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Antifa Wins, Self Defense Loses in Oregon Appeals Court

First he was beaten by the mob, then he was ‘beaten’ by the so-called “justice” system in Oregon.

More from me later, but the Oregon Appeals Court has ruled against Mike Strickland’s self defense case after an Antifa mob beat him and came back for more at a public protest in July of 2016.

What a travesty.

Next step is the Oregon State Supreme Court.

This is what Mike is saying today about the disappointing ruling.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Michael Strickland’s response to the Oregon Court Of Appeals opinion.

Greetings! Michael Strickland here. Some of you may remember me as the
news videographer who was attacked by a gang of masked thugs while I
was at work, filming a protest in downtown Portland on July 7th, 2016.
This gang, dressed in black with masks over their faces and sticks in
hand, encircled me from behind, led by a 400 pound multi time federal
felon by the name of Benjamin Kerensa. They began to push and shove me
while shouting “YOU NEED TO GET THE F*** OUT OF HERE!” In response to
what I perceived as unlawful physical force, and further imminent
unlawful physical force as I attempted to retreat and avoid an
altercation, fearing that I was about to be beaten and robbed, I chose
to act in what I believed to be self defense, in accordance with
Oregon’s self defense laws. With no police to be seen, I was left to
fend for myself. I drew my legally carried firearm, pointed it at
several individuals whom I perceived as threats, and issued verbal
commands for them to get back and leave me alone. The mob of thugs
finally backed off, and they ceased to be threats, so I reholstered
without firing a round or harming so much as a fly. This was based off
of the numerous firearms training courses I had attended over the
years, included instruction from DPSST instructors, the same people
who train and certify police officers.

Everything that I did was in reaction to what others were doing to me.

I was the one arrested and charged with multiple felonies, while the
violent thugs who instigated the entire altercation are considered to
be the innocent victims. As much as people cite the 2nd Amendment in
my case, I think this is a 1st Amendment case as its core. Does a
person have the right to be in a public area, filming a public event,
in exercise of their 1st Amendment right to freedom of the press, or
does a gang of masked terrorists have the right to use physical force,
threats, and intimidation to prevent a person from being in a public
area, filming a public event?

Unfortunately for the community, I was found guilty of 21 counts,
including 10 felonies, for not wanting to be beaten and robbed.

Throughout the ordeal, I witnessed deputy district attorney Kate
Molina cite false police reports from prior events that were untrue,
lying to judges, in an effort to further punish me. During pre trial
hearings, Judge Thomas Ryan ruled that we do not get a change of venue
based on the untrue and defamatory things that Molina said about me
that were parroted by local media. Judge Ryan also ruled that any
mention of a prior event from 2015 when violent “documentarian” Skye
Fitzgerald had stolen two video cameras from me and body slammed me to
the pavement, shattering my arm and leaving me partially disabled is
inadmissible in this case, with Judge Ryan saying that that incident
does not play into ones mindset, which is untrue because it certainly
did play into my mindset. How a judge, or anyone, can tell someone
else what was going through their mind is impossible to ascertain. My
statements to the detectives were also ruled to be inadmissible, as I
had stated to them how the gang had attacked me and how I was in fear.
One of the things I was being charged with was “Unlawful Use Of A
Weapon” which has multiple definitions, and the judge ruled that
prosecutors Molina and Todd Jackson don’t have to state which part of
the law they were charging me with, thus leaving me with an impossible
defense because I didn’t know what I was defending myself against.
Perhaps most egregious of all was the fact that Molina and Jackson
claimed there were ten “victims” yet could only produce two of them;
the aforementioned Ben Kerensa and Malcolm Chaddock, who served as a
distraction by being yet another individual who was circling me from
behind, leaving Kerensa free to make a run up along my blind side. I
was denied the right to face my accusers. Judge Thomas Ryan also
allowed the DA’s to put on an ambush “expert” witness after both sides
had rested. This “expert” witness, Gresham police officer Ryan
Rasmussen, was not listed on any witness list. Rasmussen was not a
witness to the incident, but rather he was there to testify as to how
someone is trained in the use of firearms. Rasmussen has no experience
with firearms in the civilian world, has no certifications to train
civilians, and has never had an Oregon Concealed Handgun License. His
testimony was only applicable to how police officers are trained.
Furthermore, Rasmussen testified that police cannot draw their
firearm, point it at hostile individuals, not shoot, and then
reholster. Officer Rasmussen testified under oath that the only time a
police officer should draw their firearm is when they are shooting.
Rasmussen was also caught lying on the stand by claiming that police
do not use any sort of use-of-force continuum or chart, which is
untrue because he himself had previously referenced one such chart.
Throughout the trial there were multiple witnesses who lied about a
variety of things on the witness stand, including how many times I
drew my firearm (which was only once), when I had drawn it, in what
manner I was carrying, how many police were present, and more. These
were proven to be lies by the copious amounts of video evidence.

You can view videos of the altercation, including a mutli angle video
with my commentary, along videos of people’s testimony showing how
they lied, and some of the other outrageous things that happened
during this experience on my youtube channel,
www.youtube.com/LaughingAtLiberals . Victoria Taft has also done
several blog articles on the case at www.victoriataft.com .

By declaring me guilty, Judge Thomas Ryan has essentially ruled that a
person does not have a 1st Amendment right to be in a public area,
filming a public event, and that a gang of violent thugs have the
legal right and lawful authority to use force to eject a person from a
public area.

To make matters worse, throughout various different time periods since
I was attacked, I have been banned from engaging in numerous different
1st Amendment activities, which had the effect of banning me from
working. That’s right, I’m threatened with arrest and imprisonment if
I engage in what used to be our 1st Amendment rights. That should send
shivers down the spines of everyone in Oregon, especially other
members of the media. Not only is the 1st Amendment now nullified, but
self defense in Oregon is now a thing of the as well.

Since my actions were solely in self defense, I appealed the ruling.
My attorney on the appeal, Robert Barnes, cited all of the above
errors and more in our written appeal. The appeal centered mainly
around my mindset, since all evidence relating to my mindset, my
experiences, my training, my knowledge of how protests can sometimes
turn violent, and my knowledge of antifa and anarchist groups were all
ruled to be inadmissible. The “reasonableness” of me acting in self
defense is certainly based on all of those things. The reasonable man
standard must include the subjective aspect, what’s reasonable to me
with my experiences, my training, and my knowledge. We cited several
different case laws that pertain to these things and more.

Even the DA’s ambush expert witness was forced to concede that I had
properly assessed some of those individuals as threats and that I was
justified in drawing down on at least some of them.

Today, April 1st, 2020, appropriately enough on April Fools Day, the
Oregon Court Of Appeals released their opinion on State v Strickland,
affirming the lower court’s finding of guilt. The text of their
“opinion” can be found at
https://cdm17027.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17027coll5/id/26442/rec/1
. These are the same appeals court judges who have sided with rapists
and murderers in past cases over the years, overturning their cases,
giving preference to those who prey on the weak, leaving them free to
strike again.

This ruling legalizes mob violence. Applying the same standard, the
KKK now have the legal right and lawful authority to attack people of
color on the street and chase them away from public areas, and it’s
the person of color who is guilty of crimes if they try to stop the
KKK from attacking them.

What’s more, all of these legal standards of what prosecutors can and
can’t do and what is and isn’t admissible can be applied to anyone
else just the same. Now prosecutors can cite false police reports and
claim someone is part of a gang, when in fact the person is not. They
can claim someone is racist, or a child molester, or a bank robber,
when if fact the person is not. Prosecutors no longer need to produce
victims in crimes, as merely vague descriptions without names is now
sufficient. Prosecutors are now allowed to put forth ambush witnesses
after both sides rest. Judges and pre trial release officers can now
ban people from engaging in 1st Amendment rights, be it to protest,
engage in free press, or other aspects of free speech. Prosecutors can
now successfully move that all evidence relating to a defendant’s
mindset, training, and knowledge is inadmissible.

I have little doubt that corrupt district attorneys have been pulling
these sort of unethical stunts on countless people over the years.
These disgusting tactics are used every day to go after the poor, the
disadvantaged, people of color, those in the LGBT community,
immigrants, those with mental disorders, people suffering from
addiction, and more. My appeal is the community’s best chance at
getting these shady practices overturned.

In the appeals court ruling, Judges Armstrong, Tookey, and Shorr
erroneously summed up the circumstances of the incident by making
claims that: A ) I was open carrying at the event, which is untrue. I
was concealed carrying as I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. B
) That it was only four people who ganged up on me when in fact it was
initially seven, and that number varied as people were running in and
out of the scene, as seen on video. Perhaps they need to frame it as
fewer than five, since five or more people engaging in that kind of
behavior constitutes the crime of RIOT on their part. And C) They
claim that Kerensa got physically aggressive with me after seeing that
I had a gun, which is untrue, as I did not reveal the gun until after
he had begun his violent attack on me. Perhaps they are trying to
frame it as though Kerensa was the one acting in self defense after he
deliberately staged a fight with me that I wanted no part of.

All of these things were disputed during the trial, so I don’t know
how these judges are able to state these things as “undisputed” facts.

In my continuing efforts to clear my name, I will now be taking this
case to the Oregon Supreme Court for further review. I have no
intention of giving up this battle until the rulings are reversed, I
am vindicated, and I get my rights back, regardless of whatever court
I need to take this to and however long it takes.

I am available for interviews, presentations, and other appearances.
For your articles I hope you use this picture of me
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16FH1zlAFKAXTYkC4ePu_M5QYWGoEHiPt/view
or this one https://drive.google.com/open?id=1R42xs3Rn-0KSjda0xfGvRvpD19lQ972Z

Portland’s Antifa Hang Out Cider Riot! Goes Out of Business

The NE Portland Cidery that served as an unofficial HQ of Portland’s Antifa professional protesters is going out of business on November 10th.

The owner, self-styled “anti-fascist” owner, Abram Goldman-Armstrong, told Willamette Week in September that he was looking for a buyer, claiming that cider distribution was piddling out and that he was more than $800,000 in debt.

But he wouldn’t sell to just anyone:

“We’re not going to sell to racist scumbags, and I don’t think the other investors would feel comfortable selling to someone who doesn’t believe in equal rights for all humans. Political views don’t usually play a part in business, so we’re not ruling out anyone unless they’re really terrible.”

Since people like Goldman-Armstrong think that everyone to the right of Mao is a “racist scumbag,” you can imagine that it would be hard to find a buyer. And, guess what? He didn’t.

Cider Riot! unabashedly supported Antifa by allowing their customers to saturate members of Patriot Prayer anti antifa group with bear spray as they stood on the public sidewalk outside the cidery. Patriot Prayer leader, Joey Gibson, was charged in the May Day 2018 incident.

Nice burqa, ‘lady’

The group also produced a “black bloc” line of pro-Antifa ciders, which featured the group’s logos.

The Iron Front Flag, an Antifa logo, was temporarily banned from Portland Timbers’ games. Goldman-Armstrong made the drink to protest the ban.

KOIN News straightfacedly reported that the cider’s antisocial, anti-free-speech, antifa connections had nothing to do with the closure.

But as Willamette Week reported, the connections didn’t help.

On Sept. 18, Goldman-Armstrong put Cider Riot up for sale. He says he’s strapped for cash because of overly ambitious expansion efforts. But he says political clashes, branding Cider Riot in the public imagination as “the Antifa Pub,” haven’t helped.

[…]

“I think it’s ridiculous that we get called the antifa bar all the time. … Being an antifascist is just a normal state of being. I shouldn’t be getting credit for being against the fascists. That should just be the normal attitude of any decent-minded human.”

He said that being called out by the pro free-speech-anti-Antifa Patriot Prayer group hasn’t helped either. A May Day fight between a Patriot Prayer person and an Antifa belligerent ended with the prosecution of Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson for riot.

Goldman-Armstrong told Willamette Week that Gibson is the reason fewer people have come into the pub. He claims customers are afraid “these fascists” will come back. He is suing Gibson for $1,000,000.00.

His loss of business couldn’t be that there are anti-Antifa Portlanders who are sick and tired of the group’s violence and intolerance. Couldn’t be that.

Nor could it be the violence that started at Cider Riot and spilled out into the streets, leading to the murder of an Antifa member by an apparent SUV driving trio of friendlies.

Antifa members ordered witnesses and other allies not to speak to the “pigs” about it. No one has been arrested.

Cider Riot has been under investigation by the Oregon Liquor Control Board and, according to The Oregonian, the agency concluded in September that:

The owner of Cider Riot knowingly allowed his patrons to use “illegal weapons” against right-wing agitators during a May Day brawl and refused to remove unruly customers from his property, an investigation by state regulators alleges.

Abram Goldman-Armstrong and a licensed security guard who was working at his Northeast Portland cidery that day also are accused of providing misleading statements to state authorities during the investigation, documents claim.

The Cider Riot! owner says there will always be a place for the far Left communistas to meet.

For now, his place is going the way of the former Red and Black cafe, whose anarchist-communist (no, really) ‘workers’ refused to serve cops, (which we fixed a few years back).

After El Paso & Dayton Shootings People at Vigil Demand Government ‘Do Something.’ Here’s an Idea and it Doesn’t Involve Taking Your Guns

Following the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings over the weekend, there were sincere appeals to government leaders to ‘do something’ to prevent something like this from ever happening again. 

At a Dayton vigil, people chanted, “Do Something! Do Something!”

‘Doing something’ is a good idea. But what?

In Dayton, where the killer murdered his own sister and then proceeded to mow down eight others outside a nightclub at 1am, the killer was a registered Democrat, a gun enthusiast, and, according to what is believed to be his Twitter account, held “extreme left views.” He liked Elizabeth Warren, hated Immigration and Customs Officers, was a fan of Antifa and, in the hours before he took his rifle to a night club, ‘liked’ tweets about the El Paso mass shooting. 

In high school, he got in trouble for keeping a “hit list” of people he’d like to kill, a “rape list” for girls he’d like to rape.  CNN reports the police were notified of the kill list, but it’s unclear if the cops, school district or his parents did anything to treat his violent ideations. 

In El Paso, where the killer, an apparent eco-terrorist, reportedly left behind a manifesto about an Hispanic immigration “invasion” at the cost of the environment. He discussed the Christ Church terrorist’s eco-fascist beliefs in the screed he left behind. The killer’s murderous rampage at a Walmart killed 22 people, eight of whom were Mexican citizens. Reporters said the killings were motivated by “white supremacist” views, a motivation denounced by President Trump, but police don’t really know the motivation. The killer added that his views predated President Trump‘s. Weird.

The killer lived with his grandparents while he went to community college.

Authorities are labeling the shooting as an act of terrorism. 

At this writing, authorities believe that both killers bought their guns legally. That means both passed background checks. School officials knew about the kill and rape lists and cops investigated. Both killers wrote about their murderous ideations on social media. In the end, the government didn’t “do something” to stop these killings from happening. 

Who knew or could have known enough to ‘do something’?

In the end, the only ones who knew the full record and who could ‘do something’ were the people closest to the killers, not the government. 

When someone’s mentally ill, which these Leftist crazies were, somebody has to be able to get them help – even when they don’t want it. 

This is a tough call. I’m a civil libertarian. 

But instead of going after everybody else’s Second Amendment rights and forsaking the right to be safe in public spaces, let’s make it easier to evaluate people who appear to be mentally ill. And make the bar high.

That means that instead of coming up with ‘something’ to deprive law abiders of their God-given rights, families get the legal standing to get these people an evaluation before they’re loosed on the innocents at a Walmart in El Paso or a nightclub in Dayton. 

The killers held extreme leftist views. The ‘do something!’ chanted by the shocked and saddened crowds in Dayton should be a wake up call that evaluating severe mental illness is best left to those closest to the person – not the angry mob.  

Judge Crushes Berkeley Antifa Leftist’s Attempt to Hide Her Activism on Public Time.

We first saw Yvette Felarca attacking a guy who came to hear Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley in February of 2017. Before the night was over Antifa and BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) had started fires, caused violence and shut down the speech by the controversial social commentator.

Felarca leading the mob attacked on this guy.

She’d created quite a name for herself in the official Leftist thugocracy as noted here by the conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch:

“Felarca is a prominent figure in By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), a group founded by the Marxist Revolutionary Workers League that protests conservative speaking engagements. In 2016, Felarca and two of her allies were arrested and charged with several crimes, including felony assault, for inciting a riot in Sacramento. Earlier this year, Felarca was ordered to stand trial for assault.”

Worse, we learned that the diminutive street thug was actually a paid government employee working as a middle school teacher!

That’s when Judicial Watch sought legally available public records on the teacher from the Berkeley Unified School District:

“Felarca had sued the BUSD in federal court to keep the school district from fulfilling its legal obligation to provide Judicial Watch with records of their communications mentioning: Felarca, Antifa, and/or BAMN. Judicial Watch also asked for Felarca’s personnel file.”

Felarca sued to block the school district from giving over the legal records and lost. Big.

“U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, Northern District of California, who had previously ruled that Felarca’s lawsuit was “entirely frivolous,” wrote in his ruling awarding legal fees to Judicial Watch that Felarca and her co-plaintiffs’ First Amendment claims were “premised on the obviously baseless assumption” that the First Amendment condemns the speech of some while condoning the ideological missions of others.”

The teacher, who apparently didn’t know that the First Amendment applied to all Americans, even people with whom her highness disagrees, not only had her lawsuit thrown out, she was ordered to pay all of Judicial Watch’s court costs and legal fees.

“Yvette Felarca, a middle school teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), and two co-plaintiffs were ordered to pay Judicial Watch $22,000 in attorney’s fees and $4,000 in litigation costs.

Judge Chhabria added that “The plaintiffs also mischaracterized the documents under review” [shocker] and that the plaintiffs “failed to grapple with the role Ms. Felarca played in making herself a topic of public discourse through her physical conduct at public rallies and her voluntary appearance on Fox News.

Along with Felarca’s $20,000 payment, co-plaintiffs Lori Nixon and Larry Stefl were ordered by Judge Chhabria to pay Judicial Watch $1,000 each (Yvette Felarca, et al., v. Berekely Unified School District, et al. (No. 3:17-cv-06282-VC)).

Judicial Watch is entitled to attorney’s fees because the plaintiffs’ lawsuit was frivolous, and their litigation conduct was unreasonable,” Judge Chhabria wrote in his order.”

The humorless woman who claimed that people on the right, such as Yiannopoulos, with whom she disagreed were “fascists,” “killers” who believed in “genocide” and said that the gay and (born) Jewish Yiannapoulos was a homophobic genocidal man bent on another “holocaust” and didn’t have the right to speak.

“This is a huge victory for Judicial Watch against Antifa and the violent left,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “Ms. Felarca attacked Judicial Watch without basis and the court was right to reject her ploy to deny our ‘right to know’ because we don’t share her violent left views.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=602&v=6Lley84Wrck\

Thanks Judicial Watch for once again showing the way.

Here’s Why the Imam of Portland, Or. Jihadi Terrorist Factory Got Kicked Out of the Country

The Imam of the Islamic Center of Portland, Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, has been stripped of his citizenship and booted from the United States.

Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, imam of the Islamic Center of Portland, aka Masjed As-Saber (Mosque of the Sword)

Kariye has been on the Department of Homeland Security “no fly list” since after 9/11. Local terrorist defense lawyers have been fighting to get him off the list since. But it appears that the imam’s track record was simply too much for the feds to ignore.


It sure took long enough. The name “mosque of the sword” is like a blinking neon sign.

Kariye presided over the radical Islamist teachings at the Masjed As-Saber mosque and, according to court documents and first hand accounts, he encouraged violent jihad, financially helped people who wanted to join the mujahideen and sent them to Afghanistan and elsewhere for weapons and tactical training.

Kariye was shown to have fraudulently applied for citizenship. His citizenship was stripped and he was ordered out of the country. He’s in “Somaliland” as we speak.

How it took this long to boot this thug from the U.S. is a wonder, but chalk it up to the law fare crowd in Portland whose legal parrying prolonged his stay. This terrorist bar also defended Gitmo detainees and Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the Portland Christmas tree bomber.

The evidence of violent jihad emanating from this mosque couldn’t be clearer. In his federal terrorism trial in Portland, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the Christmas tree bomber, raved about the mosque in an email, “It’s cool. Saber or something. Yeah, Saber. It’s legit.” Mohamud had attended the mosque as a public school student. He also attended a Muslim Brotherhood-connected mosque during his stint at Oregon State University.

Mohamud wrote for both Inspire Magazine and Jihad Recollections

The young man who wrote for two jihadi magazines and twice tried to detonate his hand built bomb that would flatten two square blocks of downtown Portland – killing thousands of Christians at a Christmas tree lighting – knew the mosque he’d prayed at as a junior high student was a “legit” place to hear about violent jihad.

He wasn’t the only one. Kariye’s mosque produced the so-called “Portland 7,” a clan of extremist Muslim fundamentalists who raised money to travel overseas to train and fight American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Six of the “Portland 7” Terror Cell from Masjed As-Saber

The FBI says Kariye and members of the mosque provided money for their terror trip.

One of the Portland 7 bagmen was Maher Hawash, who it might interest you to know was a former acquaintance of mine (our kids went to school together) in his pre-jihadi days. I and most others knew him as “Mike,” a name he abandoned as he became more radical. He too was a Masjed as-Saber member and is doing time in federal prison for his complicity in the case.

Maher “Mike” Hawash, jihadi bagman of the Portland 7

The FBI also contended that Kariye had direct connections with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda connected groups. But the imam has been in the U.S. fomenting violence for the nearly 20 years since he came on the FBI/DHS radar.

But that’s not the end of the story. Oregon is a hotbed of all kinds terror activity.

A nine-year federal investigation busted an Eco and Animal terrorist group called “The Family” that spearheaded terror activities from Vail, Colorado, San Diego, Eugene and Portland.

A torched ski lodge in Vail, Colorado

The Bly, Oregon jihadi training camp was attended by “carloads of terrorists” from all over the world, but those details were downplayed by the local press.

Details of Bly, Oregon’s jihadi training camp came out in the trial of the notorious imam Abu Hamza al-Masri of Finsbury Park mosque in London

A Portland Water Bureau employee was busted for supporting jihad.

An Ashland “charity” Al Haramain funneled money to jihadist Chechen rebels.

Two businesses selling fur and outer wear were attacked by violent protesters who drove one out of business. They drove a restaurant out of business for serving foie gras.

Protesters picketed, threatened and targeted scientists conducting animal research.

White nationalist groups also call parts of the area ‘home.’

The list goes on.

This is the ‘progressive’ town after all that indulges lawlessness of all kinds – even from designated terrorist groups. It gives a pass to Antifa, its Anarchist brethren, animal rights terrorists who drive out businesses and threaten and carry out violence.

Victims of the violence often lose in court to the violent protesters because of far left jurors, prosecutors and judges. Even on the federal bench/bar.

As I’ve chronicled for many years now Portland has turned into a lawless petri dish. The only thing shocking about this case is that the imam got booted at all.

Portland Police Announce Results of Investigation Into Death Threats by Antifa Against Victoria Taft

“We are always watching you.”

“Think about what your [sic] doing and the possible consequences.”

Sure, it could be nothing but bluster and fluff, but Antifa has never shown anyone it’s soft and fuzzy side. Now we’re being patted on the head and told it’s going to be alright because these (and other) threats against me and other people on the right by people representing themselves as Antifa are too “vague” and are “common.”

After having been intimidated and threatened in person and in writing by people in Antifa, I asked the Portland Police Bureau to add my name to the undoubtedly growing list of people threatened, assaulted and violated by the group the feds refer to as domestic terrorists.

But in Portland, domestic terrorists get a pass.

We’ve seen this in the way Mayor Ted Wheeler has framed his ordinance to crack down on protesters, blaming Antifa violence on the right.

On Thursday, I got an email back from a Portland Police Bureau investigator who shall remain nameless because of the doxxing, threats, vandalism and violence done to other cops, ICE officers and city officials (looking at you, Ted Wheeler) by the Leftist Portland Professional Protesters and their shock troops, Antifa.

I’m being told in essence that I must rely upon the good will and good behavior of Antifa not to kill, assault or doxx me.

How comforting.

Here’s part of the message:

 “Through our investigation we discovered that politically motivated indirect online threats are a common tactic used by Antifa to intimidate, and that steps are taken to assure the person sending the messages remains anonymous.

Our primary concern was to determine if state or federal law was broken and if there was any legitimacy to the threat. Our conclusion was that there wasn’t enough evidence to support criminal charges and we didn’t find corroborating information to substantiate an imminent targeted attack against you.”

There’s more, which I’ll lay out in another post this weekend, but the official response doesn’t inspire confidence, let’s just put it at that.

I did have some responses for the official which I put in an email back to him:

  • “This appears to mean that PPB is either unequipped or has no desire to bring in the forensic experts necessary to track down who’s making these threats even though they are “common.” If they’re “common” that means they need to be stopped and that there is more than one victim. They can be tracked down.”
  • “It may take the FBI to do it, but why not bring them in to investigate? Antifa is a national organization possessing what appear to be franchises – cells – in many cities, including Portland. As such they are a continuing criminal enterprise and subject to federal jurisdiction as well since they are considered a domestic terror group. Are you being allowed to work with the Feds or has Portland pulled out of the JTTF again?”
  • “I gather that Antifa will have to actually follow through on one of their threats of harm before anything can and will be done.”
  • “[W]hat is the state-of-play on self-defense in Multnomah County now? Is it what it used to be in that if you were physically threatened you could defend yourself? Or is it the Mike Strickland rule, wherein you could have many people conspire to assault you (as proven in court), converge en masse, and then, if you pull a weapon to ward them off with no shots fired, you’re the one in violation of the law? “
  • What is the expectation of law abiding Portlanders if they try to defend themselves against what the feds call a domestic terrorist organization?”

The only conclusion we can come to at this point is that Portlanders are on their own. The City won’t enforce the law against law breakers only people who defend themselves against Antifa.

Portland has a mayor, but look who’s really in charge.