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Retired Police Chief & Sheriff Flips Script: Calls for Cop Body Cams To Be Live-Streamed

Police body cams should be live-streamed. No argument. Full stop.

By Bernie Giusto

There has always been closely guarded and understandable resistance on the part of law enforcement to opening our profession to the public eye. It’s been a long standing tenet that what we do in public should be held close to the profession. The thought is that what the public wants to know should be filtered through a ìneed to know” screen.

We used to believe that law enforcement was only really understood by us cops. We believed we were the final arbiters and interpreters of events, especially those of great public interest or controversy.

That public policy is still the modus operandi. Unfortunately, it’s a presumption that prosecutors and the courts–the other major components of the criminal justice system– share and support. It’s outdated.

There was a time when the criminal justice system called the shots from crime to conviction–the where and when the flow of information to the public was controlled and calculated. The story was told and interpreted through the words and action of a system with a vested interest in protecting an image, and in fairness a concern for public servants. That doesn’t mean there was an unjust intent. It’s
just the way it was.

But now, the playing field, the equipment and the rules have all changed. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the police’s badly out-positioned playbook. And it’s the
police and their relationships in individual communities which now finds the profession mired in a lack public confidence and trust.

Social Media Fallout

The unrelenting onslaught of the use of social media and a profession poorly-prepared to deal with its result will continue to erode both confidence and trust in the cops.

Now, the story of the street isn’t told first by those who are quick on the draw with guns, but with the adept use of online audio and video. The story may or may not give an accurate picture as events unfold, but without argument, that becomes the ‘truth’ until it’s undone later by the facts of the event. In the meantime, and in real time, the damage is done and the ‘truth’ as told in the moment is embedded in the public eye and public consciousness. It’s not fair. Rarely is.

Police administrations across this country and political ‘leadership’ get blamed for the imagined offenses.

The criminal justice system is then ordered to ‘fix it.’

It’s time for the street cops to get back their reputations. To do that, they should just let the cameras roll. Real time. Real story. Let ’em go.

Police body cameras are only a half a decade from becoming a legislated mandate in many states in the country. It’s futile for police to believe that the outcry
for that technology as a tool in their everyday lives will somehow be a passing fad. Flatly, that will not happen.

The ubiquitous nature of street cop cams will eventually result in judges requiring them for evidence.

Excuses like bad batteries and poor lighting and ìI forgot to turn it onî will either become cause for unfavorable jury instructions, or prosecutors will be told by courts to dismiss the case for the lack of best evidence.

Go Live 24-7

But that is not enough. It’s time for a police departments with enlightened management, and a high degree of faith in the accountability of their supervisory structure, to take body cameras live and unedited to the street.

From roll call to end-of-shift letís go live everyday. Every moment. Every stop. Every call for help. Letís go tell our story in real time, streaming information to the public who wants us to be right and to support us.

Thatís right, a reality show like none other. It’s what the public pays for and it is what they admire about what we do. It’s also what they criticize but still support.

Will there be mistakes?

Hell, yes. Of course. Without a doubt. But to all of you who wear or have worn blue, or brown, or green, how are we doing now with the story being half-told in sound bites and half truths?

And for those of you who haven’t, what an opportunity it would be to gain an enriching insight into what you believe is the true value of a well-policed community.

Notice that I only mention the police in this radical change of public policy, no mention of the other part of the criminal justice system.

And here’s why. Prosecutors, defense counsel and courts would be in hysterics over such a proposal.


The idea that the cops would move to a live streaming relationship with the community as they deal with matters yet to be adjudicated and without the ìguiding touchî of the rest of the system is, well, to say the least, heresy.

It removes the blindfold from the figure holding the scales of justice and how can that possibly work?


But riddle me this. When the streets are burning in North Carolina,or Baton Rouge or Baltimore and the cops are taking incoming spit,rocks and bottles. When they’re being cursed in New York or assassinated in Dallas… where is the rest of the criminal justice system to support their image and protecting their lives and careers?

This will be a painful move for the police. In moving forward this way by informing the public in real time, there will be some individual casualties. What makes it worth the switch is that the public will learn truthful and timely information about the true value of quality policing.

And, can you imagine getting to watch on YouTube,Twitter, etc., the daily humdrum live-stream of one police officer helping a kid with a flat tire on a bike a ride home or giving a jump for someone with a dead battery? Soon, reality police shows would be old news.

But there’s a more important reason to bring policing live to social media. It will force the profession to fast-forward on the policy changes it needs to make to better hire, train,and hold accountable a new generation of police officers,deputies, and troopers.


coming generation is well equipped and internally hardwired to deal with the realities of modern technology and the instant-information age that cops operate in every day.

Right now, this next generation of our protectors is at a great disadvantage. They’re just waiting for a better grade of police administrations and political leaders to give them the tools they need to win the image battle.

Let’s just cut to the chase and go live, 24-7, and let the average American see what the average cop sees live and in real time. 

Bernie Giusto is a former Lieutenant and Public Information Officer for the Oregon State Police, Chief of the Gresham Oregon Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff.

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Rees Lloyd: Marine Murdered in LA — Where is Obama, Hillary?


“The 19-year-old U.S. Marine who was shot in the head while on military leave in South L.A. last week has died, officials said.”

So reads the headline and lead sentence of the ABC news report of September 20, 2016, on the death of Carlos Segovia, U.S. Marine Corps, only 19 years old.

Marine Segovia, was not shot down in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other foreign terrorist war zone in the heat of battle with foreign enemies of America. He was murdered in cold blood on the streets of So. Central Los Angeles, apparently by urban thugs or gangsters, domestic enemies of America,  terrorizing communities  and turning urban areas like So. Central LA into domestic war zones with mounting death tolls. 

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According to police, Marine Segovia, while home on leave from Camp Pendleton, was shot in the head, twice, on Sept. 16, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m., as he sat behind the wheel of his car waiting for a traffic light to change at 31st and Washington streets in So. Central L.A . The shots came from the car next to him, which apparently drove off when the light changed. Four days later, Marine Segovia was declared dead on Sept. 20, 2016. As of this writing, the murderers remain at large to continue on their murderous way, once again killing with impunity. 

This is apparently the new norm of “America transformed” under Barack Hussein Obama. Life is now that cheap and dangerous, and death so random, in L.A. and other American cities, even the life of a Marine who is living his life in service to America.

It is so much the new norm that, outside of local media reporting, the death, the wanton murder, of U.S. Marine Carlos Segovia in So. Central L.A. has not been deemed “news worthy” enough by the media  to be the subject of national news media reportage, nor media demands for action to stop such murders. The “talking heads” of television political punditry are not talking about the outrage of a Marine being cold bloodily murdered in So. Central L.A. There is no media outrage.

But, the most important question is not about just the failure of outrage or even concern over the murder of Marine Carlos Segovia by the political whores of the liberal national media who are  so willingly pimped by progressive liberals in political power from the White House on down. The most important question to be asked is: 

Where is Obama, Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Lynch, the Democrats most beloved Vietnam draft dodger, sexual predator, disbarred lawyer (for perjury) and Impeached President Bill (“BJ”) Clinton, California Governor Jerry Brown,  LA Mayor Garcetti, progressive liberal Democrats all, to denounce as an outrage the murder on South L.A. streets of a Marine home on leave, to pledge and take action to search out the murderers, and to vigorously prosecute the killers of this Marine? 

After eight years of ruling-by-race of the Obama regime, eight years of unequal enforcement or non-enforcement of the law based on race, eight years of refusal to act against urban gangsterism and thuggism and instead to appease, coddle, and make excuses for preening urban terrorist thugs who have no fear of prosecution and burn, loot, rob, rape and murder with apparent impunity, American urban streets are no longer safe, even for Marines.

Even the murder of a U.S. Marine home on leave draws no immediate expression of outrage from the progressive liberal Obama regime in Washington or the progressive liberal regime of Jerry Brown in Sacramento. There are no “executive” or other orders to finally take effective action against self-proclaimed urban terrorist gangster thugs from the government whose primary job is to keep Americans safe, at which Obama has been and is an abject failed President and Commander-In-Chief.

Obama, the Narcissist-In-Chief, the Peacock President, preened before his election in 2008 that “we are the ones we have been waiting for,” and that he and they would “fundamentally transform” America. 

Indeed, he and they are the “ones [they] have been waiting for” and he and they have “fundamentally transform[ed] America: The streets of major American cities are now of “third world” danger under a corrupt government,  where even a Marine home on leave can be murdered without a peep of protest from the same President Obama and Would-be President Hillary Clinton who are so quick to condemn our police, or our military if they should commit an act of political incorrectness even in war, and to condemn “white” American patriots generally as “racists,” “bigots,” or “deplorables.” 

The names of thugs whose own misconduct has resulted in them being shot by police are now household names. They are made famous, rather than infamous. They are made “victims” of “police racism” rather than racist urban thugs terrorizing their communities, perpetrators not victims of  crimes, whose deaths are decried  as “racism” by police and whites generally. 

The President of the United States aids-and-abets them, excuses their misconduct, refuses to hold them equally responsible under the law for their acts. Obama even speculated in one famous case that “if I had a son  he would look like” the black alleged victim of a racist, unlawful homicide. Thus, before any evidence was in making an alleged victim of racist violence one who, when the evidence was in, was shown to be the perpetrator of violence who  died due to his own violent acts. 

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More generally, Obama, the purported “post racial” president  further infamously observed  that non-Harvardonian, Yalean, or other Ivy League-educated white people are just backward, racist, bigots “clinging to their guns and religion.” Not to be outdone, she who would be President, Hillary Clinton, the Hillarybeast of Benghazi, recently informed all of America and the world that those Americans opposing her election are just a “basket of deplorables,” who are “irredeemable.” 

Why shouldn’t urban terrorist  thugs and gangsters believe they can get away with rioting, burning, looting, beating, knifing, shooting and killing, and murder of a U.S. Marine on American city streets  when government in the Age of Obama reassures them constantly they are but victims of racism and not responsible for their own choices and acts, and the media make  them famous as “heroes” to other thugs and gangsters by wall-to-wall coverage of their anarchic riots, interviewing them on national television in all their posturing self-glory as they riot, burn, and loot in alleged protest against “racism”?

Why shouldn’t such despicable cretins believe they can with impunity  stop at a traffic light, and open fire on the driver of the car next to them, murdering the driver, in this case a U.S. Marine, in an America “fundamentally transform[ed]” after eight years of Obama, and the prospect of more of the same by Hillary Clinton? They are but “victims,” after all, not to be equally held to the same standards of conduct as others. 

Here is a name that Obama, Hillary, all of those who are “the ones we [progressive liberals] have been waiting for,”  those “fundamentally transform[ing] America, and the media which is pimped by them should make a “household name” known to all Americans, of all races: 

CARLOS SEGOVIA, United States Marine, wantonly murdered on the streets of Los Angeles while home on leave from his chosen duty as a U.S. Marine to keep Americans, all Americans, safe from harm from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Dead at 19. 

May the God U.S. Marine Carlos Segovia served bless and keep him; may America and the Americans he served as a Marine remember and cherish him. May he not have lived, served, or died in vain.


(Rees Lloyd is a longtime California civil rights lawyer, veterans activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce)

Editor’s note: A GoFundMe account has been started to pay for any residual funeral expenses that the USMC stipend does not cover.

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When Should ‘Black Lives Matter’ in the American Criminal Justice System?

It is unfortunate that death on our streets has become the catalyst for our “angry” national conversation about the value of life in American communities. For any future policy changes addressing street violence, there’s always the tired and out-of-touch political non-leadership resigned to the misinformed position that by “fixing the police” the problem will be fixed.


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Photo Credit: Gerry Lauzon/Flickr Creative Commons


No other shallow posturing could be less accurate, carelessly shortsighted, or a more harmful to the desperate need for a meaningful overhaul of the criminal justice system. Political pandering about ‘reform’  is nothing more than dangerous inaction. This inaction continues to threaten the safety of everyday-life in American communities in the short term, and erodes public trust in the long term.

The criminal justice “system” that impacts equity and fairness is a system, less dependent on the actions of ethical cops on the street, than on outdated public safety policies and ‘broken-record’ political practices.

Think of it as a pyramidal maze where the marble gets dropped into the top and then through a series of twist and turns comes to the end and drops out of the bottom. The sound of the police making an lawful arrest places a person at the top of the pyramid. From there the roll through to bottom is the remainder of the criminal system.

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Photo Credit: YouTube


The undeniable truth, however, is that the perception is cops control the system. As if the entire system falls to the police who have little control of the maze.  The police unquestionably are the most visible part of the system. Yet, they often lose all influence after that life is subject to individual state and federal bail requirements, criminal charging practices, and court determined release decisions.
Sworn to protect and serve goes only so far.
Yes, policing in many communities in this country is in crisis of confidence. The most dangerous part for all, however, is when police lack community confidence and fear the loss of public trust. Without both there is a great risk to act not fairly and ethically at all.

Improvement is needed:

Yes, there needs to be a clear and renewed focus on accountability on a number of levels within police agencies and is an urgent priority.

Yes, policing leadership and the quality of many police administrations desperately require a complete overhaul

Yes, the failure of police agencies should be understood to be a clear failure of the unintelligent political leadership.  The real failure to Black Lives Matter and all lives begins long before a police contact drops that life into the maze of the criminal justice system.  

Sadly and unfairly, any resulting anger gets targeted directly at the police.

Really, the fix is in often before the police come into the picture. They’re the first decision-maker by virtue of the arrest, but have so little effect on the final disposition of a case. They’re left out on a the limb by themselves to absorb the anger of a system (that works better when you have money than when you don’t).


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Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

We need to completely overhaul the bail system in this country. States need to legislate new bail laws that focus equal access to justice. The net effect now is that a poor person is in jail longer than a rich one because they can’t make bail.

Here’s what that might look like. Crimes-against-persons wouldn’t qualify for no-bail, but property crimes without a criminal history might. Drug crimes for possession and low level sales would be a ‘yes’ for no bail.

We should also do away with certain charging enhancements, such as higher penalties for most drug sales within 1000 ft of a school as the sole reason for enhanced bail. 

We might agree crimes need to be referred to the criminal justice system. But the system doesn’t guarantee justice will be better served when those arrested remain in jail only because they don’t have a bank account that matches.

Yes, our poor excuse for political leaders need to shoulder their share of the responsibility for not only Black Lives but for all economically underprivileged lives.  

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Yes, we need to recognize that there will be no end to the guaranteed downward spiral of ‘stay in jail, lose my job, lose my car, lose my family and lose my hope for justice’ in a system that is perceived to be stacked against them.

Anger boils over at police because access to equal justice and a return to a productive life depends on the size of a law breaker’s bank account. Does that excuse the individual responsibility to respect the rule of law? Of course not. However, that is not the argument here. The point is, that the rule of law is not only about being arrested, it is about equal access to it.


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Photo Credit: Wiki Commons


If we have devolved to a discussion of “Cops” versus “Color”, don’t blame the cops  and dont’t blame our communities of color. The fault, and there is fault, falls squarely on those who should be smart enough and committed enough to demonstrate Black Lives Matter long before the two find themselves again with deadly irreconcilable differences –differences not always of their own making.


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Strickland Indicted on Gun Charges; Ham Sandwich Next In Line

Mike Strickland was indicted by Multnomah County grand jury on Thursday. The 21 count indictment alleges he “unlawfully used a” firearm and “menaced” when he unholstered his weapon and pointed it toward people on July 7th, the day of the Black Lives Matter protest. Another count of second degree disorderly conduct was added.

The indictment claims there were ten victims.

The Oregonian points out:

“Strickland was released from custody on July 19, after posting 10 percent of his $250,000 bail. He’s among 18 people who testified before the grand jury, according to the indictment.”

Victims are variously described as “a man wearing jeans, green cloth on his face,” “man in blue hooded top with messenger bag,” “man with tan pants … carrying an orange bottle,” “a man with tan pants … wearing a scarf around his neck,”  “green top, dark backpack, white mask on his face,” “a female with a black skirt, black skirt and black cloth over her mouth.”

A person has a right to face his accusers, but it seems in Multnomah County you can neither know their names nor see their faces — literally. I say that only half jokingly. There’s a reason their faces are covered. They don’t want to be recognized by the cops.

More on point, however, is that there are ten unnamed people at whom the District Attorneys believe Strickland pointed his gun. They watched the video tapes out there — probably right here on this website — to come up with their victim list.

I’ll be going through the video tapes as well to see exactly which victims we’re talking about and whether they were among the ones advancing on Strickland, causing him to pull out his gun because — obviously –you won’t hear that from prosecutors.

Prosecutors are trying to make an example out of Strickland, using him as an abject lesson on how you can’t defend yourself — even if you feel in fear of your safety from advancing — by using a gun. They’re trying to move the goal posts for that law to further clamp down on gun ownership and use in Oregon’s largest city.

As one of his attorneys Jason Short told, the burden of proof at grand jury is much lower — it’s a prosecutor’s world:

“This isn’t a matter of whether the state can prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That high standard doesn’t apply at the grand jury level. The DA has 100% control over what evidence is presented before that “secret” grand jury. The witnesses are not subject to cross examination. If the witness or “victim” has a criminal history, that may not be discussed.

“These charges themselves mean nothing without evidence being brought forward before a judge or jury under  a burden of proving that evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. Keep in mind, evidence that is “clear and convincing” is not even close to proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”

They’re throwing everything they’ve got against the wall to see what sticks and hoping that Strickland will cop a plea. I pray he doesn’t. He’s innocent.

On his innocence, Short told

“I’m very much looking forward to taking this case to trial. I don’t just believe, I know, that police officers believe he acted correctly and did nothing wrong. They won’t come forward for fear or being fired. We won’t have any problem finding use-of-force experts to testify that Michael acted in self-defense.”

These are serious charges carrying serious jail time should he be found guilty. Prosecutors are playing with a man’s life to further an anti-gun agenda.

Strickland’s in court today to answer to the charges.

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Watch This Guy Advance on Mike Strickland Right Before He Pulled Gun At BLM Protest

People have come forward to identify the man whom we believe uttered these words the day of the Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Portland:

“I Was There! I’m the reason why he pulled the gun.”

The gun to which he refers is the gun pulled by citizen journalist Mike Strickland in an attempt to stop an onslaught of people who were bearing down on him — even as he backed away in fear.

Image Credit: Multnomah County
Image Credit: Multnomah County

Strickland spent several days in Multnomah County jail on $250,000 bail all because he pulled his weapon in self defense against thugs, anarchists and black bloc rabble. They were the ones who acted illegally and Strickland paid the price for legally defending himself.

Strickland will be back in a Portland courtroom on August 5th to face four charges — two of them felonies — for unholstering his weapon in self defense.

And we have yet more proof of self defense.

Now. Who is this guy?

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Photo Credit: Screenshots/Google

We believe we know his name.

Story continues below.

See my posts on the background of this story:

Strickland Self Defense: Will #PDX Media Change False Narrative on Gun Case?

Strickland’s Gun Case Similar to Portland Case That Just Ended In Not-Guilty Verdict

“Self Defense”: Lefty Videographer at BLM Protest Told Cops Twice That PDX Reporter Mike Strickland Drew Gun In Self Defense

The Exoneration of Portland Citizen Journalist Mike Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals.’

Portland Citizen Journalist Banned From Portland Campuses That Frequently Welcomed Radicals & Even Domestic Terrorists

Citizen Journalist James O’Keefe Spotlights Mike Strickland Case

Strickland Isn’t the Only Reporter Threatened & Assaulted by Black Lives Matter Protesters

Protester Going After Mike Strickland Was “Black Panther” Calling for Violence & Gun Play Before #BLM March

Here’s What 4 Cops & a 2-A Activist Saw When They Watched ‘Man Pulls Gun on PDX Protesters’ Video

The story continues.

I heard one name independently from at least five different people.

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Photo Credit: Screenshot/Google

One name.

Benjamin Kerensa.

One person just sent me this link via email as an identifier:

Another person just sent me an email with his name. A website commenter wrote his name in a comment. Two others from Facebook identified him.

Kerensa is an open source tech acolyte who, when he’s not sitting in front of computer screens, apparently rushes people he doesn’t like at protests.

Here is the man, identified by people as Benjamin Kerensa, bearing down on Mike Strickland as he tries to back away from the smaller group that broke off from the main BLM protest. This was in an apparent attempt to hurt him and keep him from filming. Watch the man believed to be Kerensa at the top right of this GIF.

Photo Credit: Screengrab/Oregonian/Periscope
Photo Credit: Screengrab/Oregonian/Periscope

This video has been out there for all to see on The Oregonian website. The paper stripped this video off periscope and youtube accounts of the incident. But it wasn’t until I heard from people who identified Ka

Kerensa and told me he was in this video that I was able to connect the dots. See the part I isolated at :17:

Notice that the very second he saw the man identified as Kerensa coming, he immediately tensed and pointed his gun in his direction.

Why? Because the “big guy” roughed up Mike just minutes before. Read about that part of it here.


Here it is in slo-mo:

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Photo Credit: Screengrab/Oregonian

And they were all converging on him. As Mike told me:

“I’m watching the guys with masks with the sticks …they’re beelining for me…and they’ve got the sticks…and yelling, ‘Get the fuck out of here!!’ They keep coming at me screaming, ‘Get the fuck out of here!!’”

And then the man identified as Kerensa is seen moving around to come at Strickland perhaps from another direction:

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Photo Credit: Screengrab/The Oregonian/YouTube

Here’s another angle which shows the man identified as Kerensa waiting on the sidewalk:

I’ve held this post in hopes of receiving a reply to the email I sent to Kerensa July 24th:

Hello Benjamin,

Based on photos from that day, I see that you were there when Mike Strickland pulled his gun at the BLM event recently in Portland.

I had some questions:

Where were you in relation to Strickland when he pulled his gun?
What were you doing at the event?
Have you gone to protests in Portland before?
What’s your relationship with the protesters at the event that day?
Did you file a police report that day?
Had you seen Mike Strickland before that day?
Were you in fear for your life?
Did you exchange words with Strickland before he pulled his gun that day?
Did you talk with Strickland after he pulled his gun?
What did you think about the incident?
Did you think he was within his rights of self defense to pull his gun?
Did you hear anyone threaten him?
Did you see anyone threaten him?

What were your general observations about that day?

Thank you so much for your help.


He hasn’t responded.

Strickland has a court date on August 5th. If the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office doesn’t drop charges after all of the evidence showing Strickland moved in self defense, well, then the ‘rule of law’ isn’t really a ‘rule’ is it? In fact, it would be closer to a goal-line-moving enterprise solely dependent upon the political whims of whoever’s in charge.

It’s sure looking that way.

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When Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts ‘Flipped Off’ Reporter for Asking Her About Her ‘Buddy’, Accused Sex Offender, Terry Bean

While looking for other things the other day, I came across this 2015 video of a lefty videographer verbally going after former governor Barbara Roberts and Governor Kate Brown on the issue of their friend, millionaire Democrat money man and accused child molester, Terry Bean.

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Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

The gay activist and founder of Human Rights Campaign was acquitted of having sex with underage boys when the chief accuser failed to show up for court. Bean offered the boy $225,000 for the allegation to go away, according to the outraged prosecutor in the case.

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At the time of this video (taken during the Rose Festival parade) in 2015, the allegations were still top of mind for many Oregonians. Though the guy didn’t know who Barbara Roberts was — seriously, he did cajole her into this moment:

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Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

Here’s the whole thing:

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Strickland Self Defense: Will #PDX Media Change False Narrative on Gun Case?

Since the Black Lives Matter protest in which citizen journalist Mike Strickland drew a pistol on protesters  “bee lining” for him, the Portland media has done everything it can to depict him as something he’s not.

Strickland was freed on $250,000 bail one day before a bail review hearing last week.

Willamette Week insists on called him a “counter protester.” The respected weekly rag has made up this characterization out of whole cloth.  On what is this based, exactly? No idea.

Image Credit: Screenshot/Willamette Week
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Willamette Week

Strickland has been on the scene for years now as a citizen journalist. He will goad people into giving him a comment, but that doesn’t make him anymore a “counter protester” than George Stephanopolous is when he goads politicos with whom he disagrees to answer questions.

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Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Worse, both local alternative papers, WW and “The Portland Mercury” have depicted Strickland — a legal gun owner — as some sort of nut because he drew his weapon in self defense.

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Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Lefty videographer Mike Bluehair notes that the alternative media are trying to force this narrative with their own news boxes. He sent this video to me last week to make the point:

The Oregonian tried to make an issue out of Strickland carrying ammo for his pistol:

Image Credit: Screenshot/The Oregonian
Photo Credit: Screenshot/The Oregonian

What, exactly, is the correct amount of ammo to carry, Oregonian? One magazine, two, six? And, as long as we’re on that, please define “extended clip” and prove Strickland had one.

“Strickland had an extended clip in what appeared to be a Glock 26 that he swept at chest level multiple times in front of protesters and a plain-clothed Portland police officer, the prosecutor said.”

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Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Where is the “extended clip”? The world awaits your answer, media.

Of course, the mainstream news outlets find the delicious irony in a person pulling a gun at the BLM protest, locally called “Don’t Shoot PDX.”

I’ll tell you what irony is. Irony is at a so-called ‘peaceful’ protest the New Black Panthers held a pre-rally pep talk calling for violence:

I’ll tell you what irony is. Irony is that at a supposedly ‘peaceful’ protest, protesters intentionally assaulted Strickland. Where’s that cutline in the media coverage?

The media swallowed whole the story from a protester who said Strickland tried to “incite or instigate others” at the protest he was covering — when it was they who assaulted Strickland, frightening him so much that he was compelled to pull his pistol in self defense. Now, that’s irony.

The media certainly have their preconceived — and wrong — narrative that they’re wedded to. The real question is, when confronted over and over with the truth of this case, will they bother to inform the public or will they stick with their false narrative?

See my previous posts:

Here’s What 4 Cops & a 2-A Activist Saw When They Watched ‘Man Pulls Gun on PDX Protesters’ Video

Protester Going After Mike Strickland Was “Black Panther” Calling for Violence & Gun Play Before #BLM March

Strickland Isn’t the Only Reporter Threatened & Assaulted by Black Lives Matter Protesters

Citizen Journalist James O’Keefe Spotlights Mike Strickland Case

Portland Citizen Journalist Banned From Portland Campuses That Frequently Welcomed Radicals & Even Domestic Terrorists

The Exoneration of Portland Citizen Journalist Mike Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals.’

“Self Defense”: Lefty Videographer at BLM Protest Told Cops Twice That PDX Reporter Mike Strickland Drew Gun In Self Defense

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Strickland’s Gun Case Similar to Portland Case That Just Ended In Not-Guilty Verdict

Exactly one week ago on Monday, a Multnomah County judge found a man not guilty of doing the same thing a Portland reporter is alleged to have done on the streets of downtown Portland.

Monday, Mike Strickland will have his day in court as he asks for reduced bail in the case against him. Strickland has been charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors related to unholstering his gun as Black Lives Matter protesters charged him last week. Strickland was in fear of great bodily injury or worse.

See my previous stories about this case:

Here’s What 4 Cops & a 2-A Activist Saw When They Watched ‘Man Pulls Gun on PDX Protesters’ Video

Protester Going After Mike Strickland Was “Black Panther” Calling for Violence & Gun Play Before #BLM March

Citizen Journalist James O’Keefe Spotlights Mike Strickland Case

Portland Citizen Journalist Banned From Portland Campuses That Frequently Welcomed Radicals & Even Domestic Terrorists

The Exoneration of Portland Citizen Journalist Mike Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals.’

“Self Defense”: Lefty Videographer at BLM Protest Told Cops Twice That PDX Reporter Mike Strickland Drew Gun In Self Defense

At about 5:00 in the afternoon in October of 2015, Stevan Blagojevic was minding his own business on a walk in downtown Portland, when he happened upon an all-too-familiar scene.

Image Credit: KOIN TV
Image Credit: KOIN TV

Perched near the side walk was an apparently homeless man who decided for some reason that he would make Blagojevich the object of his copious amounts of scorn. Blagojevich’s attorney Jason Short told that the drifter decided he was going to teach Blagojevic a lesson and “kick his ass.”

The large man began charging Blagojevich — until Blagojevich unholstered his semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at him. The man stopped charging.

As Short told

“My client was in fear of imminent serious physical injury and he did the right thing. This guy could have easily pummeled him, punched him, threw him on the ground. He could have killed him. So, he pulled out his gun, did what anybody would do, pointed it at him, and simply told the charging man, ‘Back the ‘f’off, get away from me!'”

As he drew down on his would-be attacker, he ordered another person to call 9-1-1 and waited for the cops.

Short says that when police arrived, Blagojevich showed them his drivers license and concealed weapons permit. He offered to show his gun to cops, who said, ‘no, just keep it in your pocket.’ Blagojevich was not cited and he went about living his life.

But months later, the Multnomah County DA decided to file a charge against Blaogojevich. He was charged with one count of menacing, which in Oregon is a Class A misdemeanor.

That case ended last Monday, when, in a bench trial, Judge Jerry Hodson found Blagojevich not guilty of menacing. Why? Because defending yourself against a charging, menacing person is not against the law. It’s actually reasonable. 

This is essentially the same type of scenario that Mike Strickland confronted.

Photo Credit: Screenshot/Facebook
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Facebook from someone who saw protesters assault Strickland before he pulled his gun.

The DA’s office has already shown prejudice against Strickland by increasing the charges (see previous posts). 

I have one question: Will the DA’s office admit it was wrong and drop the charges?

And Mike has a question of his own:

“What I want to know was if I can’t use my gun, what were my legal options for self defense?” 

Let’s hope Multnomah County’s justice answers that question swiftly and in Mike’s favor soon. After all, the precedent was just set one week ago. And Strickland’s  attorneys are Jason Short and Chris Trotter, who just successfully defended Blagojevich.



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“Self Defense”: Lefty Videographer at BLM Protest Told Cops Twice That PDX Reporter Mike Strickland Drew Gun In Self Defense

A lefty Portland videographer, who goes by the nom de guerre “Mike Bluehair,” has told police for the second time that reporter Mike Strickland pulled a gun on protesters in self-defense. Bluehair told a detective at the scene the night of the incident at the Black Lives Matter protest that Strickland drew his weapon in self defense and reiterated the same in a follow up phone interview. Bluehair recorded the conversation which is below. 

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Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Bluehair has taken the most compelling video seen so far of the moments during and right after the Portland reporter drew a weapon and pointed it toward protesters converging on him. Strickland’s own video, which he says exonerates him, has been seen neither by the public, nor at this writing that we’re aware, by district attorney investigators. Strickland has been in jail since July 8th and will be in court tomorrow to answer to two felonies and two misdemeanors relating to unholstering his weapon at the protest.

The charges, which were increased at his first hearing, are being seen more and more as being  transparently politically motivated by anti second amendment Multnomah County prosecutors.

In one exchange, Bluehair even drew a picture for Officer Sarah Taylor on why Strickland drew his weapon:

Officer Sarah Taylor:  You don’t get the sense that he was out of control.

Mike Bluehair:  No, he was being very measured. … If you look at my video off to the left, you can clearly see a guy, seconds before he pulls a gun out –rather large black gentleman — drop a back pack and move in towards him quickly.”

Image Credit: Screengrab/Mike Bluehair
Image Credit: Screengrab/Mike Bluehair

And, as I’ve reported previously, black bloc protesters also came at Strickland with their flagstaffs.

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Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

Here’s one guy showing how they’re used:

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Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

Mike Bluehair also told Officer Taylor that others in the crowd felt Strickland was in danger too:

“Some of the people who helped Strickland feel safe, believe it or not, were anarchists. I have a friend that was in black bloc attire that was there that turned around and helped me keep the crowd from Strickland.

Like I said, I think he [Strickland] was feeling the need for self-protection, but I didn’t see what happened leading up to that. There will be testifying that I know about the situation.

I think he was being very measured and controlled in his movements. He put the thing in his retention holster, or whatever, when he felt that there was no danger.”

Strickland also believes that Mike Bluehair was trying to warn him before the incident happened.  I asked Mike Bluehair about that. Here’s what he said:

“I told him something to the effect of watch his ass or some such. I don’t remember the exact words I used. That said, I’m pretty sure his camera was rolling When I said that. People in that crowd looked more Agro than usual.Thanx Victoria for covering mikes story. I wish people would get to through their thick skulls that if we don’t stand up for mikes liberty we are ultimately eroding our own. [sic]”

Bluehair sent me his video of the conversation he held with a Portland Police Bureau officer. See it below.

He also told the cop:

“I can pass along the names of two individuals that saw the entire thing. And they’re both willing to, you know, testify as to what they saw.”

I asked him for information on the two and he demurred.

The officer on the call told Mike Bluehair that she was glad for his “impressions” of what happened but felt some of what he said was hearsay.  

At this point, I have to shake my head.  In court, the District Attorney used worse than hearsay — let’s call it derivative hearsay — to increase the charges against Strickland. She took the word of a leftist protester who was pissed off at Strickland over texts he sent. The protester labeled Strickland a “white nationalist” who sent him “possibly race based threats.” 

Because of the protester’s conjecture about why Strickland asked them particular questions about a previous protest, he was labeled a racist and the district attorney’s office used that hearsay to increase the charges against him — perhaps destroying his career and livelihood. Worse, costing him his freedom.

Strickland sits in jail on $250,000.00 bail on trumped up additional charges because someone got their feelings hurt. 

Strickland will be in court for a bail hearing Monday at 1:30. 

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The Exoneration of Portland Citizen Journalist Mike Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals.’

Citizen journalist Mike Strickland has spent the last few days in jail. Why? He unholstered his legally concealed weapon at a Black Lives Matter anti-police protest and pointed it toward those whom he claims had just assaulted him and were threatening him with more violence.

Yesterday, I talked to Mike. From jail, he explained that he had been assaulted by protesters with big “flag staffs” as he called them. This is what they looked like:

mike guy with stick

mike flags walking


Mike guy with stick again

And this is what they joked about doing with them. He’s simulating playing baseball — or hitting a “bigot”:

Photo Credit: Screengrab/Mike Bluehair/Bambuser
Photo Credit: Screengrab/Mike Bluehair/Bambuser

Here’s a summary of some things Strickland told me on our phone call:

There was an initial instigator of the assault on Strickland which prompted him to unholster his gun and back him off. He described a man who I believe might be this person:

mike big guy face

mike big guy with cops

If you know the identity of this large man please let me know at

Strickland was covering the larger rally up the street when a small cadre of people broke off and came after him.

Strickland told me that a few minutes before he pulled his gun (he thinks 15 minutes),  this man was trying to provoke him with taunts, screams in his face and calling him ‘racist,’ the usual leftist fare. Strickland kept his cool.

Strickland says he approached the man and asked to chat with him to “clear some things up” and “have a conversation with” him about why he and his friends kept calling him “racist” among other epithets.

But as he talked, the guy began to rough him up and the guys with the sticks came after him.

As Mike told it to me:

“I’m watching the guys with masks with the sticks …they’re beelining for me…and they’ve got the sticks…and yelling, ‘Get the fuck out of here!!’ They keep coming at me screaming, ‘Get the fuck out of here!!'”

You know what happened next. As we’ve explained in the previous posts below, Strickland felt in fear of great bodily injury — or worse —  from these guys. And, it turns out, there’s evidence to suggest that they did it on purpose in order to provoke a response, as you’ll see.

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Protester Going After Mike Strickland Was “Black Panther” Calling for Violence & Gun Play Before #BLM March

Strickland Isn’t the Only Reporter Threatened & Assaulted by Black Lives Matter Protesters

Citizen Journalist James O’Keefe Spotlights Mike Strickland Case

Portland Citizen Journalist Banned From Portland Campuses That Frequently Welcomed Radicals & Even Domestic Terrorists

Strickland says his back pack was full of heavy equipment and “if i turn my back on them to run, I won’t be very fast.” He was also afraid of turning his back on these people with weapons. So he backed away from the guys coming toward him. Mike Bluehair and a couple others tried to keep the provocateurs away from Strickland.

Now, let’s go back to the best example we have so far of what happened that day, Mike Bluehair’s video. Strickland’s video is still in an evidence locker at the cop shop. 

This excerpt from Mike Bluehair’s video shows at least one of the guys with sticks chasing after Strickland when he pulls the gun:

Now, let’s go to something that bugged me before but didn’t have time to chase down. It’s a statement on Mike Bluehair’s video of a guy off camera saying what sounded like:

Guy Off Camera: Hey what hap, what happened?

Mike Bluehair: I’ll tell you in a minute.

Guy Off Camera: No, I was there.I was the one who originally pulled the gun.

Mike Bluehair: I’m rolling.

Guy Off Camera: OK, never mind then.

Listen for yourself:

Could there have been another gun at the scene? Maybe. The Black Panthers leading the rally before the protests intimated they had guns, remember. But, I thought that maybe there was another explanation. It was hard to hear. So, I reached out to Mike Bluehair and asked him what the guy said.

Here’s what he told me:

“Interesting, I never noticed that before until you pointed it out. I think he said, ‘I Was There! I’m the reason why He Pulled the Gun,’ is what It sounds like to me. but I’m not 100%”

I asked who said it. Here’s what he said:

“To answer your other question I dont know if it was the big guy or not. I was wrapped up in filming what was in front of me at the time. F me! I should have listened to him and asked what he meant by that! I was too focused on what the police were up to.”

And, as he said on his video, he thinks Strickland felt fear and needed to defend himself:

“FYI I believe Mike Strickland was most likely acting in self Defense. You Can Quote me on that if you wanna.”

Ok, I will. I also asked Mike Bluehair what the big guy’s name is, but he hasn’t gotten back to me with that.

Now watch the full video (see it below). As Mike Bluehair trains his camera on the cops with that odd green filter, there’s no big guy. After the guy off camera made the statement about provoking Strickland to draw his weapon, the big guy shows up in the video. The voices seem to match. You can test for yourself by watching the video.

But that’s not all we have to go on for this theory of a provoked attack.

Another citizen journalist, Dan Sandini, who has been instrumental in helping try to get Mike Strickland get out of jail, received these odd messages from a person identifying himself as “P-Town Fawkes.”

Now, the guy could just be a crack pot, granted. But check out these screen grabs which state unequivocally that the the anarchists with the sticks intended to provoke Strickland. And also note, the apparent chatroom or Facebook comments which show them laughing about succeeding in getting Strickland thrown out of the protest:

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mike sandini fawkes more will come 5

And here are the comments from the chat room or Facebook page. Note James Peach’s comments:

mike sandini fb comments

These message say the attack on Strickland was “orchestrated,” and in retaliation for his work at a re- Occupation. Peace says Strickland had just been “assaulted” by the anarchists who “were tasked with kicking him out.”


Strickland will be in court on Monday. 

As Mike Bluehair told me,

“I hope the video leads to the truth.”

We can only hope that the DA drops these charges with prejudice in its supposed endeavor to ‘seek the truth.’ 


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Portland Citizen Journalist Banned From Portland Campuses That Frequently Welcomed Radicals & Even Domestic Terrorists

Jailed Portland-area citizen journalist Michael Strickland reportedly has been banned from Portland State University and Portland Community College — places where he frequently found material to highlight on his YouTube channel.

The Oregonian” reported:

“The two schools confirmed Wednesday that Strickland will not be allowed to set foot on campus if and when he is released from custody.”

The newspaper reports that PSU has issued a two year ban on Strickland while PCC’s ban in forever — unless he can convince them otherwise:

“Portland State is banning Strickland for two years. PCC’s ban is indefinite, but Strickland could appeal the decision. Both schools informed Strickland of the ban last week.”

Strickland, who’s in jail on $250,000.00 bail for unholstering his pistol and pointing it toward a mob circling him at a Black Lives Matter protest, wasn’t home to receive the missives. Strickland has been charged with a crime but is fighting the charges.

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Click for background stories:

Here’s What 4 Cops & a 2-A Activist Saw When They Watched ‘Man Pulls Gun on PDX Protesters’ Video

Protester Going After Mike Strickland Was “Black Panther” Calling for Violence & Gun Play Before #BLM March

Strickland Isn’t the Only Reporter Threatened & Assaulted by Black Lives Matter Protesters

Citizen Journalist James O’Keefe Spotlights Mike Strickland Case

 “Confirmed.” What an odd choice of words. ‘Confirmed’ in journalism-ese means that someone called and asked, ‘Hey, are you going to ban that guy now?’ got them to consider it and then circled back to ‘confirm’ it. 

School public safety officials are within their rights to determine who should be banned on campus and, indeed, have a duty to keep their students safe. However, one PCC official told “The Oregonian” they’d never had a problem with Strickland at any of their events while on campus:

“The college didn’t have any significant issues with Strickland at those events, Chester said, but he was routinely “pushing buttons” and made his presence known at certain speeches and published heavily edited* videos from the events that raised eyebrows on campus.

When asked why Strickland was banned from Portland State University the chief of public safety said:

“PSU Public Safety Chief Phil Zerzan said Strickland is not allowed on campus “based on his behavior — pointing a gun at people during a public demonstration.”

It should be pointed out that Strickland has been convicted of nothing. He sits in jail because the Multnomah County DA’s office increased the bail and charges against him in what many see is a political prosecution.

Self defense against a mob — exercising your constitutional rights — can get you banned from campuses. Campuses where, it should be noted, that Strickland found plenty of fodder for his website and his professional reporting work.

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Photo Credit: Twitter


Of course PSU and PCC have their own non discrimination policies in which they forswear discriminating against anyone based on all sorts of things. But policies about discrimination and behavior appears to be a moving target for the people making decisions in the ivory towers in the South Park Blocks. 

For instance, Portland State University didn’t shy away from embracing  the leaders of its International Socialist Organization, which crashed a Tea Party event a few years ago and proceeded to gay-and-race-bait the gay and black people present at the legal gathering. Indeed, when that was brought to PSU’s attention, they shrugged it off. In fact, they continued to give  the group office space and money.

Portland State is home turf for the anti-Jewish/anti-Israel BDS movement.

The university was set to hire pro-terrorist (yes, really) professor Joel Beinin to the faculty — that is — until a local talk show host and David Horowitz of the Horowitz Freedom Center started asking questions. The school is a well known hotbed of anti-semitism. 

Then there was in 2014 when Strickland attended the institution of higher learning’s anarchist conference:

In April of this year, Strickland and another Portland based citizen journalist “Daylight Disinfectant” reported on the paid speakers lined up to address the anarchists conference.


Some of the speakers at the “Law and Disorder Conference” included:

Leslie James Pickering, domestic terrorist – $1,000:  Pickering is one of the founders of ELF, and was classified as the top “domestic terror” threat in the United States by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March 2001.

Anthony Rayson, Communist, Anti-Semitic, Supporter of Hamas – $1,000.00: In this article Rayson supports terror groups identified by the U.S. Department of Justice, and expounds on his Marxist-Leninist ideology.

More recently, the PCC campus beckoned students to “Imagine a World Without Whiteness” which won it infamy in the national news. Who broke that story? Mike Strickland. It’s not surprising, then, that they would use the excuse of him being charged with but not convicted of a crime to get him out of their hair forever. 

And the school was watched and did nothing as leftist students crashed and took over a Trump rally:

There are too many examples of the duplicity and hypocrisy of these people to list here, but just head over to Strickland’s channel “Laughing at Liberals” and see the examples for yourself. Then you might gain an appreciation for how incredibly convenient it was for these same institutions to ban a guy who routinely makes them look so bad simply by holding up a mirror.



*Most, if not all, of Strickland’s videos are posted in their totality on his YouTube channel

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Strickland Isn’t the Only Reporter Threatened & Assaulted by Black Lives Matter Protesters

If what happened to citizen journalist Mike Strickland last Thursday on the streets of Portland, Oregon looked familiar it’s because it’s happened to other reporters.

Strickland, whose YouTube nom de guèrre is “Laughing at Liberals,” was filming a Black Lives Matter protest last Thursday in downtown Portland. Protesters included anarchists, Occupy acolytes, Black Lives Matter activists and — now we know — self described Black Panthers who called for violence at the protest.  The crowd surrounded the 36-year-old videographer as he tried to cover the event. 

Strickland has a concealed weapons permit. He unholstered his gun and pointed it in the direction of the descending crowd.

Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube
Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

After he sensed the threat was over, he re-holstered his pistol.

But mobs going after reporters isn’t new for the BLM crowd. 

There’s this incident in Ohio where some guy told reporter Brandon Blackwell: 

“I got 800 black people behind me. What the f**k are you gonna do?”

There was this incident featured on Bill O’Reilly’s show from Minnesota. 

This young lady person told the Fox News reporter that in no uncertain terms was he able to cover their event on public property:

And then there’s was the situation with Mike Strickland last Thursday. This time the intimidatee drew his weapon.

Strickland is the only reporter that I’m aware of who has ever defied the mau mauing mob by choosing to defend himself. 

There are some who believe he shouldn’t have pulled his pistol, but as you can see from the video nearby, he was deeply fearful of the crowd. And, in one of my previous posts, I talked with four police officers of various ranks, three of whom who said what he did was legal and the other said it was arguably legal. 

Strickland sits in Multnomah County jail on $250,000.00 bail because when he arrived at his first hearing, the DA increased the charges and bail. He’ll be in court again July 18th.

The District Attorney’s office appears to have sided with the thugs instead of a citizen journalist who was in fear for his life.

The DA’s overcharging and outsized bail puts all journalists and protesters on notice: Some people are more equal than others.