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Former U.S. Attorney for Utah says releasing Oregon video was the right call

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Posted at 6:00 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 20:00:17-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Former U.S. Attorney for Utah Brett Tolman says the federal response to the occupation of a Federal Wildlife Refuge is in the hands of a man who spent much of his career as an FBI Agent in the Salt Lake Field Office.

Tolman worked closely with Special Agent in Charge in Oregon, Greg Bretzing.

“He’s going to be careful," Tolman said. "He’s going to be thoughtful, and he's going to do things in a way that deescalates some of the issues and concerns that occur."

Tolman praised the release of FBI aerial video showing the confrontation with and shooting of LaVoy Finicum, one of the protesters.

He said the digital age demands transparency, especially from law enforcement.

Tolman said the video answers a crucial question: “Anyone that's empowered to use deadly force, are they using it appropriately?”