Metro Police has said the officers feared for their lives on that day because so many of Bundy’s supporters were armed and some pointed weapons at them.
“It's not a rumor. When we first got out there and made a left to divide I-15, that's all you saw. You saw kids and women and horses in the backdrop and then men with guns, lying on the ground, in the back of pickup trucks. We're going, wow, this would never happen in Las Vegas, but it was there. That's not a rumor. It's reality and I saw it with my own eyes,” said Sgt. Tom Jenkins, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Earlier this week, the FBI interviewed Jenkins and other Metro officers investigating the Bundy supporters.
Brand Thornton, one of the Bundy supporters, says he was the mediator between Sgt. Jenkins and the militia. He says the police are lying. Thornton admits he was armed with an AK47 and he doesn’t deny the situation was dangerous, but he says, no one pointed a gun at police or BLM agents.
"I'm not a violent person. I'll do everything I can to resolve things peacefully, but at the same time I have the blood of my forefathers in me," Thornton said when he was interviewed at the Bundy ranch in April.
Thornton is a southern Nevada militia member. He was never in the military and he doesn't live on a ranch. He lives in a Las Vegas apartment.
"Slept out there, on the ground," he said.
Thornton says driving 80 miles east to protect the Bundy family was patriotic; a fight over state's rights, the Southwest's food supply, and the Bundy family.
While many of the supporters were armed, no one fired their guns.
"Every one of those people had the same mind; we're here to protect the protesters and the Bundy's, we're not here for anything else," he said.
When he saw the I-Team’s interviews with police officers who felt threatened, he had issues with the statements Sgt. Jenkins made.
“He talked about someone saying 'are you ready to die?' No there was nobody."
Police told the I-Team they thought they might die.
Thornton says he never saw any of the supporters point weapons at the officers.
8 News NOW poured through hours of video shot by their photographers in Bunkerville and could not find any proof of guns aimed at officers either. There are still photos of one Bundy supporter in a prone position aiming his rifle from the bridge.
"He could have been easily aiming 30 feet over their heads so how are you going to prove that?" Thornton said.
Thornton was a visible presence on the 8 News NOW stories and he believes the FBI might be investigating him. He says he has noticed unmarked cars following him.
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