of the truck fearing for the safety of everyone in there, including the two women, and posted himself in front of the armed men, tried to talk some sense into everyone and calm things down.

LaVoy decided if they were going to be stopped on the road and summarily shot at before they were even requested to get out of the vehicle that they weren’t safe…. and boy did he end up being right,” continued Storm.

For her part, Shawna Cox has done numerous interviews since her release from jail and in many of them she also goes over the moment Payne got out of the vehicle as well as multiple other key periods of time that we do not see in the “unedited” video released by the FBI.

We are currently attempting to put together a full timeline of what eyewitnesses claim actually happened from the time they were originally pulled over up until Finicum was killed and the others arrested.

What we do know now, as Lory Storm so rightfully noted, is the FBI’s claim that this is an unedited video is completely debunked.