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Portland’s Protester Culture Just Got More Surreal After Strickland Attacker Ben Kerensa’s Latest (Hypocritical) Move

The story of Ben Kerensa, the loutish and violent Antifa activist who conspired with others to attack citizen journalist Mike Strickland to violently prevent him from filming a Don’t Shoot Portland/Black Lives Matter protest in 2016, has taken yet another – ironic – turn.

You’ll recall that Strickland was attacked by ‘protesters’ who, according to court testimony, conspired to confront and attack the successful YouTuber who kept a close and skeptical eye on Portland’s protest culture.

Strickland covered Portland’s Professional Protesters, Inc.™* for years without incident. On July 7, 2016, however, activists decided Strickland needed to go. They surrounded Strickland and hit him with, among other things, Antifa flag sticks to harm and intimidate him and push him away from the protest. Kerensa led this effort.

Strickland filmed throughout the attack and afterwards. When multiple activists came back to attack him again, Strickland, a licensed conceal/carry permit holder, drew his pistol. No shots were fired and no one else, except Strickland, was hurt. Strickland, a well-trained gun owner, showed a poised discipline and never let his finger get close to the trigger. For defending himself against a band of thugs bent on stopping him from performing a First-Amendment-protected activity, Strickland was arrested, jailed and convicted for drawing his weapon. His case is on appeal.

Four months later – four months! –  and mere days after the days’ long violent anti-Trump protests seen on national news,  yet another nation-wide, orchestrated ‘protest’ was planned in Portland concerning the Dakota Pipeline.

Kerensa was filming the protest that day and was told by a Portland Police sergeant that it was illegal to film a cop. That’s patently untrue and Kerensa knew it. He filed a complaint against the sergeant.  Though cops are allowed to lie to the public – what, you didn’t know that? – the officer, who claimed he lied to de-escalate the protest, an understandable move after an avalanche of violent protests, was found to have to have violated the spirit of truthiness (or something) required by the Citizens Oversight Board. In January of 2018, the ironically-named Police Chief, Danielle Outlaw, ratified the findings of the Board.

Now comes December 2018 and the Portland Police Citizens Review Committee, having taken none of the violent protest history into consideration, voted to sustain Kerensa’s complaint against the sergeant. The Oregonian reported:

Committee members said they were perplexed by the captain’s reasoning for her finding, even though Sgt. Erin Smith acknowledged he misrepresented the law to get protester Benjamin Kerensa to stop videotaping him during a Nov. 30, 2016 demonstration in front of fuel storage facilities in Northwest Portland over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Kerensa, who is thought by activists to be a police ‘snitch,’  said he had every right to film the protest:

“I had the constitutional right to film the police. There’s no circumstances [sic] where an officer should be allowed to infringe on First Amendment rights.’’

It is a First Amendment protected activity to film protests, something Kerensa violently ignored only four months before.

But, just as Portland Judge Thomas Ryan did before in the Strickland case, the Review Committee ignored reality to take the word of an Antifa thug, bomb hoaxer, police impersonator and violent felon over the word of a cop, whose job we thought was to protect people from violent people like Benjamin Kerensa.

Let’s leave the Committee’s idiocy aside for a second and go to my main point of this post.  The ironic and retch-inducing cant of this thug cannot be overstated. Four months after he attacked Strickland for filming a protest and violently deprived him of his First Amendment rights, Kerensa himself was filming a protest and piously stood on the Constitution for his right to film a protest and a cop.

One got the support of Portland leadership. The other didn’t.

Strickland was jailed for defending himself against a Kerensa-led violent mob bent on beating him again.  Kerensa is viewed as some sort of freedom fighter and is embraced by the ACLU (which never lifted a finger to help Strickland).

Only in Portland.

 

Editor’s note:

As I’ve chronicled here and will continue to do, Kerensa’s bizarre attempts to reinvent himself into a public do-gooder reveal him as a fabulist and dangerous man. Now the convicted bomb threat hoaxer, hacker, thug and police and FBI impersonator has reinvented himself into a practicing Muslim.

*sarcasm

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.

 

Here Are 12 Quick Take-Aways From Portland ‘Man Versus Antifa’ Case in Oregon Appeals Court

What are the stakes in the Mike Strickland versus Antifa case out of Portland, Oregon?

The City of Portland, prosecutors, police and judiciary have, so far, sided with Antifa protesters over Strickland, a videographer whose job it was to chronicle the radical mob which has preyed upon Portlanders for years.

As I explained here:

“Before they chased old men in cars and canceled parades; before Ann Coulter, Ben Shapiro, Milo Yianoppolous and Charles Murray were silenced by mob violence; before Professional Paid Protesters, Incorporated™ screamed at Senators, overturned cars or set a ‘deplorable’s’ limo on fire; there was Michael Strickland.
Strickland is believed to be Antifa’s ‘victim zero.‘”

The videographer and concealed carry permit holder was covering a Don’t Shoot Portland/Black Lives Matter protest on July 7, 2016.  Strickland was surrounded and beaten by the Antifa mob (read about their conspiracy to do so here) and when they couldn’t bully him out of the protest on public property, the mob came back to finish him off.  I reported  on the clash: 

“Strickland drew his licensed concealed handgun that Antifa knew he had (I know, I asked), a Glock semi automatic pistol. Strickland, showing amazing trigger discipline – never allowing his finger to come close to the trigger – held off his attackers as he backed away from the mob. To be clear,  Strickland was the only person hurt that day. No shots were ever fired.”

One question remains: Is the judiciary  even aware of the violence and vandalism perpetrated by a group that the Department of Homeland Security has designated a domestic terrorist group?

Strickland’s attorney, Robert Barnes, worries that they have no clue, telling VictoriaTaft.com and others on Friday:

“The judges haven’t ‘got’ what’s happening – the Judiciary as a branch. The judicial branch hasn’t figured out – other than Justice Brett Kavanaugh experiencing it personally – the rest of the judicial branch hasn’t deduced what’s happening in the public arena, what’s happening in these protests, what’s happening at these social gatherings, what’s happening in these tactics – these mob tactics –  that are being utilized.
The reason why the press is nervous about the use of the word ‘mob’ is because of how accurate it depicts their tactics and techniques over the past two years. Tactics they experimented a little bit with at Occupy Wall Street but that went sideways because everybody was busy assaulting everybody inside, so they’re going, returning, back to those roots and those are dangerous roots for political expression. It’s going back to the street violence of the 1920’s and 1930’s as a technique and a tactic and the court system doesn’t realize it’s happening.”

After arguments in the case of Oregon V Strickland held Friday in a Oregon Appeals Court tribunal,  Barnes summed up the high stakes involved in the outcome of the case.

Here are 12 quick takes from Barnes:

The appeals court tribunal has taken the case under consideration.The court’s decision could take months to hand down.

Strickland Case at Oregon Appeals Court: If Verdict Allowed to Stand, “Nobody Is Safe” From Antifa

The case of the Portland, Oregon man, forced to pull, but not fire, his legally concealed weapon to ward off a mob of Antifa protesters, has been heard before the Oregon State Court of Appeals.

Photo: Laughing at Liberals

Michael Strickland’s conviction on 21 counts against him, stemming from a July 7, 2016 protest,  was appealed in oral arguments Friday morning before a three judge panel of the Oregon Appeals Court.

Photo: Victoria Taft

Robert Barnes represented Strickland while Susan Howe was the attorney for the state of Oregon.

The case was heard by Douglas Tookey (appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber), Scott Shorr  (appointed by Gov. Kate Brown) and Rex Armstrong (elected to six year term in 2018) in a hearing that lasted less than an hour on Friday morning.

Strickland summed up the proceedings in a news release (see below):

“We raised several assignments of error regarding the admissibility of certain evidence, denial of change venue that was based on defamatory and untrue statements made by Multnomah County deputy district attorney Kate Molina to media, the 1st Amendment restrictions that have been placed on me by the courts, and the fact that I was denied my Constitutional right to face my accusers.”

He added:

“If the courts can do this to a privileged, straight, white, male in Portland, then just imagine what they can do to an underprivileged, transgender, immigrant of color in a rural county.”

Barnes, who practices law in California and Nevada, worked with local co-counsel, and traveled to Oregon to argue the case.

Barnes agreed that Strickland is Antifa’s ‘Victim Zero’ and asserted that judges all over the country are woefully ignorant of the violence committed by this group. He said Strickland’s case has sent a message to Portland and beyond:

“[R]ight now if you’re in the black bloc what do you think? I can harass somebody and get them arrested if they try to defend themselves. And then they want people not to defend themselves so that they feel terrified, so that the feel scared, so that they feel frightened, so that their behavior can be publicly and privately coerced. And that’s the danger. And that’s why this case is bigger than one person. This battle will be just the beginning of a long extended battle. If this can happen to him here it can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it means that nobody is safe. And that’s why this case is so significant.”

“This battle will be just the beginning of a long extended battle. If this can happen to him here it can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it means that nobody is safe. And that’s why this case is so significant.”

Barnes told VictoriaTaft.com,  and others gathered outside the court house, that it’s easy for an appeals court to simply rubber- stamp the trial verdict, but he wanted to remind the judges of a higher legal principle:

“[W]e were trying to force the issue back into the legal terrain to sort of the high plains of what the law is ‘cause that’s what protects everybody and it needs to be equally applied. And it’s forcing them to face that when they don’t always want to face that when the easy political decision for them to make is just to affirm the case and not to overturn the police; not to overturn the prosecutor; not to overturn the judge not to enhance and expand the protection of ordinary individuals against the black bloc of Portland.”

“[T]he easy political decision for them to make is just to affirm the case and not to overturn the police; not to overturn the prosecutor; not to overturn the judge not to enhance and expand the protection of ordinary individuals against the black bloc of Portland.”

After the conclusion of the hearing on third floor of the Oregon Supreme Court building, Strickland told those gathered:

“I think at its heart that it is a first amendment issue. And I hope that the judges realize that a person has a first amendment right to be a public area, filming a public event and that a mob of thugs do not have the right to use force to prevent that person from doing such and that my actions were solely in self defense on this case.”

Strickland issued a press release (below) and a YouTube video about the hearing:

“LaughingAtLiberals
Published on Oct 12, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Oregon Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this morning, October 12th, 2018, regarding the matter of State Of Oregon vs Michael Strickland, appeals case number A165019. I, Michael Strickland, am hopeful that the honorable Judges of the appeals court will recognize the dangerous case law precedent that was set in this case and that they will vacate my conviction.

We raised several assignments of error regarding the admissibility of certain evidence, denial of change venue that was based on defamatory and untrue statements made by Multnomah County deputy district attorney Kate Molina to media, the 1st Amendment restrictions that have been placed on me by the courts, and the fact that I was denied my Constitutional right to face my accusers.

If the courts can do this to a privileged, straight, white, male in Portland, then just imagine what they can do to an underprivileged, transgender, immigrant of color in a rural county.

At its heart, I believe my case is a 1st Amendment matter. As of the verdict of finding me guilty, the courts have essentially ruled that a person does not have a right to be in a public area, filming a public event, in their capacity as a professional news journalist, and that a mob of aggressive thugs have the right to use physical force and intimidation tactics to prevent a journalist from engaging in free press, and if the journalist tries to stop the thugs from assaulting and robbing them, then it’s the journalist who is guilty of crimes, while those who perpetrate and instigate violence become the victims.

This should strike fear into every journalist in the state.

Representing me on the appeal is LA-based Attorney Robert Barnes, who says “Right now if you’re in the black bloc [anarchists, antifa], what do you think? I can harass somebody and get away with it. I can harass somebody and get them arrested if they try to defend themselves. And that’s what they want. They want people to not defend themselves. And then they want people not to defend themselves so that they feel terrified, so that the feel scared, so that they feel frightened, so that their behavior can be publicly and privately coerced. And that’s the danger. And that’s why this case is bigger than one person.”

As we saw in the viral videos from last weekend, mob violence has been legalized. This is due, at least in part, to the ruling in case. Political violence is now encouraged and the mob is emboldened to attack people on the streets because they know they can legally get away with it, and anyone who opposes them or finds themselves in a position where they have to defend themselves against direct physical threats is guilty of crimes.

This puts everyone in Oregon at risk of being robbed, injured or worse. For example, a group of KKK members now have the legal right and lawfully authority to attack people of color in the street. Everyone’s rights to free press, to be safe from mob violence, and to defend one’s self are in the hands of the Honorable Judges of the Court of Appeals”

How a False Police Report Was Used by Multnomah County DA to Run Up Bail & Deprive Mike Strickland of His Liberty

On July 7, 2016, Mike Strickland, known as “Laughing at Liberals” on YouTube, was attacked by Antifa/Black Bloc anarchist/Black Lives Matter protesters at an event which billed itself as “Don’t Shoot Portland.”

In the run-up to the march and anti-gun protest, self described Black Panther organizers, including Jeelani Mutulu Haru Shareef, urged protesters to  carry guns, “run up” on cops and use guns to take out cops who might hurt protesters.

“If you see me move, I’m moving in violence.” 

PCC women’s basketball coach John Slaughter, one of the organizers of the ironically named “Don’t Shoot” event,  was also one the men conducting the pre-march instructions before the march and rally.

Holding his toddler, Slaughter urged the crowd to get out of the way if they couldn’t hurt cops and let others do it for them. He yelled so fiercely to the gathered (mostly white) crowd that his toddler started crying.

During the protest-march, Strickland was roughed up by a cell of Antifa protesters led by Ben Kerensa, the hefty 300 400 pound computer hacker, bomb hoaxer and professional protester.

Kerensa is a multiple federal and state felon who’s done time in the penitentiary.

Other thugs used their black bloc flag staffs to hit Strickland.  Kerensa admitted later in court that he struck Strickland.

He’s never been brought up on assault charges.

When the same group tried to run Strickland out of the protest by coming at him again, he asked the crowd to stay back, as he backed away.

As they continued advancing, Strickland grabbed his  licensed Glock pistol and ordered them to stay away from him as he continued to back away from the crowd. His finger was never on the trigger.

Shareef also menaced Strickland as he backed away from his attackers and followed him along a downtown Portland street.

But it was Strickland who was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, ticketed, and told to show up the next day in court.

The next day, the prosecutor Katharine “Kate” Molina, presented hearsay testimony and lies to increase Strickland’s charges and his bail.

As Strickland points out in his video below, Molina used a false police report to tie him to alleged threats suffered by protester none other than John Slaughter at an event the month before.

Here is what she represented to a judge:

“I’ve had a chance to review other reports, um, one specifically addressing addressing an incident on June 12th of this year, uh, where, uh attendees were going to a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the Orlando, um, nightclub shooting, and that Mr. Strickland was present and was, um, disrupting the vigil by taking videotape of the protest..er excuse me, the attendees who were there.

Um, when one of the attendees, um, asked Mr. Strickland um, to leave, um, there was, um, some sort of exchange, I believe, and, within a day or so, that attendee started receiving numerous phone calls and text messages on a daily basis that were of a threatening and on a race based nature, um, and based on that attendees information about Mr. Strickland, whom he believes identifies himself as a white nationalist-anarchist, um, believed that Mr. Strickland was behind and orchestrating those threatening text messages and phone calls.

So based on that prior conduct that the state is aware of, um, based on reports reviewed, as well as the nature of the current offense, um, given the reason for the protest last night, the state has serious concerns about, um, Mr. Strickland, um being out in the community without supervision at this time. So the state is asking that he be taken back into custody and that bail be increased to $250,000. I’m also asking for a release decision (?) [unintelligible] evaluation only under the condition of no weapon, no ammunition and strict compliance.”

Look at Molina’s statement that I transcribed from Strickland’s video (see it below). Note the information she presents to the judge as true  and consider the language she used as her “evidence”:

“that attendee started receiving numerous phone calls and text messages on a daily basis  …  were of a threatening and … race based nature,”

The “attendee,” Slaughter, began getting calls and texts. That’s because the “attendee” insisted Strickland use his phone number in his video. In a video showing Slaughter approving of the violent anti-police rhetoric and pro gun speech at the anti gun event a month earlier, he also offered to give protesters his phone number. Apparently, this is part of his schtick.

Strickland displayed the number in the Orlando vigil video.

I don’t think Strickland should have included Slaughter’s phone number in the video, but that’s really not the point here.

The salient points are:

  1. Were there any calls?
  2. How many?
  3. Who called him?
  4. Where’s the call log of who called him?
  5. Where is the evidence of those voice mails and or text messages which “were frequent”and allegedly racist?
  6. Where’s the evidence that Strickland “orchestrated them”?
  7. Where’s the evidence of any “threats” received whatsoever?

Nowhere, that’s where.

Surely, a deputy DA testifying before a judge should weigh actual evidence before depriving a person of their liberty. But that didn’t happen here.

Slaughter held himself out as a leader of Black Lives Matter and Don’t Shoot Portland. Surely, he’d be savvy enough to save ‘evidence’ of someone sending racist and threatening messages. Call logs on cell phones and network phone systems at a government agency such as PCC would certainly retain information. It had only been one month since this supposedly horrible thing had happened to Slaughter by a man “whom he believes identifies himself  is a white nationalist anarchist.”

Well, if you’re a professional BLM and anti gun protester such as John Slaughter, this should be public relations GOLD!

You’re the leader of your group and your allies are  Black Panthers (black nationalists)  AND YOU’VE FOUND A REAL LIVE WHITE NATIONALIST!! Send out the press release!

But he didn’t, of course, because he knew Strickland wasn’t a racist.

Worse, she assumed his assumptions that Strickland “identifies himself as a white nationalist anarchist” were true. Is  “whom he believes identifies himself” the standard of proof now?

And what the heck is a “white nationalist anarchist” anyway? Let’s ask John Slaughter. He apparently is the only one who does.

What he did do was file a phony police report that Strickland never heard about until Molina used it to increase the charges and the bail.

In short, a prosecutor’s reckless assumption based on phony and outrageous assumptions by Slaughter meant 21 charges and a $250,000 fine and thousands upon thousands of dollars in legal fees for Mike Strickland.

As for the “white nationalist” clap trap, as we’ve seen over and over and over again during the Antifa, black bloc anarchist, professional protester events, if you disagree with them you’re automatically labeled a racist.  Antifa must debase their opponents and ascribe every sordid misdeed to them in order to puff themselves up to signal to others that their anti free speech violence is somehow ‘noble.’

Worse, he could have been sent to prison for 50 years on all the felony charges. As it was, he was deprived of his liberty for 40 days. It’s an outrage.

As Strickland points out in his video, he lost his liberty over a false police report. If it can happen to him it can happen to you.

Strickland Appeal: ‘Attack by Ambush Followed by Trial by Ambush Followed by Verdict by Ambush.’

Mike Strickland has called on the Oregon Appeals Court to set aside his conviction for unholstering pistol to defend himself after being attacked, menaced and chased by masked and armed Antifa protesters in July of 2016.

The incident happened at a “Don’t Shoot Portland”/”Black Lives Matter” event when a group of anarchist/masked Antifa broke off from the main protest group to stop Strickland from filming the event. Just moments before, some of the same people attacked Strickland with their Antifa flag poles and fists.

See most of my posts about this case here.

The main conspirator was a 300+ pound protester, Benjamin Kerensa, who roughed up Strickland and chased him down the street.

Kerensa was depicted as a “victim” in this case, but was, in fact, an instigator of the violence against Strickland. Kerensa is a multiple felon and has served time in both state and federal prison.

Kerensa holds himself out to be some kind of software designer, but is, in reality, a hacker,   and continues to hassle people who photograph Antifa protests.

He is a dangerous man.

Strickland feared for his life with the 300 pound Kerensa bearing down on him and others rushing  the videographer.

Screenshot/Laughing at Liberals

Strickland is a working journalist who covered these events for his own news site on YouTube as well as for other national news sites.

Strickland was found guilty of ten counts of unlawful use of a weapon, ten counts of menacing, and one count of disorderly conduct in the second degree. He could have gone to prison for decades for the offenses. At sentencing, he was ordered to serve 40 days in jail.

The appeal was filed by Robert Barnes of Los Angeles and Mark Geiger of Salem.

In the discussion of the case, Barnes said that Strickland’s case was a study in ambush:

“Attack by ambush followed by trial by ambush followed by verdict by ambush.”

Among the issues that the attorneys claimed were wrongly decided were:

The trial court committed reversible error when it denied Defendant’s motion for a change of venue.

Local media about the case described Strickland in prejudicial terms which would have tainted a jury pool:

Within the articles, misinformation concerning Defendant was widespread and included falsely alleging Defendant was a “white nationalist anarchist”; falsely stating that Defendant was at the protest to instigate others; falsely describing Defendant as a “counter protestor”, “right-wing troll”, and “crazy guy”; and falsely claiming Defendant came to the protest “prepared for battle” and “nearly shot [the protestors].”

Barnes argues that the local prosecutor and police chief clearly tried to prejudice media coverage against Strickland:

At arraignment, State Attorney Katharine Molina told the press that Defendant had a past police report involving a situation wherein an attendee of a vigil for the Orlando nightclub shooting was sent harassing text messages of a race based nature after asking Defendant to leave the vigil. (ER 45) The State pushed this story to the press despite there being no proof that Defendant had anything to do with it. (ER 45) The State essentially accused Defendant of being a racist to the press, in a time where racial issues are at the forefront of American politics, despite no proof existing for the claim. (ER 45) Also, Portland Chief of Police Mike Marshman, in a memo sent to the Portland Police Bureau that was later spread by the press, described Defendant as someone who “menaced other protestors” and claimed that as a result the protest “could have turned deadly.” (ER 135.)

Those statements were not only unfair, they were untrue.

Barnes further argued that the unprovoked beating by an anti gun filmmaker, which severely broke Strickland’s arm, requiring surgery, should have been allowed into evidence to help establish his state of mind at the time of the attack at the Don’t Shoot Portland event.

The trial court committed reversible error when it granted the State’s motion to exclude evidence of an unrelated prior altercation.

A surprise use-of-force witness brought in at the 11th hour, giving defense attorneys only a few hours’ notice was prejudicial and reversible error by Judge Thomas Ryan:

The trial court committed reversible error when it allowed the prosecution to put forward a surprise rebuttal witness because the State had not properly notified the defense of said witness.

The defense attorney took issue with the way in which the ‘victims’ were labeled by local prosecutors, giving Strickland no way to object:

It also offered vague descriptions of the alleged victims, rather than naming them. The court denied the demurrer, holding that the prosecution can charge in the alternative. The trial court committed reversible error when it denied Defendant’s demurrer, although the indictment charged more than one defense not separately stated and it was not definite or certain.

Strickland’s appeals attorney took issue with the Judge’s order not allowing him to use a camera, video equipment – in other words, the tools of his trade – while under parole and probation:

In addition to the myriad of prejudicial decisions against Defendant, the trial court committed an error when it violated Defendant’s constitutional rights guaranteed by the first amendment.

The 456 page document, complete with multiple pages of exhibits and testimony, was filed in court on December 12th.

More on this later.

Bernie Sanders Supporting PDX Stabber’s Bail … Same As Strickland’s

On May 26th Jeremy Christian is alleged to have begun berating two Muslim women on Portland light rail train when three men intervened on their behalf.

Police say that Ricky Best, Taliesin Namkai Meche and Micah Fletcher all were attacked when the leftist loon pulled a knife and started slashing the men. When it was over, Best and Namkai Meche were dead.

Now we’re getting a look at the charging documents involved in the case and what it tells us about Portland’s prosecutorial priorities.

Christian is jailed without bail on two murder counts, but it’s the attempted murder count that’s significant for this comparison.

Christian’s alleged attack on Micah Fletcher netted the Bernie Sanders/Jill Stein lover bail of $250,000 for attempted murder.

Taking a look at Michael Strickland’s charging documents, when the prosecutor trumped up the two misdemeanors into eleven misdemeanors and ten felonies, we see that his bail was increased to $250,000.

After being assaulted and then unholstering his weapon in self-defense and backing off a team of thugs who conspired to ‘throw him out’ of the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX, Strickland received the same bail as an attempted murderer.

Prosecutors took Christian’s lengthy police record, including robbery, kidnapping and multiple trips to the slammer, into consideration for bail setting.

Strickland? No police record. Same bail as an attempted murderer.

This is just another brick in the wall that tells the story of what happens when prosecutors and judges appear to set bail for political reasons rather than legal ones.

As I’ve pointed out before, the judge in this case has a daughter who is a regular leftist protester. It’s not known if she was at the event last July, but it’s possible personal bias by the judge was brought to bear in Strickland’s case in bail setting.

By increasing the charges and throwing everything against the wall legally speaking, his conviction now makes him a felon and unable to own a gun.

It goes without saying that Strickland didn’t even come close to attempting to murder anyone. His finger was never on the trigger, but his actions did, however, stop the advance of the same thugs who had just moments before roughed him up, beat him with sticks, and who, after the judge was done with the charges, magically became ‘victims’ in the case against Strickland.

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Judge Lifts Gag on Strickland Video Showing Him Attacked by Antifa ‘Victims’-Including Benjamin Kerensa

[This post has been updated to add the video and remove references to its eventual inclusion]

This video recorded by Michael Strickland as he was attacked that has been under seal by prosecutors has been released from custody.

Now people will finally be able to see the video showing Strickland being manhandled – attacked – by black bloc outfitted anarchists and so called “antifa” at the Portland Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX protest. These are some of the same people whom prosecutors turned into ‘victims’ in their outrageous case against him in Portland, Oregon over the last year. See posts about the case by clicking on this link.

It explains why Strickland, a videographer and journalist working for news websites, pulled his gun in self defense to back off the thugs who admitted in court to conspiring to physically throw him out of the protest.

The video shows what happened before people started filming Strickland being physically thrown out of the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX protest, march and rally.

Here’s Strickland’s description of the video:

“Violent Ben Kerensa, known domestic terrorist and federal felon, attacks me last July 7th, 2016. You can see him leading a group of mask-clad anarchists, 3 of which of with flag poles in hand, which I have seen used as weapons. They surround me, Kerensa verbally accosts me, then begins to physically attack me. You can hear me issue verbal commands as I start to retreat. Benjamin Jacob Kerensa begins to pursue me as I retreat, and calls for others to join in the pursuit. After retreating down the block, while being aggressively pursued, my attention was drawn to the bulk of mob on my right. At this point, Ben Kerensa begins to flank me from my left, my blind side, and I caught him out of the corner of my eye. At that point I draw and issue commands for everyone to get away from me. I had every reason to believe that Ben Kerensa’s 400 pound body was seconds away from flattening me into the pavement, and that several others, already in a mob mentality, would join in, not only beating me but also robbing me of personal possessions, which included my video camera, computer, other electronic devices, and my Glock 27. They left me with no choice but to draw in self defense.

Somehow, Kerensa and the rest of the mob are considered “victims” and were never charged with any crimes, even though Ben Kerensa’s actions clearly meet the definition of Riot (ORS 166.015), Assault (ORS 163.165), Menacing (ORS 163.190), and Disorderly Conduct (ORS 166.025), having begun the altercation in the first place.

Benjamin Jacob Kerensa has a long criminal rap sheet that includes bomb threats, impersonating FBI agents to get people SWATed, filing false police reports, improper use of 911, theft, writing fraudulent checks, and more. He also been known to creepily stalk students at PSU, attack female police accountability activists, and tried to get the mob to attack another videographer earlier this June.

It is best to stay away from him if you see him in public and have no contact with him. I post this as a public service announcement so that people know how dangerous and violent he is.

This video was my first person video of the events that night. I was arrested a few minutes after I was attacked, and my camera and SD were seized immediately. This video was part of the sealed evidence. The prosecutors, Kate Molina and Todd Jackson, and Judge Thomas Ryan did not want the public to see this video before the trial. The evidence has since been unsealed.”

Strickland was charged with 21 counts, ten of which were felonies, for defending himself. He’s been sentenced to 40 days in jail, 29 with time served.

He’s appealing.

‘Free Speech’ Rally Portland Mayor Tried to Cancel Was Peaceful — Then ‘Antifas’ Grabbed Bricks…

I apologize for the code issues on my website. I’m aware and trying to fix. Thank you.

Look at all those bricks, shivs, spears and mayhem-making equipment possessed by … “anti fascists.” From my piece in Independent Journal Review:

The free speech rally held on Sunday by some Portland, Oregon, area conservatives almost didn’t happen when the mayor demanded that the permit be revoked.

Mayor Ted Wheeler asserted that the rally should be canceled because of possible violence by what he called “alt-right” protesters, following the murders of two men who came to the defense of two Muslim women being hassled by a man hurling racial slurs on a commuter train.

Check out the rest of my piece here on Independent Journal Review:

http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/06/891657-free-speech-rally-portland-mayor-tried-cancel-peaceful-antifas-grabbed-bricks/

Video: Watch Strickland Attacker Ben Kerensa Urge Attack on Yet ANOTHER Citizen Journalist

“We got Nate Millsap right here!” came a voice in a sort of ‘up talk’ carnival barker’s cadence.

The voice is believed by Millsap to belong to the scarf-wearing, black bloc attired
Benjamin Kerensa and it sent a frisson of excitement through the pack of similarly attired … people.

Kerensa perjured himself on the stand multiple times  in the Michael Strickland case. He testified for the prosecution that  he wasn’t part of black bloc, that he never pushed or pulled Strickland to throw him out and that Strickland  drew his gun multiple times, among other obvious lies.

Indeed,  Kerensa, a multiple multi state and federal prisoner, bomb threatener, FBI impersonator,  hoaxer and hacker,  conspired with others to assault Strickland, to throw him out of a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event nearly a year ago. Strickland was only videotaping the event.

The thugs roughed up Strickland  which Strickland’s still-quashed video demonstrates.

Those thugs became ‘victims’ in the eyes of the prosecution and Strickland was brought up   on 21 counts, ten of which were felonies. They could have landed Strickland in prison for more than 50 years. Strickland was sentenced to 40 days in jail when he was sentenced in May.

And Nate Millsap, also a witness for the prosecution,  took high quality video which showed the gang of thugs backing Strickland up and threatening him. Later, Millsap, realizing what his video showed, publicly came out in support of Strickland. All of those moves made him public enemy #1 with the black bloc crowd.

And that’s why they confronted him on Sunday,  as you can see from from Millsap’s own videos below:

“Fucking Millsap Get him the fuck outta here! GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE! GO BACK TO YOUR (unintelligible) GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE, NATHAN!

Millsap: “I’m here filming.

Mob: (unintelligible) GET BACK TO YOUR SIDE!

Millsap: “I’m not on a side! I’m here independently.

Black Bloc: “GET BACK TO YOUR SIDE!”

Millsap: “I’m not on a side, I’m here independently!

Black Bloc: “Get out!” (something is thrown at Millsap)

(laughs are heard)

Black Bloc guy starts chant, “Hey, hey, ho, ho this racist scum has got to go!”

What do we call black bloc ‘anarchists’ now? ‘Protester’ is too benign a descriptor. ‘Terrorist’ seems too harsh. They haven’t killed anyone … yet, although violence is clearly in their wheel house.

They bring weapons:

Members, who fancy themselves as anarchists then morph  to become ‘anti fascist’ – meaning anti anyone to the right of them,  continue to beat, shoot, assault, jump, punch, club, gas innocents and interrupt others’ lives by blocking roads, trains, freeways and bridges.

Like this guy who was beaten right in front of Millsap last Sunday by the – what do they call themselves again? Oh, yes “anti-fascists.” The same people who, like the brown shirts before them, dress in uniforms and take it upon themselves to be judge, jury and executioner of people who hold different political views.

And now Millsap has a target on his back,  just like Leo Stratton had before him and just as Michael Strickland did before them.

And the one guy who has been there every, single time is ‘victim’ Ben Kerensa.

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And look at him try to scamper out of Millsap’s view finder here:

All of Victoria Taft’s Stories on Michael Strickland’s Case

Michael Strickland’s Defense Fund Link Is Right Here

And here are the previous posts I’ve done on the Strickland case:

Strickland’s ‘Victim’, Benjamin Kerensa: Hacker, Anarchist, Fabulist, Dangerous Man

Before There Were Canceled & Censored Parades, There Was Michael Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals’

Video: Watch Strickland Attacker Ben Kerensa Urge Attack on Yet ANOTHER Citizen Journalist

Opinion: Why I’m Not ‘Grateful’ for Michael Strickland Sentence

Strickland Sentenced Today; Appeals Attorney Named

Strickland’s ‘Victim’, Benjamin Kerensa: Hacker, Anarchist, Fabulist, Dangerous Man

Before There Were Canceled & Censored Parades, There Was Michael Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals’

I Call on Portland to Cancel May Day Protests, er, Riots

Release the Strickland Tape

Rioters Veto: Portland Cancels Parade After Protesters Plot ‘Terrorist’ Attack on GOP Participants

Portland Protesters Get ‘Traffic Tickets’: Strickland Defended Himself & Faces Prison

Portland Protester Who Threw Bomb at Crowd Given ‘Counseling’; Michael Strickland Faces Prison for Defending Himself

Surprise Speaker at ‘Free Mike Strickland’ Rally Was Witness in Case — And Wait Till You Hear What He Says

Mike Strickland Rally Speakers Put Stakes into Sharp Focus: ‘That Could Be You Next!’

Fund Raiser for Strickland Canceled After Portland Professional Protesters Swing Into Action

Perjury: Counting All the Times Ben Kerensa Lied on the Stand in Strickland Gun Case, Part 1

Seldom Seen Video of Mob of “Victims” Surrounding Strickland Before He Draws Weapon in Self Defense

Portland’s Pro-Protester Justice System

Oregon Firearms Federation Responds to Strickland Gun Conviction

Travesty. Portland Judge: Strickland Guilty on All Counts.

Strickland Trial: Court Documents of the Prosecution’s Star Witness Bomb Hoaxer & Cop Impersonator Ben Kerensa

Strickland Day 2: Defense Waives Jury Trial & Prosecution Witness Admits Anarchists Plotted to Assault Journalist

Strickland Trial: Day 1

Protesters to Strickland: ‘Snitches Get Stitches’

Violent Protesters Show EXACTLY Why Strickland Carried Gun to Cover Protests

Journalist Charged With Pulling Gun to Stop Anarchist Attack Denied Change of Venue From Anti-Gun Portland

‘He Makes Fun of Us:’Reason Why Anarchists Conspired to Attack Strickland at Portland Protest

Bomb Threats, Activism, Anarchy: ‘Victim’ in Strickland Gun Case Is a Convicted Liar

Witness Against Strickland In Gun Case Is Federal Felon; Anarchist

Strickland Hearing Postponed till Monday

Strickland Hearing Today & the Defense Has a Surprise for the DA

Strickland Indicted on Gun Charges; Ham Sandwich Next In Line

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.’

Citizen Journalist James O’Keefe Spotlights Mike Strickland Case

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

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

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

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

Should Portland, Berkeley Call Out National Guard to Protect Conservatives?

It’s a question based on the silencing of Portlander Michael Strickland, Multnomah County Republicans, speakers Ann Coulter, Charles Murray, Heather MacDonald under threat of violence.

As one of the self described anti-fascist (Antifa) protesters put it when his threats resulted in the cancellation of Portland’s 82nd Street Avenue of the Roses Parade:

You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely. Let us know your decision by tuesday by emailing back. We will also wheatpaste fliers across the march route naming sponsors and holding them accountable for backing an event with this type of rhetoric which may endanger future parades ability to get sponsors. We will also begin emailing groups who are participating in the march to inform them you are allowing a group of bigots to march in the parade.

Of course, I’ve been saying for years that they believe the police “cannot stop” them from “shutting down roads.”

This lady tried with the only weapon she had, some Tide detergent to get the thugs out of her way:

The only ones the police and institutional Portland silence is one guy who was being threatened, assaulted and mobbed by these same thugs. And now he faces prison. 

The rioters veto has won.

 

Release the Strickland Tape

As Michael Strickland’s May 3rd sentencing draws near, it’s important that the full story of his defense be brought out into the open. That’s why Judge Thomas Ryan should release Michael Strickland’s own video which has been hidden from public view since the videographer’s arrest.

Strickland is the freelance journalist who drew his legal, licensed concealed hand gun to fend off a violent mob of anarchists while covering a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX march and rally July 7, 2016.

Here’s the key point:

After covering the event for awhile, Strickland was assaulted by a group of protesters who admitted in court they conspired to throw him out. They assaulted him once and then came back after him. Strickland was forced to draw his weapon after efforts to back them off with verbal commands and defensively using his monopod failed to back them off.

The mob came from three sides in order to attack and stop him from covering the rally.

Rightly believing he was in danger, Strickland swept the black bloc attired mob, without his finger on the trigger, to stop the threat coming at him. It worked. He was able to back up the street to safety — until the Multnomah County DA’s office victimized him again.

He was convicted on 21 charges, ten of which were felonies, by a Multnomah County judge in February after two minutes consideration.

The view we’ve seen so far should have been defense enough:

Multnomah County surveillance video, which included the entire scene, may help see the first attack, but Michael Strickland’s own video clearly tells the tale.

It was shown in court, but the judge made attempts to keep onlookers from seeing it. Why? Because it clearly shows that Strickland was roughed up, assaulted, beaten about by a gang of thugs. And then they came to do it again. And even though Strickland knew their intent, he tried to talk them out of it, gave verbal commands, used his monopod as defense and then, as a last resort, pulled his gun. His finger was never on the trigger,
but the mere presence of that gun backed off the

 

 

 

oncoming thugs giving Strickland the ability to back away.

That’s just another reason why this case is such a travesty.

Free the tape. Free Michael Strickland.