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

Mike Strickland will be in Multnomah County court today as the judge hears motions for his case.

A perfunctory and necessary rite, both sides will get an idea of where the other side is going strategically, if they didn’t already know from discovery in the felony gun use case.

Strickland was arrested and charged with 21 counts of menacing and unlawful use of a firearm for drawing his hand gun in self defense during the July 7, 2016 Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot Portland protest.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office clearly has decided to use Strickland’s case as a precedent  to draw the line at when legal concealed handgun permit holders may draw a weapon in Multnomah County. A lot rides on this case, which is why prosecutors haven’t dropped it, even though Strickland’s case of self defense is stronger on the merits.

Through research and interviews, including trying to talk to the deputy district attorney involved in the case, and talking to eyewitnesses and anarchists, the consensus is, this case is  politically motivated.

In fact, it’s an outcome in search of a case.

Which brings us to the number one “victim” in the case.

It was last July 7th. Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Portland for a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX rally, march and protest.  Those gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square received a pep talk from self described black panther members on doing violence (which I’ve elaborated on before and have received more information on which I’ll outline in a future post) and proceeded to march toward the rally spot.

As protesters listened to speeches on the steps of a nearby building, a smaller group of anarchists saw Strickland recording the event. Strickland covers these events as a journalist for his own social media outlets, one of which is entitled, “Laughing at Liberals” and for a popular news website.

The men made a decision to “go get” Strickland.

The reason why will be dealt with in a future post.

During the protest, a contingent of anarchists snaked around the crowd and rushed Strickland from at least two sides. The moment is captured on video which I’ve chronicled in my previous posts. And since those posts were published,  more video evidence has been obtained.

The first victim mentioned in the complaint against Strickland describes “male wearing a blue hooded top, dark pants and a black messenger bag” who was “in fear of imminent serious injury…”

The “victim” is this man:

Photo Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

The man whom the DA claimed to be “in fear of imminent serious injury…” was one of the anarchists encircling Strickland. He’s the heavy-set man coming at Strickland on his left flank. He stopped only because Strickland drew his weapon.

Why would Strickland ‘go to guns’ at this point? Because he’d already been roughed up by some of the same people in the crowd.

Here’s a photo of this “victim” from a previous protest.

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Police officers who have seen this tape have previously stated on this website that Strickland broke no laws. At the point they saw this full video, they didn’t know that the anarchists had previously roughed up and threatened Strickland. Knowing that, it seems that  Strickland had an even greater reason to pull his gun in self defense.

The DA terms this man a “victim” when he certainly appears to have helped provoke the act of self defense. Furthermore, this “victim” possesses  a long and ignominious rap sheet which includes a major federal  bomb threat case and other very, ah,  interesting crimes. Indeed, the DA is using a very shady character to buttress their rickety case against Mike Strickland.

I look forward to the cross examination of this man by the defense.

My next post will outline who he is at length and his rap sheet.

 

See some of my previous posts here:

Strickland Indicted on Gun Charges; Ham Sandwich Next In Line

 

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

 

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

T-Shirt Anti-Trump High School Protester Is Wearing Should Make You Wonder

This photo on twitter by William Gagan of two Jefferson High School students who are giving the requisite
–Communist/Socialist/Labor/Jobs for Justice/ANSWER/Fight for $15/Occupy/Black Lives Matter, etc.–
fist to other fellow student activists who have cut class to “protest” Donald Trump–a man for whom they’re too young to vote and who hasn’t taken office yet.

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That doesn’t stop ‘the children’ from being persuaded by their elders to participate in the planned protests–complete with lovely banners.

But, did that kid wear his shirt to school all day?

Makes you wonder, no?

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Do Portland Public Schools approve of this kind of apparel in their dress codes?

Portland Protest Shooter Was “Menacing”Anti-Trump “PROTESTER”

Cameron Whitten, a Portland activist who’s been out every night during these planned protests, was near the Morrison Bridge where the shooting of a protester took place and said witnesses told him the shooters were part of the squad of protesters looting, vandalizing and tagging during the protests.

Here’s his wrap up of what happened:

“Dereliction of Duty” Results in Protester Being Shot in Portland

Protester shot and it’s the mayor’s fault.

I was monitoring two of the live streams last night in Portland riots.

The fauxtest was aimless and the message was the usual pap. The usual hey, hey, ho, ho, “we’re here, we’re queer” etc.. Donald Trump’s election was just the latest excuse to commit acts of chaos by the left.

According to people interviewed, groups of people were trained for the protest/riot.

They were allowed to take over roads, bridges etc.

At times, the police declared the gatherings ‘riot’ which is a declaration that the gathering is illegal. Then they tried to redirect the protesters.

Sometimes protesters/rioters followed directions-such as getting on the sidewalk.

There were people who clearly came downtown to spectate and mock the protesters–which is their right.

See my post about Mayor Charlie Hales being asked to resign by the Oregon GOP here for “dereliction of duty.”

According to GOP spokesman Kevin Hoar the law abiding won’t take this neglect of the rule of law anymore:

“Set down a marker in Blue Oregon that Tuesday’s Election Result showed we’re not going to just sit quietly and take it anymore. We’re going to call out the protesters for their criminal behavior, public officials for abusing their power and the Democrat machine condoning it with their silence if not vocal encouragement – and all of them for their hypocrisy.”

They’ve asked the Oregon Democratic Party to join in calling for the mayor’s resignation.

Now a protester has been shot on another consecutive night of bedlam.

From Oregonlive:

“Police said the protester, who wasn’t publicly identified, suffered injuries that weren’t life threatening. The shooter left the area, likely in a car, Portland police said in a news release.”

Charlie Hales KNEW this likely would get out of control and SHOULD have imposed a curfew.

He should have known this because they ALWAYS get out of control.

It’s time for Portland “leaders” to stop fueling division–

I’m talking to you, Charlie Hales. Here’s a post that Cody McLaughlin found from Hales’s Special Assistant.

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As McLaughlin put it:

“A pretty high ranking member of the Charlie Hales administration (current mayor of Portland, kid’s title is Special Assistant to the Mayor and Policy Advisor) is encouraging and vowing to join into the civil unrest over the Trump election, says “he would rather have a constitutional crisis” than Trump as president and all the while the protests he is encouraging have just been upgraded to riots by the police in the city he is supposed to serve.”

And I’m talking to you Amanda Fritz:

Charlie Hales start protecting ALL citizens.

Now you’ve got a shot protester. Violence is never an answer –which is why decent law abiding Portlanders are sick of these excuses for committing violence through these fauxtests.

This shooting is the result of lack of leadership in Portland.

Law abiding Portlanders await THEIR right to free movement be honored.

 

Angry Motorist Goes After Portland Rioter With the Only Thing She Has–Laundry Detergent

This is the scene from the Portland riots Thursday night as the protesters blocked streets and prevented people from moving.

My daughter has had to walk home for days because protesters are blocking public transit.

This lady just couldn’t take it anymore and lashed out at the anarchists.

Who will protect these people so it won’t be necessary to take matters into their own hands?

The Oregon Republican Party has called on Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to resign for “dereliction of duty.” Read about that here.

These aren’t organic riots, these are conspiracies with paid protesters by well known, politically connected actors in Portland.

Here Are Ads Offering to Pay “Stop Trump Protesters” $15-18/Hour

More proof that the crowds around the nation “protesting” Donald Trump are just an extension of the usual paid political protesters from the ‘Peaceful Response’/ANSWER crowd to ‘Jobs for Justice’ to Occupy Wall Street  to ‘5 for 15’ to Black Lives Matter. Now this.

In Portland, protesters rioters  bashed in the windows of businesses in the downtown:

They attacked a KGW cameraman and his gear with a baseball bat:

They vandalized with impunity:

That nice Safeway that keeps downtown Portland ‘walkable’ for all the granola lovers? Bashed in:

After declaring the riot was illegal, protesters were told by police to rally at Pioneer Square:

Others ignored the order and sought to take over the freeways–and police helped them:

Organizer, former mayoral candidate and professional protester, Cameron Whitten thanked his people for coming out to the protest:

Within in the last couple of weeks, James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas undercover video showed Democratic operatives paid protesters to pick fights and escalate violence at Trump rallies.

The same operative  admitted to arranging to illegally vote by busing people in–or buying them cars.

These people get paid.

Here’s the price of rabble rousing in Portland:

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The ad reads:

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Seattle protesters were offered benefits:

Here’s what they’re paying in Philly:

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Since Portland, Seattle, Philly, Chicago and other cities where riots have taken place pay the protesters it seems it would be pretty easy to track down whose liable for all the damage.

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 VictoriaTaft.com, 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 VictoriaTaft.com:

“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.

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?

Photo Credit: Screenshots/Google
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.

Photo Credit: Screenshot/Google
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Google

One name.

Benjamin Kerensa.

One person just sent me this link via email as an identifier: https://www.google.com/search?q=benjamin+kerensa+portland&sa=X&biw=1680&bih=941&tbm=isch&imgil=eISn7sIKw2rfCM%253A%253B-OcIOEKMtZ4GzM%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Ftwitter.com%25252Fbkerensa&source=iu&pf=m&fir=eISn7sIKw2rfCM%253A%252C-OcIOEKMtZ4GzM%252C_&usg=__MwZRm00xBnCTMtArGA31ms8MjkM%3D&ved=0ahUKEwj-_8TeqPbNAhVY2mMKHRY8DA4QyjcIPw&ei=2UiJV74v2LSPA5b4sHA#imgdii=eISn7sIKw2rfCM%3A%3BeISn7sIKw2rfCM%3A%3B21j9mRwFhWq-rM%3A&imgrc=eISn7sIKw2rfCM%3A

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:

Photo Credit: Screengrab/Oregonian
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:

Photo Credit: Screengrab/The Oregonian/YouTube
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.

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.

Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube
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.

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube
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.”

Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube
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

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 VictoriaTaft.com 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 VictoriaTaft.com:

“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.

 

 

“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. 

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube
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.

Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube
Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

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

Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube
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. 

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:

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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 Victoria@VictoriaTaft.com

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.

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

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 3

 

mike sandini fawkes 2

 

 

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.’ 

 

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.

Photo Credit: Twitter
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.

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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