By Martin Hill
January 29, 2016
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.
An official FBI Press release from January 2009 announced ‘Ronald C. Ruecker Named Assistant Director of Office of Law Enforcement Coordination’.
Excerpt (emphasis added):
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller today announced the appointment of Ronald C. Ruecker as Assistant Director of the FBI’s 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 ofrecently, 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 IACP’s 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 department’s three Bureaus, and Director of the Office of Professional Standards. Mr. Ruecker was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon’s Homeland Security Advisor in 2001 and served in that role until 2004.
“Mr. Ruecker is a highly respected law enforcement leader who brings a wealth of experience and a record of accomplishment to the FBI”, Mueller said. “He will be a valuable asset in our continuing efforts to foster cooperation and strengthen relationships with our law enforcement partners.”
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 FBI’s 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 General’s Director of Intergovernmental and Public Affairs, the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Mr. Ruecker is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI’s 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.
Ronald C. Ruecker is listed on the official page of the Oregon State Police Past Superintendents page. He served in that capacity from 1999-2006. After Ruecker were Timothy F. McLain (2007-2010) and Chris Brown (2010-2011).
The current Superintendent is Richard Evans Jr.. It’s not that big of a leap to conclude that the current Superintendent and officers under him are also indoctrinated and trained in Israeli military tactics.
Evans’ official bio states:
“Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. was confirmed by the Oregon State Senate on May 23, 2012, as the 12th Superintendent of the Oregon State Police. A 25-year Oregon State Police veteran, Richard Evans Jr. started his career in 1987 with Executive Security before being hired in 1988 as a patrol recruit trooper with an initial assignment in Umatilla. He was appointed Deputy Superintendent November 1, 2010 and previously held positions as Major (Police Services Bureau); Captain (Office of Professional Standards); Lieutenant and Sergeant (Portland Area Command Office); and, worked Patrol and Criminal Division assignments at numerous locations including Albany, Portland, Central Point, and Grants Pass. Superintendent Evans appointment and subsequent confirmation followed the retirement of Chris P. Brown on December 31, 2011.
The Oregon State Police ‘About Page’ is here.
In 2003, the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau issued an official press release proudly announcing that their police Chief, Mark A. Kroeker, was travelling to Israel to recieve training from the Jews. Excerpt:
Chief Kroeker attends terrorism conference in Israel
January 03, 2003 00:00
Follow @PortlandPoliceOn Thursday, January 9, 2003, Portland Police Chief Mark A. Kroeker will leave Portland and travel to Israel joining several law enforcement leaders from throughout North America in the first ever conference on “Law Enforcement in the Era of Global Terror.” Chief Kroeker will travel to Israel as a guest of the event organizers. While en-route to Israel, Chief Kroeker will join police chiefs from several large metropolitan areas throughout the United States for a terrorism meeting in Washington D.C.
The major goal of this conference is to exchange and share information and to gain a better understanding of the current problems facing law enforcement agencies. Conference attendee’s will also participate in a simulated terrorism attack.
In anticipation of this conference, on Tuesday, January 7, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., Chief Kroeker will meet with members of the Jewish and Muslim communities, along with the Co-Chairs of the Chief’s Forum, to obtain public input and brief community leaders on his expectations for this seminar. The meeting will take place in the Chief’s Conference Room on the 15th Floor of the Justice Center. The media is invited to attend.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204