Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 5:25 p.m.
Cliven Bundy’s family is urging his supporters to gather at Metro Police’s downtown headquarters at 10 a.m. Friday to file criminal complaints against the Bureau of Land Management, according to the family’s Facebook page.
“It's CRIMINAL COMPLAINT TIME,” the family wrote. “We believe that the BLM acted illegally. We have decided to file reports at the Sheriff's Office. Together we can take real action!!”
Officer Jesse Roybal, a Metro Police spokesman, said his office didn’t know about the protest and couldn’t comment. He didn’t know if anyone in the office had been notified or if the department was planning a response. Roybal did say the sheriff has and will continue to work with both sides.
The Bundy message distributed this afternoon listed 10 suggested infractions Bundy supporters could base criminal complaints on, including: blocking access to public lands, blocking access to public roads, assault and impersonating a police officer. Political reporter Jon Ralston was the first to report the message.
“If you witnessed or were subjected to any of the following crimes, please come and file a report with us,” the report said.
Supporters, many of them self-styled militiamen carrying firearms, flocked to Bundy’s ranch last month during a tense confrontation with the BLM on April 12. The BLM attempted to seize hundreds of Bundy’s cattle it said were trespassing on federal lands since 1993 without paying more than $1 million in grazing fees.
The BLM eventually released the cattle and withdrew its agents, saying it did so to prevent a violent turn in the confrontation.
Sun reporter Bethany Barnes contributed to this report.