Lessons learned from the Ruby Ridge standoff - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Lessons learned from the Ruby Ridge standoff

Posted: Updated:
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

"A federal law enforcement official called it Weaver Fever.  That's what they try to avoid - this thing where something gets so blown out of proportion that people die because you're dealing with people who won't back down," Jess Walter said.

Protesters, supporters, and media from across the nation waited at the road block as information would trickle out day-by-day.

Walter, a former Spokesman Review reporter, says much of the violence could have been avoided.

"It's such a tragedy. You can look at these steps, Randy Weaver could have gone to court, the marshal service could have dealt with it differently," he said, "the FBI shouldn't have had those rules of engagement; you can look at those steps and see what went wrong."

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says the same extremist violence still exists.

"Case after case where we have put Neo Nazi leaning individuals in prison, one of those individuals wanted to take out three square blocks of downtown Spokane," he said.

Sheriff Knezovich is referring to Kevin Harpham who planted a bomb during the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade several years back.

"We've just been very successful in preventing the bad things they want to do," the sheriff said.

During the roundtable discussion, former Spokesman Review reporter Bill Morlin says Ruby Ridge was one of the events that led up to the Oklahoma City bombing.

"Essentially out of Ruby Ridge the modern militia movement was formed. It's two words 'Ruby Ridge'," he said.

"That was the early phases of it and now you have more and more extremism, I don't care if it's on the left or the right," Sheriff Knezovich said.

The sheriff says there needs to be more discussion from both sides, as wells as residents standing up and refusing the neo-Nazi movement.

"Quite frankly I think it's time for the everyday, mom and pop types, just say enough, we're done with you and make that very, very clear to both sides of the extremes," he said.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • One man dead, another arrested after shooting near Post Falls

    One man dead, another arrested after shooting near Post Falls

    Sunday, October 21 2018 10:57 AM EDT2018-10-21 14:57:39 GMT

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Kootenai County Deputies arrested a man for involuntary manslaughter after they say he shot and killed another man Saturday evening near Post Falls. Deputies responded to reports of a shooting on Gallatin Way near Post Falls just before 7 pm. Deputies and medical personnel arrived and found a man, identified as Tyler S. Liles, with a single gunshot wound.

    >>

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Kootenai County Deputies arrested a man for involuntary manslaughter after they say he shot and killed another man Saturday evening near Post Falls. Deputies responded to reports of a shooting on Gallatin Way near Post Falls just before 7 pm. Deputies and medical personnel arrived and found a man, identified as Tyler S. Liles, with a single gunshot wound.

    >>
  • PHOTOS: Family treasures stolen from Spokane family

    PHOTOS: Family treasures stolen from Spokane family

    Monday, October 22 2018 8:33 AM EDT2018-10-22 12:33:01 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies continue to investigate a break-in that happened Tuesday morning at approximately 8:08 AM. The victims say precious family treasures were stolen. "I stayed home for a few days after it happened," said Mandie Snyder.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies continue to investigate a break-in that happened Tuesday morning at approximately 8:08 AM. The victims say precious family treasures were stolen. "I stayed home for a few days after it happened," said Mandie Snyder. "I wanted to stay here. I wanted to stay here and protect my house." Snyder says their Ring doorbell camera captured a man lurking around their property and then kicking their front door several times.

    >>
  • Remembering Eddie Daniels: memorial held in honor of Spokane teenager

    Remembering Eddie Daniels: memorial held in honor of Spokane teenager

    Monday, October 22 2018 2:04 AM EDT2018-10-22 06:04:38 GMT
    Hundreds gather inside Healing Room Ministries Office at 115 East Pacific Avenue. Many attendees had to stand because the facility ran out of chairs.Hundreds gather inside Healing Room Ministries Office at 115 East Pacific Avenue. Many attendees had to stand because the facility ran out of chairs.
    Hundreds of different people from various backgrounds gathered together for the same purpose on Sunday: honoring and remembering the life of Eddie Daniels, the 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday night. Members of Daniels' family were also in attendance, including his mother. She's raised Daniels' and his siblings alone since her husband died over a decade ago, according to multiple friends of the family. When Daniels' mother arrived and stepped out...>>
    Hundreds of different people from various backgrounds gathered together for the same purpose on Sunday: honoring and remembering the life of Eddie Daniels, the 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday night. Members of Daniels' family were also in attendance, including his mother. She's raised Daniels' and his siblings alone since her husband died over a decade ago, according to multiple friends of the family. When Daniels' mother arrived and stepped out...>>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Vehicle goes over embankment at High Drive & 33rd, one person dead

    Vehicle goes over embankment at High Drive & 33rd, one person dead

    Monday, October 22 2018 2:56 PM EDT2018-10-22 18:56:45 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say one person has died after driving over the embankment near High Drive and 33rd.  The victim hasn't been identified.  Crews will be working in the area for the foreseeable future so avoid the area if you can.  The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say one person has died after driving over the embankment near High Drive and 33rd.  The victim hasn't been identified.  Crews will be working in the area for the foreseeable future so avoid the area if you can.  The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

    >>
  • Suspected 'Piggyback Bandit' arrested in Alabama

    Suspected 'Piggyback Bandit' arrested in Alabama

    Monday, October 22 2018 2:27 PM EDT2018-10-22 18:27:19 GMT

    FALKVILLE, Ala. - Police in Alabama say the Piggyback Bandit has been caught.  You may remember last December the man known as the Piggyback Bandit was spotted at North Central High School in Spokane.

    >>

    FALKVILLE, Ala. - Police in Alabama say the Piggyback Bandit has been caught.  You may remember last December the man known as the Piggyback Bandit was spotted at North Central High School in Spokane. That was five years after his first reported piggybacking. But his piggybacking days have come to a halt after his arrest in Falkville, Alabama this weekend.  

    >>
  • Gonzaga snags No. 3 spot in AP Top 25 preseason poll

    Gonzaga snags No. 3 spot in AP Top 25 preseason poll

    Monday, October 22 2018 12:43 PM EDT2018-10-22 16:43:30 GMT

    NEW YORK - Kansas is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll. Bill Self's Jayhawks earned 37 of 65 first-place votes in results released Monday. That was nearly double that of second-ranked Kentucky  The Jayhawks lost three starters from last year's Final Four team, but have a restocked roster that includes transfer help from Memphis and California.   

    >>

    NEW YORK - Kansas is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll. Bill Self's Jayhawks earned 37 of 65 first-place votes in results released Monday. That was nearly double that of second-ranked Kentucky  The Jayhawks lost three starters from last year's Final Four team, but have a restocked roster that includes transfer help from Memphis and California.   

    >>