Tag Archives: Guns

Prosecution Rests in Strickland Portland Gun Case

The defense now takes over in the Portland gun case. Stay tuned.

See my previous posts on this case:

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

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

Day-2 of Mike Strickland’s trial saw a pivotal moment in the case.

Lawyers for Strickland waived his right to a jury trial and opted to be tried solely by the judge.

Strickland is on trial for pulling his legally licensed, registered gun at protesters and anarchists as they rushed him to assault him–again–at a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX rally last July 7th in downtown Portland.

Court watchers  reported Tuesday that the Portland  jury pool had so many anti-gun, anti-second amendment members that Strickland wouldn’t get a fair trial. One of the prospective  jurors  belonged to a an anti-gun group whose leader was pushing for Strickland to be prosecuted.

The Oregonian reported that 30% of the jury pool was against guns.

Previously, Strickland’s defense team moved for a change of venue which was denied by the judge.

In day-2 testimony, the first prosecution witness was absolutely picked apart by the defense.

Court watchers reported that the cross examination was so thorough that the defense attorneys, Jason Short and Chris Trotter, were able to use the witness’s testimony to their advantage.

Witness John Slaughter is a local sports coach. He’s had gigs at Benson High School and PCC. He’s also a frequent protester and one of the organizers of the July 7 Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event.

Slaughter crossed paths with Strickland when the journalist was videotaping a ‘peaceful’ tribute to Orlando victims.

Activists gathered for the event immediately seized on Strickland, calling him names such as “white nationalist,” “racist” and other labels in an attempt to stop him from videotaping.

Eventually, one man grabbed his camera, explaining  that it was a ‘peaceful’ vigil and that he should leave, but that didn’t stop the hate from being heaped on Strickland by  ‘peaceful’ protesters.

A man wearing a dress began shrieking at Strickland and calling him, wrongly, a “white nationalist” and telling him to “get your white nationalist ass out of here”:

Activists who had gathered for the Orlando tribute were ‘triggered’ by Strickland enough to surround him, push him and try to take his camera away from him.

Let’s pause here for a second and take up the ‘white nationalist’ issue.

This white nationalist label and the left’s copious use of it to describe Strickland appears to come from the journalist’s coverage of the Portland Community College series on “whiteness.” The uncomfortable spotlight on one of the left’s pet issues–white privilege– angered them. Protesters began calling him a racist and white nationalist for showing (and sometimes mocking)  the lectures on his YouTube channel.

Strickland’s stories made national news.

That infuriated the organized left.

After Strickland was arrested for drawing his weapon, PCC and Portland State University, places where he found endless story ideas, immediately banned him from campus. That ban continues today.

Prosecutor Kate Molina used the left’s ‘white nationalist’ and ‘racist’ labels to increase and enhance the charges against Strickland and keep him behind bars for a longer period of time.

Molina never provided proof, rather she relied hearsay reports–from people like John Slaughter, anti-gun crusader (and frequent Strickland object) Penny Okamoto, and, who knows, maybe that guy in the dress, to say Strickland was somehow a racist.

This game of prosecutorial ‘telephone’ cost Strickland plenty. And their adolescent group think cost Strickland his freedom.

Back to the ‘peaceful’ Orlando tribute. Eventually, one man told Strickland he could video him and even gave his job title and phone number for public consumption.

That man was John Slaughter. He was the prosecution’s  first witness.

Slaughter testified that on July 7 a group of anarchists and protesters got together and conspired to go get Strickland. Their aim was to kick him out of the protest to prevent him from covering it.

Of course, he didn’t call it a conspiracy, but that’s what it was. Court watchers told me he also seemed to have no clue that planning an assault  was illegal.

Slaughter was one of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot #PDX event.

  • He testified that Mike’s concealed Glock was openly carried. Wrong.
  • He testified that cops swarmed the place. Wrong.
  • He testified that some of their members were armed. Oops.
  • He didn’t know if his “event” was permitted.
  • He claimed Mike was a racist and troublemaker but testified that members of his group initiated the contact with Mike to get him thrown out.

Prosecutors are hanging their hats on the idea that somehow this protest was “family friendly” and that Mike came to disrupt it as a counter protester.

The organized left knows this isn’t the case, but lied in court to go after the man who holds up a mirror and makes them look at how stupid they’re acting.

As I’ve shared before,  before the July 7th march, self described members of the Black Panthers gave protesters a pep talk about attacking people, shooting cops and, ironically, urging them to carry guns.

One warned protesters that if they saw him go somewhere he “was going in violence.” He menacingly followed Strickland up the street after the journalist put his gun away and was backing away to safety.

And here’s John Slaughter endorsing this ‘family friendly’  violence right along with them:

Actually endorsing violence, plotting a crime and carrying it out has not resulted in Slaughter being banned from PCC, by the way.

This post about the day-2 events is late  because photos from my first post were reported to the court and got one our court watchers banned from the courtroom.

Next up: ‘Victim’ Ben Kerensa takes the stand.

See my previous posts on this case:

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

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

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

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.

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.

 

 

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

By Victoria Taft

Photo Credit: Screenshot/Mike Bluehair
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Mike Bluehair

Mike Strickland was arrested and charged in Portland for pulling a gun at a Black Lives Matter/anarchist protest when a mob converged on him. But now he sits in jail. As one person put it, “[Mike Strickland] is now a political prisoner in Multnomah County.”

First, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. But this video of Laughing at Liberals unholstering his gun and pointing in the direction of Portland anarchists and protesters awoke me from my VictoriaTaft.com slumber. It’s time to sound off.

Second, I’m well acquainted Mike Strickland and his work. Since at least 2010, the videographer has been on the scene in Portland and the northwest chronicling important stories about the organized left. I’ve used the fruits of his labors on my radio program in Portland, on this website, and in my current radio and other work.

We’re not besties, but I should tell you that when I was asked to design an online news platform, he was the one guy I sought to be on my team.  Later, when I had a chance to suggest a videographer for a California state wide candidate, I suggested Mike Strickland. He’s talented and knows when a set of facts equate to a story. I’ve been impressed by his work for himself and also for Jim Hoft’s “Progressives Today” and “Gateway Pundit” where he has done some painstaking and important work — especially on gun rights.

Third, you should know that about a year ago Strickland was attacked by an anti-second amendment filmmaker named Skye Fitzgerald and so badly hurt he was hospitalized and out of work for months. His arm was broken in three places. Though charged with a felony, Fitzgerald was never prosecuted by Multnomah County prosecutors.

Here is the video that I’m told was presented to Multnomah County prosecutors showing the beating. It has not been made public until it was shared on VictoriaTaft.com:

Even with this evidence, the DA chose not to prosecute the filmmaker, though he clearly assaulted and robbed Strickland of all his cameras (which he later returned with erased flash drives/data cards).

Reports from the left and media to the contrary notwithstanding, Strickland’s not a nut or a kook. He’s a serious young man who is fulfilling a calling to expose the manipulations of the left and the media that proliferate and quite literally shout down the voices of opposing points of view in Portland and Oregon. There are probably several things with which I disagree with Mike, Ron Paul fandom comes to mind, but he’s no ‘winger.’ 

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m posting the video from a guy named “Mike Bluehair” who trained his camera on the mob surrounding Strickland in the seconds leading up to the unholstering of his gun and the aftermath. I don’t know “Mike Bluehair,” but the protesters apparently do and trust him (except the Crabbe and Goyle* of the anarchist set, who threatened him for being Strickland’s friend. No idea if that’s true.).

Please do these things:

    • Watch the video.
    • Watch my breakdown of the video.
    • Read for yourself what four cops and one very knowledgeable pro-second amendment activist had to say about the incident.
    • Share this around please. Post this link to your Facebook pages. Tweet this link to your friends. Email this link to your buddies. Instagram the link. Snapchat your reaction and include the link.

And remember: You do not have permission to copy and paste any/all of  the content from this post. Use the link or use nothing at all. Contact me for permissions: Victoria@VictoriaTaft.com.

Watch the video from “Mike Bluehair’s” Channel:

Now, let’s go over the video (I apologize for the differently sized GIFs, but apparently it can’t be helped).

The mob begins to surround Strickland:

gun surround him

The mob keeps coming:

Gun crowd surround 2

Angry looking man and person with green coat converge with crowd:

gun crowd closes in around him

Green jacketed person presumably sees gun and runs:

gun crowd burning girl 4

Strickland draws his weapon to back them off and backs away from the mob:

gun crowd drawn 4

Strickland is asked to holster his weapon by someone off camera and complies:

gun crowd holsters assurance 6

“Mike Bluehair” tells mob to back off to let Strickland back away from the scene:

gun Strickland looks behind him 7

Angry man has to be held back by person in green jacket:

gun crowd hold back 3

Angry man has to be restrained by another protester. Note that green jacket person has now put on Guy Fawkes mask:

gun green jacket mask 10

Strickland tells mob to stop anarchists advancing on him:

gun crowd strickland anarchists 8

The mob follows Strickland as he backs his way up the street:

gun Strickland mob assault guy back 15

Sideways hat advances while gray hoodie guy advances to the side and assaults Strickland:

gun assault 13

The Crabbe and Goyle * of the anarchist set threaten the photog:

gun crabbe and goyle 16

Angry man is back, this time with his anarchist kerchief, and advances toward Strickland:

gun angry man back 15

The rest of the video involves police arriving, arresting Strickland and people being questioned. No one says they were menaced by Strickland.

It’s quite serious to draw your weapon, but if you fear for your life or fear great bodily injury, it’s a defensible thing to do. But that’s just my take. I decided to go to the experts.

I asked four cops to tell VictoriaTaft.com what they saw in this video. I’ve given all of them anonymity because of the explosive nature of this case and, after all, they have to live in the area. The only editing is for clarification and brevity.

First up is a 30+ year veteran who’s still on the job in Oregon:

“Clearly the man was afraid of the crowd. There is no crime committed, the man seemed obviously alarmed by the crowd and was backing away from the threat. Whether the threat was real or not is irrelevant, he felt threatened.”

“There is no crime committed”

Next is a long time cop in Oregon:

“Didn’t see what was going on to cause him to point a weapon initially. Clearly he was being menaced by a crowd hostile to him, who they seem to know. Many wearing full or partial masks, one holding a smoking object toward the gentleman, who was trying to back away.

At one point while backing, one of them got behind him and grabbed at him. Officer repeatedly ask if they felt menaced and he says no. Not sure why he was charged with menacing and disorderly, no victim was identified and a reasonable and prudent person might conclude he feared for his safety.

[N]ot a attorney, but his past assault and circumstances with the crowd might make a case for feeling threatened and he was attempting to leave, the videographer was shouting “If you want to be safe leave”

Menacing is a catch all misdemeanor charge, you might want to review ORS 161.205(5) A person may use physical force upon another person in self-defense or in defending a third person, in defending property, in making an arrest or in preventing an escape, as hereafter prescribed in chapter 743, Oregon Laws 1971. Oh and ORS 161.219(1) Applies to use of Deadly Physical Force.”

“Clearly he was being menaced by a crowd hostile to him, who they seem to know.”

Next is a retired police investigator who was on the job in Oregon:

“Here’s anonymous (please) take. It’s LOL. I have no idea who the videographer is, but he’s got a great set of lines. My impression is that he’s in cahoots with L[a]l, but he’s also asking the cops not shoot him, and I recognize that as leftie bullshit. He said straight out the HE didn’t feel threatened by L[a]L, so there goes a serious charge where HE is concerned and leaves (if unjustified) a charge of pointing a firearm at another.
The stinkin’ Justice Center and Federal building are teeming with cameras which might show what happened earlier, before this video started, which is about the ONLY evidence I would consider AGAINST L[a]L, because this film shows assholes following him and surrounding him in spite of the videographer’s urging them not to.
For a criminal case, it is incomplete and ends with the videographer coaching a man with the words it takes to GET a complaint issued rather than merely asking the questions and listening to the answers.
Beats me, but given the facts of the personages in the crowd and L[a]L’s long history without similar trouble, the most he’d likely face if I was heading this up is a trip to the Grand Jury along with all the “witnesses” (who likely wouldn’t even show up).”
“[G]iven the facts of the personages in the crowd and L[a]L’s long history without similar trouble…”

And finally, a politically connected, retired police administrator in Oregon pointed out the untenable political situation in which the Portland Police Bureau now finds itself:

“It’s difficult to know where to start. [Laughing at Liberals] came ready for trouble because he was armed. It might be that he carries a firearm all the time [editor’s note: Strickland has a legal concealed carry permit and frequently carries].

Generally, provide the kind of calm and strength a community needs circumstances more than anything else. It is here where the confidence in the police force pays huge dividends. That’s one reason why Dallas, for the most part, remains calm even though this shooter was black and the victims were white. 

Yes, and Portland, Oregon is in very sad shape in terms of political and police leadership at this point. I don’t understand how it is that the city has gotten so far out of control and lost the respect of its citizens. 

The cops are doing their best under the circumstances, however when there is so little confidence in the mayor, the city council and their guidance and leadership choices for the Police Bureau, troops on the street are under a great deal of pressure every day.”

I asked former police executive if Strickland had broken the law:

“Tough call. On its face maybe not.”

Then came the political rationale for arresting Strickland in the first place which was to appease the anarchists:

“[O]ften the decision to arrest on the street other than the intent of the law is to address the larger issues in this case: restore or maintain the peace and also to re-establish that the police are in control. 

I am not sure there was any choice in the moment given the facts and the and the need to end the situation. What you to ask yourself is: can we allow the perception that guns drawn in these situations between the citizenry should be the new norm? That is not to say that the charges will stand when the DA has a chance to review the entire set of facts. Of course, by that time, the street has returned to some kind of calm and the situation ends safely.

Unfortunately, once in awhile the probably cause to make an arrest to keep the peace trumps the interest of the individual. In the end, the question becomes proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

A reasonable person may think [Strickland] broke the law but that doesn’t mean his actions will be judged to have been [unlawful].”

 

“Q: Did he break the law? A: On its face maybe not.”

Kevin Starrett of Oregon Firearms Federation told VictoriaTaft.com that this case is giving him sleepless nights.

“I can’t think of a situation that is more appropriate for defensive use of a weapon…”

He says the way in which the prosecutors increased the charges at the arraignment, raised the bail to $250,000 when they would have let anyone else go, the bizarre hearsay entered as ‘fact’ at the hearing, and the fact that the organized left has made Strickland a target with websites have basically made Strickland a pariah:

“[Mike Strickland] is a political prisoner in Multnomah County Jail. That is absolutely the case.”

Starrett says even some gun owners believe Strickland should not have been at the protest in the first place. He’s in that camp. But, he says, “he had every right to be there.” Furthermore, the head of the OFF told VictoriaTaft.com:

“[I]f I were approached by a crowd like that, that I believe intended to do me harm, a deranged mob mentality —  can you win in that situation…probably not.  But I can’t think of a situation that is more appropriate for defensive use of a weapon. He had a right to be there. Was  it a great idea? No. He went into enemy territory. But there are war correspondents in the same situation.”

Starrett says the videographer’s own footage could exonerate him:

“The only video that counts is the one he shot. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it disappears [in prosecutors’ custody].”

And it’s the way forward that has Starrett concerned as well:

“What’s happening now with him is part of a grander thing. They’re determined to make an example out of him. He’s the easiest bone to throw them [the leftist power structure of Portland].”

Starrett told VictoriaTaft.com that OFF is ready to help with attorneys fees, but starting out with an outsized bail is going to sap valuable resources. This issue is bigger than their war chest can cover.
Starrett, who teaches firearms law and self defense law, told VictoriaTaft.com: 
“I have only the videos to go on, but as an instructor I believe that after drawing his firearm, he holstered as soon as he thought it was safe and we tell people to do that.”
Starrett doesn’t hold out much hope that a pro Second Amendment person will get fair treatment in Portland:
“In any rational county they would have carted him off and cited him. Multnomah County is still predisposed against him. After all, he was attacked on video and his attacker was able to walk.”
And then he revealed his worst fear:
“A conservative person cannot expect justice in multnomah county.”

 

A private Facebook page has been set up to give support to Strickland and keep track of his case.

To help defray the costs of Strickland’s defense case, Oregon Firearms Federation is continuing to take donations at its Foundation with a credit card or via snail mail. Checks to the 501c3 organizations can be made out to Oregon Firearms Federation Foundation (marked Mike Strickland defense) and mailed:

PO Box 556
Canby OR
97013503-263-5830 

 

 

*Draco Malfoy’s thuggish friends from the Harry Potter series.

And remember: You do not have permission to copy and paste any/all of  the content from this post. Use the link or use nothing at all. Quotes will be attributed to VictoriaTaft.com. Contact me for permissions: Victoria@VictoriaTaft.com.

 

Baltimore’s ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Real-Time Smear

Days after the Baltimore’s Freddie Gray riots, there was another incident that almost became another apocryphal ‘Hands up, Don’t Shoot’ moment.

A version of his post was originally published by Victoria Taft at PoliticalVanguard.com narrative final

Sometimes you watch the news or hear ‘man on the street’ interviews on the radio and later, when the truth comes out, wonder to yourself, ‘Where did that cockamamie story come from?’

In the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, interviews contained in both the Grand Jury testimony and the federal investigation revealed Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, conceived of the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ narrative and began to spread it around.

Investigators later deemed doubtful Johnson’s ability to see the last seconds of his friend’s life  because of where he claimed to be hiding.

But, by the time he was finished, Johnson was on TV blatantly spouting the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ narrative, and people, later ruled not credible by the authorities,  picked up the story and lied under oath. 

It was untrue but it was everywhere. And even after it was disproved, protesters still used it.

Protesters used the ‘hands up’ meme in Baltimore, well after the world learned it was bogus. 

Just days after the riots in Baltimore, ‘the big lie’ almost happened again. 

A man was stopped by cops and subdued after he pulled out a revolver at Pennsylvania and North — the flashpoint of the original riots.

MSNBC host, Joy Reid, was on the ground and spoke to the “victim’s” relative, who revealed the name of the man “shot” and the fact he was only reaching at his waist band.

Fox News was on live and reported the “shooting”, but walked back the story within minutes. Shepherd Smith apologized and said they’d “screwed up”.

MSNBC never recanted, and instead blamed Twitter for their story.

MSNBC went on the air, with a person actually on the ground, and reported a falsehood for which they never apologized. They also talked to the “victim’s” family member who lied about the incident and never apologized.

But MSNBC was right about one thing: They saw the story on Twitter. I know that because I did too.

The Tweet talked of a shooting and contained a link leading to a live-stream of the “shooting” scene.

And here’s what I saw:

After hearing a gun shot, people came upon the scene only to see a man lying on the ground. Police surrounded him.

Within seconds, a few people on scene began pronouncing the man face down on the ground had ‘been shot’.

Though there was no blood and angry people were close enough to see, the story caught fire.

Soon, a bigger group of angry people converged at the site and, within seconds, a couple of angry men began confronting cops within inches of their faces and accusing them of shooting the black man on the ground. You can hear their voices saying:

     The police shot him!
     They done shot him, bro!
     They shot him?
     They shot in him the back, man!

Another voice rang out urging people to go after one of the cops:

     He’s the cop!
     He’s the cop!

That prompted a man to confront an officer — as if picking a school yard fight — getting within inches of the officer’s face and taunting:

     You shot my man, yo?
     You shot my man, yo?
     You shot my man, yo?

The man recording the event and putting it out over the internet pronounced:

     Hey, police just shot someone!
     Police just shot SOMEONE IN THE BACK!
     Tweet it out, please?
     POLICE JUST SHOT SOMEONE.
     They just shot someone and they maced someone.
     They shot that man in the back.
     Tweet it out.
     BALTIMORE POLICE JUST SHOT A MAN IN THE BACK!
     Now they’re macing people for no reason!

Then he beckoned them to come riot:

     Come to Penn and North now.

Soon, the woman caught on tape and who was used in several TV news stories came along to declare:

I watched that man shoot him!
I watched it with my own eyes!

Guy taking video:

     File a report on the M******F****r!

He escalated his rhetoric and urged riot again:

    Come down to Penn & North NOW!
    Those M*****F*****r cops.
    They maced someone.
    Tweet it out!

And someone did. And that’s when I saw it and MSNBC News did, too.

But just when you think things could spin out of control, they got worse. Someone’s voice in the crowd authoritatively pronounced:

     They just shot that man in the back.

The person recording the event embellished:

     Baltimore police just shot a man in the back.
     Baltimore police just shot that man in the back.
     THEY HAD HIM IN CUFFS AND THEY F*****G SHOT IN HIM THE BACK!

Almost none of what they said was true. They just made it up.

Police did pepper spray some of the people who were getting out of control and pushed them down the street and out of the way of the take down.

A Baltimore police officer told anyone who asked him that the man was seen with the gun. WBAL radio reported he’d been spotted via the ‘City Crime Watch’ camera. When he saw cops, he reached for his gun, dropped it, the gun discharged and cops seized upon him:

A fleeing suspect pulled out a revolver, which went off, and no officers fired their weapons, police said, denying conflicting reports from people at the scene.

If that guy had been shot by officers another big lie would have gathered even more momentum. As it was, this was bad enough.
Later, the paid professional protesters, of whom Deray McKesson is one, launched an assault on the media.

Deray was on the ground in Ferguson and won some fame for his activism there. Then he packed his bags and showed up in Baltimore. He was identified by Wolf Blitzer of CNN as a Baltimore community organizer. Deray, originally from Baltimore, is not.

I’d show you Deray McKesson’s original tweet, but he blocked me after I outed him as a professional peripatetic protester.

Wresting the narrative is important.

Trayvon Martin thought George Zimmerman was gay and was worried the neighborhood watch captain would sexually ‘molest’ him. We found that out in Zimmerman’s trial from none other than Martin’s girlfriend, Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin as he eyed the man watching him.

The teenager was also high on marijuana, his toxicology tests showed THC in his system when he got into it with Zimmerman.

And he was coming back from the store where he purchased items to make ‘Sizzurp’ to get another high. But to the media and in the world of the Reverend Al Charlatan, Martin was a be-haoloed teen angel who was just trying to get home with his Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea.

Michael Brown was a 6’4″ 300lb ‘Gentle Giant’ who wouldn’t hurt a fly. He traveled the streets of Ferguson in his cap and gown, setting an example for all youth while readying himself for his college career. He was only trying to comply with Officer Darren Wilson. He put his hands up and innocently pleaded with the malevolent Officer not to hurt him.

Reality: He ‘jacked up an old Asian man at the store, took a bunch of Swisher Sweets to roll blunts and attacked a cop, going for his gun.

Things in Baltimore were bad enough. Six cops are under indictment. You don’t have to lie to make things look bad, they already are.

The left tried to make it worse, foment riots and create another urban legend and new narrative. And you saw it in real time.

IJR: Oregon Sheriff Explains Why He Won’t Enforce a Proposed Gun Control Measure Even If It’s the Law

The Josephine County, Oregon Sheriff Says He Can’t be Bothered to Enforce the Proposed Law

Sheriff-Dave-Daniel

One of my latest stories from Independent Journal Review:

An Oregon sheriff has voiced opposition to a proposed law that would require a background check on the private sale of guns. So, he just plans to ignore the law if it passes.

The Herald News Tribune reports that Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel repeated his position to a group of gun rights activists, saying the law doesn’t seem in line with the county charter.

Daniel added that the violation would only be a misdemeanor and that budget cutbacks don’t allow him to enforce such low-priority crimes:

Read the rest here: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/04/301647-oregon-sheriff-says-new-anti-gun-law-books-pretty-low-priority-list/

IJR: Anti-Gun Group Puts Adult Words in Kids’ Mouths to Cut the NRA Down to Size

Michael Bloomberg’s latest anti gun group uses ‘the children’ again to make a point — but does it work?

gun victoria taft independent journal review

The group ‘Everytown for Gun Safety‘ has produced a new commercial it hopes will cut its prime nemesis — the NRA — down to pint size.

The newest anti-gun group funded by Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg features children reading the words of NRA executive Wayne LaPierre. They call the spot, Lil’ Waynes (LaPierre).

Bloomberg is just the latest to put adult words into children’s mouths in hopes of making a desired target look childish.

Read more here: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/04/291788-anti-gun-group-uses-fad-putting-adult-words-kids-mouths-cut-enemies-size/

Clackamas Co Woman Is Gun Supporters Worst Nightmare: ‘Put a Gun to Your Head!’

Clackamas Gun Rights Meeting Brings Out the Typical Anti Gun Citizen.

gun

In a meeting in which Clackamas County Commissioners passed a symbolic resolution in support of the Second Amendment, a woman rose to give testimony.

Her testimony is as inaccurate as it is hysterical; as vapid as it is wrong; as ridiculous as it is hilarious.

Thanks to Laughing at Liberals, it is now available for all to see. He also transcribed her words for your reading pleasure:

The 2nd Amendment was written 1776… every town had guns, they were kept in the armories… We do have armories, but we use them to house the Red Cross when there’s a disaster”… “All of these law abiding citizens are shooting back and forth in front of our house”… “To get that gun, we walked into Wal Mart, went up to the gun counter, showed them our license, he bought the gun and carried it out… That’s how difficult the background check was”… “You talk about big money coming in. What do you call the NRA and all of the gun manufacturers that are making the NRA nothing but a publicity arm”…”But to sit and say absolutely no change, you might as well put a gun to your head, because that is sheer stupidity

Yes, by all means, lady, encourage people to ‘put a gun to your head’.

From the Zero:

Commissioners Tootie Smith, Paul Savas and Chair John Ludlow voted in favor of the resolution; Martha Schrader abstained. Jim Bernard had an excused absence from Thursday’s business meeting, but previously indicated he would have voted in favor of the resolution given the opportunity.

Ah, yes, Martha Schrader. Stay tuned for that story. 

Oregon Medical Association top doc at Gabby Gifford event says f**k gun rights laws

Claim: “When women die in Oregon, they die at the hands of guns.” Which means that we’ve beaten heart disease and cancer, ladies!

Photo: Dayight Disinfectant
Photo: Dayight Disinfectant

Daylight Disinfectant was given extraordinary access to a recent anti gun confab with shooting victim turned anti gun activist former Congresswoman Gabby Gifford recently in Portland, Oregon.
Between comments suggesting gun grabbing laws be cloaked under the guise of public health standards like seatbelt laws, there were self satisfied smiles, and much anthropomorphizing of guns (when guns are dangerous…), it was quite a smug fest.

They claim to love victims, but seeks to create more through their efforts to curb access. Watch the video.

 

Piers Morgan exits CNN

I wish no ill on any man. Here’s the “but”: Piers was a disaster at CNN and needed to go. Now, instead of riding the anti gun hobby horse to a ratings bonanza, CNN is hoping the Malaysian Air disaster will do the same. Good luck.
piers morgan goodbye
And reaction?


Yeah, like he says,


But, good news, he’s got a job offer,


As he said goodbye, his twitter feed played a parade of images of Piers’ ‘gets,’ including Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton. Huh, didn’t see Ben Shapiro’s visage there. Well, here it is for your listening enjoyment,

*Audio* Congressman sends BATFE a howler over San Diego gun dealer raid

hunter letterCongressman Duncan Hunter sends BATFE demand letter about raid at gun dealer Ares Armor.

San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter has fired off a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) demanding an explanation of the raid of the San Diego area Ares Armor gun stores.

As you can see in my backgrounder here, Ares Armor CEO Dimitri Karras is fighting back against the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ raid on March 15th at his store fronts and storage facilities in San Diego county carting off all theares armor 80 lower

computers containing customer information.

Karras sold “80% lower receivers” at his National City store. Eighty percent lowers are the foundations of gun. They don’t shoot, yet the BATFE has now changed its position, according to Karras, and considers the plastic handle a “gun” it has the right to regulate. This is tantamount to regulators saying they should be able to tax the receiver of a landline as a functioning phone. 

On Friday I talked with Karras on KOGO Radio (Listen here) about what happens next. He’s lawyered up and they’re in a waiting mode until the Feds are done with their “investigation.”