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Antifa Wins, Self Defense Loses in Oregon Appeals Court

First he was beaten by the mob, then he was ‘beaten’ by the so-called “justice” system in Oregon.

More from me later, but the Oregon Appeals Court has ruled against Mike Strickland’s self defense case after an Antifa mob beat him and came back for more at a public protest in July of 2016.

What a travesty.

Next step is the Oregon State Supreme Court.

This is what Mike is saying today about the disappointing ruling.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Michael Strickland’s response to the Oregon Court Of Appeals opinion.

Greetings! Michael Strickland here. Some of you may remember me as the
news videographer who was attacked by a gang of masked thugs while I
was at work, filming a protest in downtown Portland on July 7th, 2016.
This gang, dressed in black with masks over their faces and sticks in
hand, encircled me from behind, led by a 400 pound multi time federal
felon by the name of Benjamin Kerensa. They began to push and shove me
while shouting “YOU NEED TO GET THE F*** OUT OF HERE!” In response to
what I perceived as unlawful physical force, and further imminent
unlawful physical force as I attempted to retreat and avoid an
altercation, fearing that I was about to be beaten and robbed, I chose
to act in what I believed to be self defense, in accordance with
Oregon’s self defense laws. With no police to be seen, I was left to
fend for myself. I drew my legally carried firearm, pointed it at
several individuals whom I perceived as threats, and issued verbal
commands for them to get back and leave me alone. The mob of thugs
finally backed off, and they ceased to be threats, so I reholstered
without firing a round or harming so much as a fly. This was based off
of the numerous firearms training courses I had attended over the
years, included instruction from DPSST instructors, the same people
who train and certify police officers.

Everything that I did was in reaction to what others were doing to me.

I was the one arrested and charged with multiple felonies, while the
violent thugs who instigated the entire altercation are considered to
be the innocent victims. As much as people cite the 2nd Amendment in
my case, I think this is a 1st Amendment case as its core. Does a
person have the right to be in a public area, filming a public event,
in exercise of their 1st Amendment right to freedom of the press, or
does a gang of masked terrorists have the right to use physical force,
threats, and intimidation to prevent a person from being in a public
area, filming a public event?

Unfortunately for the community, I was found guilty of 21 counts,
including 10 felonies, for not wanting to be beaten and robbed.

Throughout the ordeal, I witnessed deputy district attorney Kate
Molina cite false police reports from prior events that were untrue,
lying to judges, in an effort to further punish me. During pre trial
hearings, Judge Thomas Ryan ruled that we do not get a change of venue
based on the untrue and defamatory things that Molina said about me
that were parroted by local media. Judge Ryan also ruled that any
mention of a prior event from 2015 when violent “documentarian” Skye
Fitzgerald had stolen two video cameras from me and body slammed me to
the pavement, shattering my arm and leaving me partially disabled is
inadmissible in this case, with Judge Ryan saying that that incident
does not play into ones mindset, which is untrue because it certainly
did play into my mindset. How a judge, or anyone, can tell someone
else what was going through their mind is impossible to ascertain. My
statements to the detectives were also ruled to be inadmissible, as I
had stated to them how the gang had attacked me and how I was in fear.
One of the things I was being charged with was “Unlawful Use Of A
Weapon” which has multiple definitions, and the judge ruled that
prosecutors Molina and Todd Jackson don’t have to state which part of
the law they were charging me with, thus leaving me with an impossible
defense because I didn’t know what I was defending myself against.
Perhaps most egregious of all was the fact that Molina and Jackson
claimed there were ten “victims” yet could only produce two of them;
the aforementioned Ben Kerensa and Malcolm Chaddock, who served as a
distraction by being yet another individual who was circling me from
behind, leaving Kerensa free to make a run up along my blind side. I
was denied the right to face my accusers. Judge Thomas Ryan also
allowed the DA’s to put on an ambush “expert” witness after both sides
had rested. This “expert” witness, Gresham police officer Ryan
Rasmussen, was not listed on any witness list. Rasmussen was not a
witness to the incident, but rather he was there to testify as to how
someone is trained in the use of firearms. Rasmussen has no experience
with firearms in the civilian world, has no certifications to train
civilians, and has never had an Oregon Concealed Handgun License. His
testimony was only applicable to how police officers are trained.
Furthermore, Rasmussen testified that police cannot draw their
firearm, point it at hostile individuals, not shoot, and then
reholster. Officer Rasmussen testified under oath that the only time a
police officer should draw their firearm is when they are shooting.
Rasmussen was also caught lying on the stand by claiming that police
do not use any sort of use-of-force continuum or chart, which is
untrue because he himself had previously referenced one such chart.
Throughout the trial there were multiple witnesses who lied about a
variety of things on the witness stand, including how many times I
drew my firearm (which was only once), when I had drawn it, in what
manner I was carrying, how many police were present, and more. These
were proven to be lies by the copious amounts of video evidence.

You can view videos of the altercation, including a mutli angle video
with my commentary, along videos of people’s testimony showing how
they lied, and some of the other outrageous things that happened
during this experience on my youtube channel,
www.youtube.com/LaughingAtLiberals . Victoria Taft has also done
several blog articles on the case at www.victoriataft.com .

By declaring me guilty, Judge Thomas Ryan has essentially ruled that a
person does not have a 1st Amendment right to be in a public area,
filming a public event, and that a gang of violent thugs have the
legal right and lawful authority to use force to eject a person from a
public area.

To make matters worse, throughout various different time periods since
I was attacked, I have been banned from engaging in numerous different
1st Amendment activities, which had the effect of banning me from
working. That’s right, I’m threatened with arrest and imprisonment if
I engage in what used to be our 1st Amendment rights. That should send
shivers down the spines of everyone in Oregon, especially other
members of the media. Not only is the 1st Amendment now nullified, but
self defense in Oregon is now a thing of the as well.

Since my actions were solely in self defense, I appealed the ruling.
My attorney on the appeal, Robert Barnes, cited all of the above
errors and more in our written appeal. The appeal centered mainly
around my mindset, since all evidence relating to my mindset, my
experiences, my training, my knowledge of how protests can sometimes
turn violent, and my knowledge of antifa and anarchist groups were all
ruled to be inadmissible. The “reasonableness” of me acting in self
defense is certainly based on all of those things. The reasonable man
standard must include the subjective aspect, what’s reasonable to me
with my experiences, my training, and my knowledge. We cited several
different case laws that pertain to these things and more.

Even the DA’s ambush expert witness was forced to concede that I had
properly assessed some of those individuals as threats and that I was
justified in drawing down on at least some of them.

Today, April 1st, 2020, appropriately enough on April Fools Day, the
Oregon Court Of Appeals released their opinion on State v Strickland,
affirming the lower court’s finding of guilt. The text of their
“opinion” can be found at
https://cdm17027.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17027coll5/id/26442/rec/1
. These are the same appeals court judges who have sided with rapists
and murderers in past cases over the years, overturning their cases,
giving preference to those who prey on the weak, leaving them free to
strike again.

This ruling legalizes mob violence. Applying the same standard, the
KKK now have the legal right and lawful authority to attack people of
color on the street and chase them away from public areas, and it’s
the person of color who is guilty of crimes if they try to stop the
KKK from attacking them.

What’s more, all of these legal standards of what prosecutors can and
can’t do and what is and isn’t admissible can be applied to anyone
else just the same. Now prosecutors can cite false police reports and
claim someone is part of a gang, when in fact the person is not. They
can claim someone is racist, or a child molester, or a bank robber,
when if fact the person is not. Prosecutors no longer need to produce
victims in crimes, as merely vague descriptions without names is now
sufficient. Prosecutors are now allowed to put forth ambush witnesses
after both sides rest. Judges and pre trial release officers can now
ban people from engaging in 1st Amendment rights, be it to protest,
engage in free press, or other aspects of free speech. Prosecutors can
now successfully move that all evidence relating to a defendant’s
mindset, training, and knowledge is inadmissible.

I have little doubt that corrupt district attorneys have been pulling
these sort of unethical stunts on countless people over the years.
These disgusting tactics are used every day to go after the poor, the
disadvantaged, people of color, those in the LGBT community,
immigrants, those with mental disorders, people suffering from
addiction, and more. My appeal is the community’s best chance at
getting these shady practices overturned.

In the appeals court ruling, Judges Armstrong, Tookey, and Shorr
erroneously summed up the circumstances of the incident by making
claims that: A ) I was open carrying at the event, which is untrue. I
was concealed carrying as I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. B
) That it was only four people who ganged up on me when in fact it was
initially seven, and that number varied as people were running in and
out of the scene, as seen on video. Perhaps they need to frame it as
fewer than five, since five or more people engaging in that kind of
behavior constitutes the crime of RIOT on their part. And C) They
claim that Kerensa got physically aggressive with me after seeing that
I had a gun, which is untrue, as I did not reveal the gun until after
he had begun his violent attack on me. Perhaps they are trying to
frame it as though Kerensa was the one acting in self defense after he
deliberately staged a fight with me that I wanted no part of.

All of these things were disputed during the trial, so I don’t know
how these judges are able to state these things as “undisputed” facts.

In my continuing efforts to clear my name, I will now be taking this
case to the Oregon Supreme Court for further review. I have no
intention of giving up this battle until the rulings are reversed, I
am vindicated, and I get my rights back, regardless of whatever court
I need to take this to and however long it takes.

I am available for interviews, presentations, and other appearances.
For your articles I hope you use this picture of me
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16FH1zlAFKAXTYkC4ePu_M5QYWGoEHiPt/view
or this one https://drive.google.com/open?id=1R42xs3Rn-0KSjda0xfGvRvpD19lQ972Z

After Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Refused to Ban Masks at Protests, Police ‘Discover’ They Can’t ID Antifa Perps

Portland Police rolled up 13 Leftist Antifa rioters who came to clash with ‘Patriot Prayer’ and ‘Proud Boys’ demonstrators at a planned demonstration by the right-wing groups on August 17th.

Before the August 17th event, which saw plenty of illegal and disgusting behavior by the Antifa protesters, Mayor Ted Wheeler condemned the right-wing groups, dismissing them as hateful outsiders who didn’t ‘belong here.’

He said nothing about the far Left Antifa, whose antics have cost Portlanders their safety as well as millions of dollars to clean up after them.

So feeble has been Wheeler’s response that he couldn’t even bring himself to ban Antifa’s masks, something that Police Chief Danielle Outlaw asked him to do.

Now what are Portland Police are reduced to? Asking for help to identify people with masks over their faces.

Sure, guys, we’ll get right on it.

Portland police also asked for help in identifying this person next to the guy in a mask:

This regular Antifa member was last seen spitting on Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson at the Cider Riot! clash. As I reported, Gibson was the one charged with riot for his behavior. Her assaultive behavior was never charged.

Nice ‘burqa,’ ‘lady.’

You may remember that in Michael Strickland’s case, eight of his ten “victims” who attacked him couldn’t be identified because they were masked. Nevertheless, the Multnomah County District Attorney counted them as victims anyway and issued two felonies each on behalf of each of Strickland’s victims. Charges that could have put the man in prison for 50 years. His conviction for drawing his legally concealed pistol at his attackers (no shots were fired) is on appeal. See a variety of the stories about him here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here … there are lots more. Just do a search on this site.

Now the police need help identifying these people … because Ted Wheeler won’t order them unmasked.

Try Not to Laugh As Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Tells Fox News That Portland Does ‘Not Tolerate’ ‘Violent’ Protests

There he was, Ted Wheeler on “Fox News” mayorsplaining that Portland does not “tolerate” ‘violence” or “vandalism” at protests.

For anyone who’s watched the Portland’s Professional Protesters™ over the years this was new intelligence. After the initial burst of incredulous laughter, one seriously had to wonder where Ted had been all these years.

Presumably, the man who’s served on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and statewide office, remembers history, even on his own watch as Portland’s top elected official. Is it possible that he could have missed May Day violence – any May Day – in Portland? Had he forgotten anarchist violence and vandalism on any given day? Did he honestly not remember attacks by Antifa in the days after election day? The violence? The vandalism? Remember the trail of violence along Hawthorne all those years ago? The threats? Screaming animal ‘rights’ protesters putting Portland taxpaying companies out of business? Photos of blown up SUV’s set afire by the eco protesters? Surrounding OSU researcher homes and threatening their lives? Broken windows at the GOP HQ? Did he not remember the unprovoked attacks on Michael Strickland and Andy Ngo? Did he honestly not see Antifa protesters and Black Lives Matter protesters blocking traffic and chasing an elderly man down the street? Has he forgotten about local jihadis and “The Family?” The Occupy IED’s? Assault on the cops?

I’ve been quite seriously covering the Portland Professional Protesters™ for nearly 20 years. Ted Wheeler apparently missed it all. Maybe his head’s been down the overflowing toilet at Occupy Portland all this time … ?

Wheeler blamed the “far right” for apparently all problems on the Portland protest scene:

We’re seeing a rise in hate speech and in intolerance, in division, in racism. And all of these things are coming to a head. … We’re seeing more people from the far right, including white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and others that are coming to Portland because they know that there will be a conflict. And that’s what they want, they want conflict … and in

Ted Wheeler

Oh, look. Here’s Antifa. That’s a lead weight in one guy’s hand a double brass knuckles on the other guy’s hands.

When interrupted by the host who asked if Antifa bore any responsibility for this violence (duh), Wheeler shrugged off Antifa’s violent past and stuck with his story that all the violence comes from out of state protesters.

Host: “Well, what about Antifa’s part in that though it’s not as if Antifa’s not looking for a fight I mean you don’t see them as equally to blame in this …?”


Wheeler: “Look it, again, when it comes to enforcement of community standards. We support peoples right to demonstrate. We support peoples’ rights. It’s about enforcing the law and that’s what we’re going to do.

Fox News

Wheeler seems to be saying that Antifa is part of Portland’s progressive culture and the ‘outsiders’ are here to cause conflict. He seems to think that anyone who takes issue with Antifa is “intolerant” or worse, white nationalist etc. This is interesting. There’s more diversity in Patriot Prayer than in Antifa.

With this white wash interview, Wheeler showed he will ignore Antifa and its violence and embrace this far Left socialist group’s attack on speech.

PDX Judge Shoots Down Antifa Ally Ben Kerensa’s Attempt to Get His Victim, Michael Strickland, to Stop Saying His Name.

In a Portland courtroom today, videographer Mike Strickland was forced to defend his right to literally speak the names of the people who conspired to get him thrown out of an Antifa & Black Lives Matter march and rally in 2016. This time the good guys won.

Ben Kerensa and John Slaughter

The people who conspired to get Strickland thrown out of a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot Portland rally and march in 2016 set in motion two physical attacks on Strickland.

Here are two of his attackers. Nice stick ya got there.

Laughing at Liberals

When a group of thugs came back to finish off Strickland he drew his legally concealed pistol to back off them off. No shots were fired, but Strickland, not the thugs who attacked him, was prosecuted and jailed. His Antifa attackers were miraculously changed into ‘victims.’

Strickland’s ‘Victims’

You can call this ‘Portland Justice,’ where Leftist ‘protesters’ from Domestic Terrorists Earth First, anarchists, Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front to Black Bloc/Antifa are allowed to vandalize, disrupt, chase cars, ‘direct’ traffic and assault while the law abiding are expected to be their willing and complicit collateral damage. City Hall and institutional Portland are their willing stooges.

At trial, Molina believed Antifa’s lies about Strickland being a “white nationalist” (sound familiar?) and, without evidence of such an absurd notion, got a judge to add felony charges to the two misdemeanors. In February 2017 he was found guilty on all charges. Strickland stood to go to prison for 50 years. Antifa, with the help of Portland prosecutors and police, had successfully silenced him.

Laughing at Liberals/YouTube

Strickland served 41 days in jail. His gun rights, ability to make a living, First Amendment and Second Amendment rights were stripped from the video journalist.

Today in court, the DA Kate Molina, the prosecutor with the magic beans who transfigured Antifa thugs into Strickland’s ‘victims,’ did Antifa’s bidding again by arguing that yet another First Amendment gag order be added to Strickland’s probation to shut him up about naming one of the conspirators against him: Ben Kerensa. The initial complaint also sought to get “third parties” to stop using Kerensa’s name. That would be me presumably.

Black Bloc Clad Antifa Benjamin Jacob Kerensa at a ‘free speech rally’ in 2017. Now he seeks to silence Strickland from speaking his name.

‘He Who Shall Not Be Named’ is a multiple felon, having done multiple stretches in federal and state prisons, for, among other things, calling in a bomb threat on a major Silicon Valley confab in San Francisco, impersonating police and FBI officers, among other things.

Here’s part of Kerensa’s rap sheet, as I reported in 2017:

He called in a bomb threat to the Moscone Convention Center. The entire place, including the thousands assembled for Oracle World as well as other conventioneers, were evacuated.

And it wasn’t a one-off. While San Francisco Police told me the reports from the incident were difficult to get their hands on, an article on the bomb threat at the time made clear that Kerensa was a pro at this.

Kerensa made threats to his former employer, the AMC 1000 Theater,  the Moscone Center, a building at the UN Plaza, a federal building and the Navy vessel, the USS Cleveland. And he did it all from the mayoral candidate’s office [where he was ‘volunteering’ and living in the office space]…

Feb 2017 VictoriaTaft.com

Now after doing time and moving to Oregon and becoming part of the hacking and far Left protest culture, the felon and fabulist is believed by many protest watchers to be an informant to the Portland Police Bureau. When you’re pretending to be a police officer and FBI agent as Kerensa has, it stands to reason why he’d want to curry favor with officers. Maybe this is why Kerensa has found such a friend in Portland prosecutors.

Kerensa’s plea to keep Strickland from speaking his name fell short, however, as much as DDA Kate Molina tried to help her Antifa ally.

See how Multnomah Probation officials tried to get Strickland’s probation dependent upon “third parties” (me) to shut up about Ben Kerensa:

Shockingly, the same judge who convicted Strickland refused to grant Molina and Kerensa’s request to shut him up. Strickland still is not allowed to video or report on any of Portland’s protests, which provided his livelihood on his popular YouTube channel called “Laughing at Liberals.

Strickland made this video after the proceeding. You’ll note that he doesn’t use Kerensa’s name so as not to inflame the political prosecutors and probationers who have eight more months to make his life a living hell.

Strickland’s case is on appeal.

After arguing his case before the Oregon Appeals Court, attorney, Robert Barnes told VictoriaTaft.com:

…[T]his case is bigger than one person. … If this can happen to him here it can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it means that nobody is safe [from Antifa]. And that’s why this case is so significant.”

VictoriaTaft.com

Barnes is seeking to vacate Strickland’s first conviction and restore his civil rights.

Trump Calls Portland State Cow Bell Incident – Which Drowned Out Mike Strickland – “Disgraceful” in Signing Exec Order on Campus Free Speech

President Trump called the incident involving the Antifa/Anarchist cow bell ringer drowning out a speaker at Portland State University earlier this month “disgraceful” and “horrible” on Thursday.

The Cow Bell Boy drowned out Portland journalist Mike Strickland for more than an hour before he left. Police stood by watching as Strickland was prevented from giving his presentation on his notorious Portland case. Eventually, order was restored because the Antifa cow bell ringing hype man and his two wingmen left. They were never cited by Campus Police.

Antifa Hype Man Disrupted Mike Strickland Speech for More Than an Hour on March 6 at Portland State University as Police Stood By and Let It Happen

Trump said,

“Even as universities have received billions and billions of dollars from taxpayers many have been increasingly hostile to free speech and to the First Amendment, you see it all the time.

You turn on the news and you see things that are horrible. You see people being punched hard in the face. …And you’ve seen the cow bell scene. You saw that horrible scene. That was a disgraceful thing at a school, at a university.”

CBS News reported that Trump’s Executive Order would make schools pay for crowding out conservative voices on campus:

“The president’s executive order Thursday is meant to pressure schools to permit free speech and expression on college campuses. Mr. Trump has threatened to pull federal funding if they don’t. The First Amendment already prohibits the government from quashing free speech.”

“The president’s executive order Thursday is meant to pressure schools to permit free speech and expression on college campuses. Mr. Trump has threatened to pull federal funding if they don’t. The First Amendment already prohibits the government from quashing free speech.”

While CBS News is correct that “the First Amendment already prohibits the government from quashing free speech,” the reality on campus is quite different as you can see from the video taken of the Cow Bell Boy in action:


Michael Strickland Tells Own Story of Portland State/ College Republican Free Speech Event-Turned-Antifa-Free-Speech-Killing, Cow Bell Ringing Free-for-All

“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.

Read the rest of Strickland’s story hereand read all of my stories about the Strickland case here.

Fox News Spot Lights Antifa Cow Bell Boy Drowning Out College Republicans’ Strickland Free Speech Event at Portland State

Michael Strickland’s ‘free speech’ event before the College Republicans at Portland State University became a car-crash of an event after Antifa-Anarchist (but I repeat myself) ‘protesters’ disrupted it by ringing a cowbell incessantly and shouting to drown out Strickland’s speech. See my stories on it here, here, here, and here.

Cow Bell Boy dingles his dangle to interrupt Mike Strickland.

Fox host Laura Ingraham took the measure of what happened Tuesday night by stating, “The chilling effect continues, long after the event is disrupted.” She lead her program off with the topic which she named “The Anti-Free Speech Thugs.”

It’s an apt description.

Strickland’s YouTube channel Laughing at Liberals posted Ingraham’s segment:

Ingraham reported that her staff called 17 Portland State University administrators for comment and only one – the PR guy – sent her this richly ironic statement, which reads in part:

We commit to inclusion of historically marginalized communities and those underrepresented in higher education.”

Ingraham laughed and told her guests that conservatives are among the most marginalized communities on any campus.

Among those commenting on the case were Portland area journalist Andy Ngo, Professor Victor David Hanson and Dinesh D’Souza who’s had these Leftist tactics used on him many times before.

Stories of Strickland being attacked by Antifa and drawing his weapon (no shots were fired) to defend himself are here. The journalist was jailed and his First and Second Amendment rights stripped. His case is on appeal.

Video: Antifa Cow Bell Boy Who Drowned Out Strickland Portland State Free Speech Event Brags, “I’ve been totally successful, I’ve shut this entire Sh** down all by myself.” Wow.

As I’ve reported here and here, the Antifa/Anarchist protester who disrupted a presentation on free speech by Mike Strickland was bragging about his ‘success’ within hours of leaving Portland State University Tuesday night:

In fact, as you may have seen by the video taken by journalist Andy Ngo and picked up by The Daily Caller, Cow Bell Boy was bragging about how he’d “shut this entire shit down all by myself” before he left to go home to his mom’s basement:

Portland Leftist Crashes College Republicans Meeting

How the left promotes free speech…

Posted by The Daily Caller on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Videographer Nate Millsap verbally challenged the protester and his buddies to state their business instead of simply shutting down the speaker. See how that went here.

After the more than hour-long disruption, Mike Strickland was able to continue to talk about his case, freedom and liberty, albeit a truncated version.

Free speech my ass.

Strickland was prosecuted for pulling his licensed concealed carry handgun to stop a phalanx of Antifa protesters who had conspired to beat him out of a July 2016 Don’t Shoot Portland/Black Lives Matter protest. They’d already beaten him once at the same event. No shots were fired. In fact, Strickland was so poised during the onslaught that his finger never came close to the trigger. For defending himself he was sent to jail. His case is on appeal.

Once-Banned Strickland Back on PSU Campus to Address College Republicans About ‘Liberty’

Mike Strickland, the citizen journalist attacked by Antifa at a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot Portland rally in 2016, is finally coming back to PSU. He’ll be a featured speaker at the College Republicans group on March 5th at 7pm.

Strickland was banned by the University after Antifa protesters attacked the journalist twice for filming the rally, provoking him to draw his legally concealed handgun to back them off. No shots were ever fired. In fact, the trained concealed handgun carrier kept his finger well away from the trigger.

The University, as well as Portland Community College, banned Strickland within mere days of his arrest for a period of two years even though the incident didn’t occur on any campus.

Strickland and fellow Citizen Journalist Dan Sandini Outside Multnomah County Courthouse after Strickland’s arraignment July 8, 2016

Though the incident didn’t occur near any of the campuses, Strickland was well known by campus administrators for reporting on the speeches, marches and antics of the University professors and protesters. Protesters included the Occupy, Antifa, IWW (Wobblies) and ISO, as well as the usual Portland Professional Protesters, Incorporated™ social justice, environmentalist, anti-Israel groups. Strickland’s reports on those campuses made national news. University and College administrators saw an opportunity to keep their well known antagonist off campus and took it.

Strickland could be known as Victim Zero. Before Ann Coulter, Milo Yianoppolous, Ben Shapiro and others were bullied off campuses due to the violent fiery temper tantrums by what has come to be known as Antifa protesters, Strickland was banned from campus on the say-so of Antifa radicals and due to the overzealous prosecution of Leftist prosecutor Kate Molina of the Multnomah County DA’s office.

UC Berkeley Antifa protesters throw fiery tantrum because they don’t want to hear conservative gay Jewish speaker Milo Yiannopoulos/ YouTube

The above-mentioned protesters will likely attempt to interrupt Strickland’s compelling talk.

On Tuesday evening Strickland plans to talk about liberty and how the First Amendment was “invalidated” by judges, college administrators and Antifa during and after the July 2016 incident.

They shouldn’t interrupt it. They should sit down, shut up, listen and learn because they may be next.

The Oregon Firearms Federation has set up a defense fund for Strickland. Give generously here.

This Should Be the REAL ‘Tourist’ Video About Portland, Oregon & Antifa

Here’s the latest ‘tourist’ video about Portland, Oregon. Oops, watch out for the communist black bloc ‘traffic controllers.’

“The new Portland travel commercial, brought to you by the Ted Wheeler doing absolutely nothing!”

To read about the first victim of Antifa in Portland, start here, here and here.

Strickland Attorney Robert Barnes Drops a Truth Bomb About Antifa & Portland ‘Justice’ and It’s a Stunner

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

Strickland is believed to be Antifa’s ‘victim zero.

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’:

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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.

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One of his attackers was 400 pound Benjamin Kerensa, a convicted bomb hoaxer, hacker, law enforcement impersonator, fabulist and Antifa ally.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Comedian Tim Young couldn’t believe that the victim was being transformed into the perpetrator in the car chasing attack,

“Are you supposed to sit in your car until they’re finished?”

Robert Barnes, noted defense attorney and Strickland’s appeals attorney, had a ready answer for Young:

He laid out a few more truth bombs on ‘justice’ in Portland:

Michael Santella summed up what appears to be wrong with the Peoples Republic of Portland – no leadership or political will to stop the mob:

Portland’s laissez faire attitude toward thugs on the streets has taken a toll on the city’s reputation and on the citizens’ sense of equal justice in Multnomah County:

Roy Batty put it a different way. Antifa taking over the streets is simply “government sanctioned anarchy:”

Batty will get his wish. Strickland’s appeals case will be heard soon.

Go here for some necessary background on the Strickland case.

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

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

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

See most of my posts about this case here.

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

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

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

He is a dangerous man.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those statements were not only unfair, they were untrue.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on this later.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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