Sheriff Glenn Palmer said in a statement to The Oregonian/OregonLive that 'the government is going to have to concede something' to end the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. He said freeing a father-son ranching team from prison 'would be a start. Sending the FBI home would be a start.' He referred to the FBI's lead role in ending the refuge occupation. 'I just pray to God that cooler heads prevail and that no one gets killed,' Palmer said. The sheriff's endorsement of the militants' demands stunned law enforcement officials, most of whom would not publicly discuss the matter.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.