“My name is Michael Strickland” is how the Portland area citizen journalist began his story at the nationally prominent Gateway Pundit website.
Strickland’s speech was interrupted Tuesday night by a cow bell ringing, man-banned member of a Antifa/Anarchist group (they’re the same thing in Portland – just add a balaclava!) and his cadres, who are now full partners in Portland Professional Protesters, Inc.™ and who seem to receive full support of City Hall and Police Bureau.
As he wrote at Gateway Pundit, his planned speech was about how his First Amendment rights had been stripped away after being arrested for defending himself against Antifa in July of 2016:
On March 5th, 2019, The College Republicans invited me to Portland State University to speak about what happened to me on July 7th, 2016, when I was out filming a protest, exercising my right to freedom of the press.
As we mentioned here, Portland State University officials were asked to comment on how Campus Police did their jobs in allowing Antifa thugs to disrupt Strickland’s presentation.
The University issued a statement, which Strickland notes was full of inaccuracies and mischaracterizations:
Beyond the fluff and inaccuracies in that press release, what PSU’s head of public relations, Chris Broderick, can’t even get right is that my speech was not based around the 2nd Amendment. I believe my case is rooted in the 1st Amendment, and that’s what I was there to talk about. The name of the presentation was “How The 1st Amedment Was Invalidated.” The Republican club met with advisors and campus security the week prior to the event to discuss what the event was about. Broderick and his staff of 19 bureaucratic paper pushers are either incompetent, too lazy to do basic research and due diligence, or they are intentionally lying to the public.
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.
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.
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.”
“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:
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”
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.
July 7, 2016 was just another day for the videographer who filmed Portland, Oregon’s protest scene for his YouTube channel “Laughing at Liberals.”
Unbeknownst to Strickland, his very success on YouTube and in placing his videos on national news outlets, would be kryptonite to the balaclava clad wing nuts of Antifa. As one Portland anarchist admitted to me, Antifa didn’t like how Strickland held up a mirror to the mob and made them look stupid.
A previous attempt to ruin his video by calling him epithets and getting in his face at a candlelight vigil for the Orlando shooting victims didn’t work. By July, Antifa had contrived a way to shut him up for good.
As admitted in court, Antifa and Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot Portland agitators conspired in advance to throw the journalist out of ‘their’ protest, which was being held on public property.
The mob surrounded Strickland, roughing him up, hitting him with their flag staffs (a typical weapon) and punching him as he recorded their protest.
Here’s a typical cache of weapons from Antifa ‘protests’:
A few minutes later, angry that Strickland hadn’t acceded to their violent tactics, the mob came at him again, attempting to surround him like a pack of jackals.
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.
People stunned to hear about the old man chased down the streets of Portland by the mob were equally shocked to learn that the Portland Police Bureau stood by and did nothing. Worse, the Bureau has invited the mob to file complaints against the old man in the car. Not a typo.
Indeed, in Portland, self defense has been turned on its ear. For being targeted, beaten and forced to draw his weapon to save himself, Strickland was prosecuted. Members of the mob, which had beaten him once already and were running in to finish him off, were magically transformed into victims.
The book was thrown at Strickland. A perjurious ‘police report’ issued by one of the protest organizers and the guy who conspired to get Strickland tossed from the July protest was used by Leftist prosecutors to enhance the videographer’s bail to $250,000 – nearly that of a murderer.
Strickland’s case was heard by a Portland judge who found him guilty of all charges, which included ten felonies (for his ten ‘victims’).
People are just getting wind of Portland ‘justice’ after the car chasing caper:
Clear this up for me…
If ANTIFA stops you in your car, traps you, threatens you, beats on your car, and you feel you are in danger (because you ARE in danger)…
Do you not have the right to protect yourself? Are you supposed to sit in your car until they're finished?
In Portland, if you merely show you are armed, you will be arrested, charged with a felony, and banned from public events for "disturbing" ANTIFA with your presence. Ask Mike Strickland. https://t.co/XUO3EaQFBP
There is a reason the media celebrates ANTIFA, stays mute about the black bloc, and political patrons in Portland imprisoned ANTIFA critics rather than lefty violence. They were always heading in this direction once they lost political power: cultural blackmail & street violence. https://t.co/sAg7wfVJOA
Excuses the @ORDOJ used to justify the jailing of independent reporter, Mike Strickland: that the black bloc violent anarchist group is part of the "protest community" of Portland & that a reporter who is "polarizing" to ANTIFA-types should be banned from filming public events.
In 1992, riots broke out in what was then-known as “South Central LA” after cops were cleared in their first trial over the notorious beating of Rodney King.
Truck driver Reginald Denny made the mistake of driving his dump truck into South Central, unaware of the melee. For the ‘crime’ of being white in the predominantly black part of town, Denny’s truck was surrounded by a violent mob and he was dragged out where he was thrown to the ground and stomped, kicked and pelted with a brick thrown from point-blank range, among other atrocities. From Wikipedia:
“His skull was fractured in 91 places and pushed into his brain. His left eye was so badly dislocated that it would have fallen into his sinus cavity had the surgeons not replaced the crushed bone with a piece of plastic. A permanent crater remains in his forehead despite efforts to correct it.”
This past weekend in Portland, Antifa thugs blocked traffic and chased cars in protest of a police shooting.
In the shooting incident, police say the suspect drew his weapon. That data point did nothing to mollify the rioters because, in their world view, cops should not have guns. Scratch that. There should be no cops.
As I’ve chronicled on this website since 2005, Portland’s Professional Protesters, Incorporated™* have been allowed by City Hall to take over the streets, shut down highways, and commit acts of violence with near-impunity.
People have been angry for years and have done their small part to fight back. This lady was so upset that she got out of her car and grabbed the only ‘weapon’ she had, Tide detergent. It was posted on Twitter:
City Hall has ignored the complaints about protesters citing Oregon’s liberal free speech laws, where live sex acts are considered political speech. That’s not a typo.
Worse, they indulge these human detritus and punish the people who dare defend themselves.
Readers of this website are familiar with the case of videographer Mike Strickland, who, after the mob had attacked him once, came back to finish him off as he recorded a 2016 protest. Strickland drew his legally concealed pistol and backed off the mob – never once putting his finger close to the trigger. He was prosecuted and put in jail for defending himself. Also not a typo.
For some reason, however, this past weekend’s episode of chasing cars, mob-takeovers, taunts, assaults and threats went viral and I think I know why.
Antifa and its allies, including Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot Portland, chased a white haired, older man down the street of downtown Portland, close to City Hall, and when he foolishly got out of his car to protest, we all thought, my God, it’s going to be another Reginald Denny.
PJ Media transcribed (thank you for saving me time) the epithets hurled at the man:
“Just go that way,” a female agitator barks at a driver in the first video. When he asks why, she fires back, “Because I told you to!”
“Yeah, you little white little f**ker!” a belligerent compatriot, who is white himself, hollers. “You’re a f*cking whitey aren’t ya?!” he taunts. “Get the f*ck down the road!” The woman insists that the motorist, who was visiting from North Carolina, go the way she’s directing him. She explains to him impatiently that he’s blocking traffic (even though the protesters, of course, were the ones blocking traffic).
Noticing the man’s North Carolina license plate, the foul-mouthed protester calls him a white supremacist.
“Go back to North Carolina where you came from. We don’t need your KKK in Portland, Oregon!” the man shouts.
While the flustered motorist speaks with someone on the phone about his awkward predicament, the camera pans on a police officer standing nearby doing absolutely nothing, probably on orders from the liberal mayor’s office.
One of the Black Lives Matter protesters repeatedly threatens motorists with physical violence, shouting at a pick-up truck driver: “You’re lucky you didn’t hit me — I’d have beat your ass!”
Last weekend’s street take-over might have been the last straw for even liberals in the People’s Republic of Portland. Finally, their discontent found voice on the pages of the local alt weekly.
Willamette Week reported that Portlanders have had it up to here with lawlessness on their streets and may jump political parties to send a message.
Over the past month, WW has spoken to Democratic voters who say they are abandoning [Governor Kate] Brown. During those conversations, three themes emerge repeatedly: Oregon’s frayed social safety net, a sense of lawlessness on the streets, and a failed educational system.
As the mob took over the streets, scaring the hell out of law abiding people, where were the cops?
Perhaps after this wake up call, Portland’s City ‘leaders’ will let the cops enforce the law and that “sense of lawlessness,” which is, in fact, real lawlessness, ends.
*Portland’s Professional Protesters, Incorporated™(sarc)
In a little noted story one year ago, Politico reported that Department of Homeland Security “confidential intelligence” documents showed that “antifascists,” known as “Antifa,” are now considered a domestic terror group.
Those who have observed the violence by Portland Professional Protester, Incorporated, Antifa edition, are not surprised by the recent domestic terrorism designation. In fact, most would probably say ‘what took you so long?’
The report, disseminated within DHS in April 2016, is an assessment of violent groups, and reveals that the Pacific Northwest region is a national ‘leader’ in Leftist violent extremism:
” … US extremist attacks noted in this study occurred in multiple states, the majority of incidents occurred in the Pacific Northwest.”
Portlanders have watched in disgust as the City ‘leaders’ have thrown their lot in with the protesters, leaving law-abiding citizens adrift without representation. The rule-of-law has become a two track system – one for Antifa and Portland Professional Protesters and the regular, tougher one for everyone else.
You’d think that after the nine-year-long blockbuster investigation of Oregon based eco and animal terrorists known as “The Family” that local leaders would catch a clue. Wrong.
Either in thrall of ACLU and Lawyers Guild attorneys, or out of fear for their own safety – or both – city officials have looked the other way all while making public pronouncements about the virtue of Antifa’s crusade. Maybe it’s the contact high outside City Hall that convinced them capitulation would keep the mob from their door.
Antifa has responded to Official Portland’s endorsement by bashing heads, detonating IEDs, setting fires, hitting people with ‘flag’ staffs, hurling fire works, menacing, attacking cops, blocking freeways and roads, conspiring against videographers (see Mike Strickland and Leo Stratton stories nearby), and deploying chemical sprays.
Official Protester Portland has given the mob its seal-of-approval because, after all, these virtuous, Black bloc, balaclava clad crusaders ridding the world of all things “fascist” are on the side of angels don’t ‘cha know.
Oregonians are wary of coming downtown, especially at night, because they’re afraid to discover they’ve been transmogrified into a Nazi and be ‘dealt’ with by Antifa.
Mayor Ted Wheeler has cheered the violent protesters on, offered them public support and ordered police to stand down during violent clashes except once, and that was only recently.
However, what is new is the seriousness with which at least federal law enforcement will potentially treat the violent political gang.
Note this from Politico:
“Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.”
The report, called the Baseline Comparison of US and Foreign Anarchist Extremist Movements, reported that during 2013 and 2014 things began to heat up in both Michigan and the PNW with violent groups.
A group then known as the Plockers, an outgrowth of 2011’s Occupy Portland, began to squat in foreclosed houses and refuse to leave. According to the report, there were multiple arsons committed by these activists in their anti-gentrification schemes.
As we’ve seen over the years and chronicled here and on my radio shows, the same people who were active in the “BushHitler” days, became Obamabots and Bernie Bros. Others on the fringes learned from the Seattle WTO conflagration and thus became a subset of these anarchists, wearing their Black bloc clothing and balaclavas.
Antifa derived from this group. Portland anarchists have told me they don’t share Antifa’s world view, but for most, it’s a distinction without a difference.
The report worries that “anarchist extremist” “antifascists” – come on guys, you can just call them Antifa – will become more violent in the U.S. and the world.
Read the report for yourself and note that the deep dive into Antifa ended in spring of 2016 as Antifa was getting absolutely triggered over the presidential election just months away.
Enter Mike Strickland.
In July of 2016, Portland Professional Protester members held a “Don’t Shoot PDX” Black Lives Matter march and rally and noticed videographer Mike Strickland in their midst. Strickland, the owner of the YouTube channel, “Laughing at Liberals,” often covered Portland’s Leftist rallies and marches. His material regularly made national news.
Organizer of the event, John Slaughter, admitted in court that he and others conspired to rough up Strickland and throw him out of their event, which was being held on a public street. They hit Strickland with their flag staffs, punched him and then, when they saw he had retreated to another spot at the rally, organized another rush at him whereupon he pulled his legal pistol and, while not even putting his finger near the trigger, held off the gang. No shots were fired.
Repeating. In Portland, Oregon the guy who was doing his job in what we thought was a free country, reporting on protesters on a public street whom he has covered many times before, was forced to pull his pistol to defend himself against a marauding band of thugs, one of whom, Benjamin Kerensa, was 400 pounds. And Strickland was jailed.
The chief reason why Strickland was treated like a criminal by the Multnomah County DA’s office? Slaughter claimed, without providing proof, that Strickland sent him racist text messages. Strickland text messages were never presented to buttress that claim because they didn’t exist. But the DA believed Slaughter and poured on the charges and bail for Strickland.
Within months of the Strickland assault, similar tactics were used to silence conservative speakers on college campuses.
The flaccid response by police and university officials, largely due to their endorsement of their Antifa heroes, gave rise to the right wing groups holding marches and rallies to draw out Antifa and respond to their violence with force of their own.
Here’s where we get to a crucial point about Portland and Antifa. Politico reported that federal officials believe Antifa is organized and connected with a national and international organization:
” … [A]uthorities following them believe they are organized via decentralized networks of cells that coordinate with each other. Often, they spend weeks planning for violence at upcoming events…
Dozens of armed anti-fascist groups have emerged, including Redneck Revolt and the Red Guards, according to the reports and interviews. One report from New Jersey authorities said self-described antifa groups have been established in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco.
Some of the DHS and FBI intelligence reports began flagging the antifa protesters before the election.
That means that with federal law enforcement involved could be designated a continuing criminal enterprise and those in it charged with giving material support to a terrorist organization.
For real victims, that means that there is another avenue for justice outside the Leftist Multnomah County Courthouse. And that means the possibilities of civil rights violations charges against Antifa and the system of justice that rewards their violence with light sentences and low bail.
To sum up: Antifa is a violent, anarchistic group, with national and international ties, that uses violence and destruction as a weapon of terror. The Pacific Northwest is the biggest hotbed of this activity. If Portland, Oregon is ground zero, Mike Strickland was patient zero.