The killing of rancher Lavoy Finicum by the Oregon State Police made international news Tuesday, and in a very unusual move, the FBI quickly released the video of the shooting yesterday, which was filmed by an FBI helicopter. Finicum, whose final post on Twitter was a lovely rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ hours before his death, was one the passionate protesters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for the past several weeks.
Not surprisingly, the Oregon State Police and other law enforcement agencies across Oregon have been admittedly trained by Israeli military and have gone to Israel for training seminars.
[Related: Lessons To Be Learned From The Tragic Shooting Death Of Oregon Protester LaVoy Finicum – Even if you’re in the right, you have to be VERY careful any time you’re around our amped-up, Israeli-Trained police officers. To underestimate this grave danger is to your peril.]
The Former Commissioner of the Oregon State Police Department Trained in Israel.
Commissioner Ron Ruecker of the Oregon State Police Department is listed in the official document of Law EnforcEmEnt ExchangE Program (LEEP) Participants in the JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) Israel Program for Law Enforcement Executives (2004-2009).
You can read the document here.
Excerpt (emphasis added):
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller today announced the appointment of Ronald C. Ruecker as Assistant Director of the FBIï¿½s Office of Law Enforcement Coordination (OLEC). Mr. Ruecker replaces Louis F. Quijas, who retired from the FBI for a position in private industry in August after more than six years as the head of OLEC.Most recently, Mr. Ruecker was the Director of Public Safety for the City of Sherwood, Oregon. He is also the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and was previously the General Chair of the IACPï¿½s Division of State and Provincial Police. He served for more than 31 years with the Oregon State Police, concluding his tenure as Superintendent in December 2006. While there, he also served as Deputy Superintendent, Commander of two of the departmentï¿½s three Bureaus, and Director of the Office of Professional Standards. Mr. Ruecker was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregonï¿½s Homeland Security Advisor in 2001 and served in that role until 2004.
ï¿½Mr. Ruecker is a highly respected law enforcement leader who brings a wealth of experience and a record of accomplishment to the FBI,ï¿½ Mueller said. ï¿½He will be a valuable asset in our continuing efforts to foster cooperation and strengthen relationships with our law enforcement partners.ï¿½
The OLEC was established by Director Mueller in 2002 to enhance coordination and communication between the FBI and its federal, state, local, county, tribal, and campus law enforcement partners. As Assistant Director of OLEC, Mr. Ruecker will advise FBI executives on ways to enhance the FBIï¿½s working relationship with its partners and the use of state and local law enforcement expertise and resources in FBI investigations. OLEC is the FBIï¿½s primary liaison for the national law enforcement associations and organizations and ensures the needs and concerns of state and local law enforcement agencies are being addressed within the FBI. Mr. Ruecker will also be responsible for liaison with the Department of Homeland Security, the Attorney Generalï¿½s Director of Intergovernmental and Public Affairs, the Department of Justiceï¿½s Office of Justice Programs, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Mr. Ruecker is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBIï¿½s National Executive Institute, and the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He and his wife, Ann, founded the Oregon State Police Foundation in 2001 and he has served on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Oregon since 2007.