If what happened to citizen journalist Mike Strickland last Thursday on the streets of Portland, Oregon looked familiar it’s because it’s happened to other reporters.
Strickland, whose YouTube nom de guèrre is “Laughing at Liberals,” was filming a Black Lives Matter protest last Thursday in downtown Portland. Protesters included anarchists, Occupy acolytes, Black Lives Matter activists and — now we know — self described Black Panthers who called for violence at the protest. The crowd surrounded the 36-year-old videographer as he tried to cover the event.
After he sensed the threat was over, he re-holstered his pistol.
But mobs going after reporters isn’t new for the BLM crowd.
There’s this incident in Ohio where some guy told reporter Brandon Blackwell:
“I got 800 black people behind me. What the f**k are you gonna do?”
There was this incident featured on Bill O’Reilly’s show from Minnesota.
lady person told the Fox News reporter that in no uncertain terms was he able to cover their event on public property:
And then there’s was the situation with Mike Strickland last Thursday. This time the intimidatee drew his weapon.
There are some who believe he shouldn’t have pulled his pistol, but as you can see from the video nearby, he was deeply fearful of the crowd. And, in one of my previous posts, I talked with four police officers of various ranks, three of whom who said what he did was legal and the other said it was arguably legal.
Strickland sits in Multnomah County jail on $250,000.00 bail because when he arrived at his first hearing, the DA increased the charges and bail. He’ll be in court again July 18th.
The District Attorney’s office appears to have sided with the thugs instead of a citizen journalist who was in fear for his life.
The DA’s overcharging and outsized bail puts all journalists and protesters on notice: Some people are more equal than others.