(Salt Lake Tribune) The armed standoff between Cliven Bundy supporters and the Bureau of Land Management grew out of continued concern about heavy-handed actions by the federal agency’s law enforcement officials, a Utah county commissioner told a House committee on Thursday.

“You may not be aware that much of the support for the rancher by everyday citizens may have resulted from a growing frustration from the way they are treated by local BLM officers,” Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock told the House Natural Resources Committee in the second of a series of hearings on alleged abuses by the BLM.

Police departments are acquiring major battlefield equipment that emboldens officials to strong-arm those they should be protecting. “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality” (Autographed) chronicles how we got to this point.

BLM officials facing an armed citizen militia eventually withdrew in April from a court-ordered roundup of Bundy’s cattle illegally grazing on federal land in Nevada. Pollock said the “bullying, intimidation and lack of integrity” by BLM law officers has led to a difficult relationship.

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