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How a False Police Report Was Used by Multnomah County DA to Run Up Bail & Deprive Mike Strickland of His Liberty

On July 7, 2016, Mike Strickland, known as “Laughing at Liberals” on YouTube, was attacked by Antifa/Black Bloc anarchist/Black Lives Matter protesters at an event which billed itself as “Don’t Shoot Portland.”

In the run-up to the march and anti-gun protest, self described Black Panther organizers, including Jeelani Mutulu Haru Shareef, urged protesters to  carry guns, “run up” on cops and use guns to take out cops who might hurt protesters.

“If you see me move, I’m moving in violence.” 

PCC women’s basketball coach John Slaughter, one of the organizers of the ironically named “Don’t Shoot” event,  was also one the men conducting the pre-march instructions before the march and rally.

Holding his toddler, Slaughter urged the crowd to get out of the way if they couldn’t hurt cops and let others do it for them. He yelled so fiercely to the gathered (mostly white) crowd that his toddler started crying.

During the protest-march, Strickland was roughed up by a cell of Antifa protesters led by Ben Kerensa, the hefty 300 400 pound computer hacker, bomb hoaxer and professional protester.

Kerensa is a multiple federal and state felon who’s done time in the penitentiary.

Other thugs used their black bloc flag staffs to hit Strickland.  Kerensa admitted later in court that he struck Strickland.

He’s never been brought up on assault charges.

When the same group tried to run Strickland out of the protest by coming at him again, he asked the crowd to stay back, as he backed away.

As they continued advancing, Strickland grabbed his  licensed Glock pistol and ordered them to stay away from him as he continued to back away from the crowd. His finger was never on the trigger.

Shareef also menaced Strickland as he backed away from his attackers and followed him along a downtown Portland street.

But it was Strickland who was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, ticketed, and told to show up the next day in court.

The next day, the prosecutor Katharine “Kate” Molina, presented hearsay testimony and lies to increase Strickland’s charges and his bail.

As Strickland points out in his video below, Molina used a false police report to tie him to alleged threats suffered by protester none other than John Slaughter at an event the month before.

Here is what she represented to a judge:

“I’ve had a chance to review other reports, um, one specifically addressing addressing an incident on June 12th of this year, uh, where, uh attendees were going to a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the Orlando, um, nightclub shooting, and that Mr. Strickland was present and was, um, disrupting the vigil by taking videotape of the protest..er excuse me, the attendees who were there.

Um, when one of the attendees, um, asked Mr. Strickland um, to leave, um, there was, um, some sort of exchange, I believe, and, within a day or so, that attendee started receiving numerous phone calls and text messages on a daily basis that were of a threatening and on a race based nature, um, and based on that attendees information about Mr. Strickland, whom he believes identifies himself as a white nationalist-anarchist, um, believed that Mr. Strickland was behind and orchestrating those threatening text messages and phone calls.

So based on that prior conduct that the state is aware of, um, based on reports reviewed, as well as the nature of the current offense, um, given the reason for the protest last night, the state has serious concerns about, um, Mr. Strickland, um being out in the community without supervision at this time. So the state is asking that he be taken back into custody and that bail be increased to $250,000. I’m also asking for a release decision (?) [unintelligible] evaluation only under the condition of no weapon, no ammunition and strict compliance.”

Look at Molina’s statement that I transcribed from Strickland’s video (see it below). Note the information she presents to the judge as true  and consider the language she used as her “evidence”:

“that attendee started receiving numerous phone calls and text messages on a daily basis  …  were of a threatening and … race based nature,”

The “attendee,” Slaughter, began getting calls and texts. That’s because the “attendee” insisted Strickland use his phone number in his video. In a video showing Slaughter approving of the violent anti-police rhetoric and pro gun speech at the anti gun event a month earlier, he also offered to give protesters his phone number. Apparently, this is part of his schtick.

Strickland displayed the number in the Orlando vigil video.

I don’t think Strickland should have included Slaughter’s phone number in the video, but that’s really not the point here.

The salient points are:

  1. Were there any calls?
  2. How many?
  3. Who called him?
  4. Where’s the call log of who called him?
  5. Where is the evidence of those voice mails and or text messages which “were frequent”and allegedly racist?
  6. Where’s the evidence that Strickland “orchestrated them”?
  7. Where’s the evidence of any “threats” received whatsoever?

Nowhere, that’s where.

Surely, a deputy DA testifying before a judge should weigh actual evidence before depriving a person of their liberty. But that didn’t happen here.

Slaughter held himself out as a leader of Black Lives Matter and Don’t Shoot Portland. Surely, he’d be savvy enough to save ‘evidence’ of someone sending racist and threatening messages. Call logs on cell phones and network phone systems at a government agency such as PCC would certainly retain information. It had only been one month since this supposedly horrible thing had happened to Slaughter by a man “whom he believes identifies himself  is a white nationalist anarchist.”

Well, if you’re a professional BLM and anti gun protester such as John Slaughter, this should be public relations GOLD!

You’re the leader of your group and your allies are  Black Panthers (black nationalists)  AND YOU’VE FOUND A REAL LIVE WHITE NATIONALIST!! Send out the press release!

But he didn’t, of course, because he knew Strickland wasn’t a racist.

Worse, she assumed his assumptions that Strickland “identifies himself as a white nationalist anarchist” were true. Is  “whom he believes identifies himself” the standard of proof now?

And what the heck is a “white nationalist anarchist” anyway? Let’s ask John Slaughter. He apparently is the only one who does.

What he did do was file a phony police report that Strickland never heard about until Molina used it to increase the charges and the bail.

In short, a prosecutor’s reckless assumption based on phony and outrageous assumptions by Slaughter meant 21 charges and a $250,000 fine and thousands upon thousands of dollars in legal fees for Mike Strickland.

As for the “white nationalist” clap trap, as we’ve seen over and over and over again during the Antifa, black bloc anarchist, professional protester events, if you disagree with them you’re automatically labeled a racist.  Antifa must debase their opponents and ascribe every sordid misdeed to them in order to puff themselves up to signal to others that their anti free speech violence is somehow ‘noble.’

Worse, he could have been sent to prison for 50 years on all the felony charges. As it was, he was deprived of his liberty for 40 days. It’s an outrage.

As Strickland points out in his video, he lost his liberty over a false police report. If it can happen to him it can happen to you.

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.

Screenshot/Laughing at Liberals

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.

Opinion: Why I’m Not ‘Grateful’ for Michael Strickland Sentence

This post has been updated to add photos and clean up the presentation that, sadly, had to be done quickly at the airport. 

If you’ve looked at my Facebook posts or seen the news you know by now that Michael Strickland has been given no prison time for pulling a gun in self-defense on a bunch of fascistic, in-bred cult ‘protesters’ who assaulted him once and then came back to do it again at a rally and march on July 7, 2016. He faced as long as 50-years-in prison for the overcharged counts in this case.

Strickland will serve a 40-day jail term (which will be reduced with time served), hours of community service, thousands of dollars in fines, be put on three years probation, and have his second amendment rights forever stripped (unless and until this conviction is vacated), and his first amendment rights to record these drug-addled mental patients and engage in journalism halted for years.

Strickland learned of his (temporary) fate Wednesday morning  in a downtown Portland courtroom presided over by Judge Thomas Ryan.

And inside the courtroom was the Star Wars bar scene.

Sitting amongst the faux anarchists and ironically self titled “anti fascists” (antifa) in the courtroom Wednesday reaffirmed several cliches about these people.

At least three of these nuts had been arrested recently on riot charges, violence and vandalism. One had been in federal prison at least three different times. Three cops, one wearing a TAC vest and eye protection, had these guys on eye lock.

This guy, second row, far right is Luis Marquez. He was just arrested in relation to the latest Portland riots. He had been sitting right in front of …

… this guy: Multiple state and federal felon Ben Kerensa:

You might have read about  him on this website.

This guy (below) was one row in front of me sitting next to Kerensa. He waited long enough  to find out if Strickland was going to prison. Then he grabbed his bike helmet and left … probably to make his meeting with his probation officer:

I’ve been watching people like these for years. I outed them in the early 2000’s for their A.N.S.W.E.R. group which included animal and eco terrorists. Their Friday-at-4 drum circles were a constant source of entertainment. Their money laundering scams were based at a church. Their tree screaming …

I outed their phony “occupation” of the park in downtown Portland and showed their union paymasters running the operation. My colleagues and I outed how PSU and PCC  aid and abet their violence (thank you,  Daylight Disinfectant and Laughing at Liberals!).

These cult members work in packs. They wander from “crisis” to “crisis” to express their “outrage” at … well, whatever they’re told to. Or dream up. This is the depth of their vision:

“Hey, hey, ho, ho (fill in the blank) has got to go.”

They’re fakes. Their outrage is fake. There’s no there there. Their outrage has no terminus. What fun is there in that? They’re frauds.

And here was the latest generation of professional protesters in court. Most looked like they’d just meandered in on a stopover between getting their ’test results’ at the clinic and hopping a bus to get their free methadone fix.

They set up Michael Strickland by assaulting him, and now they waited, like a pack of hyenas, to bay in the victory as another guy who thought differently than they, was finally  ‘getting his’ at the hands of a politically manipulated judiciary. Some anarchists.

The extra security wasn’t there because of Strickland or his supporters. These multiple felons and recent arrestees — a millennial rogues gallery — sat in the courtroom hoping Strickland would be forever silenced.

And here was Strickland. Getting worse than they ever had. All for defending himself against this pack of un-thinking, vapid thugs. And it happened in a court that preferred riot to gun rights.

People said they were grateful for the lighter sentence for Strickland. I’m not.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that Michael Strickland won’t be going to prison for defending himself at a Black Lives Matter/Don’tShootPDX rally and march last July. He never should have been brought up on charges in the first place.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that a person gave a ‘victim’ impact statement and urged no prison time for Strickland. He was the one who helped instigate the whole, sorry affair and then bragged about it on video.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that Strickland ‘only’ has to do 40 days in jail (29 with time served). Innocent men should not be put behind bars.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that Strickland can never possess a gun until this conviction is vacated because these trumped up charges have made him a felon.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that Strickland is restricted from being able to make a living, though required to pay fines, because the judge basically said that he’d asked for it by filming these loons

I’m not ‘grateful’ that the world will get to see the video taken by Strickland of the first assault that took place against him which caused him to draw his gun when they came back to do it again. That tape was purposely put on lock down by the Kate Molina and Todd Jackson of the DA’s office because it exonerated Strickland. It should have been out in the public domain from the beginning.

I’m not ‘grateful’ for the 240 hours of community service he must serve as a mea culpa for ‘victimizing’ one of the people coming to assault him again.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that people who believe in the rule of law must now scrape together what’s left of their savings and help defend Strickland against a system that has turned the rule of law on its ear in this case.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that Strickland has to go through the Oregon ‘justice’ system again in a retrial and appeal.

I would be grateful for help from the long list of constitutional legal groups I’ve begged to take on this case.

I would be grateful for more national attention on this outrageous case.

I would be grateful for financial help for Strickland’s defense and for his living expenses since the judge says that even recording weddings is a bridge too far for the videographer.

DONATE HERE.

I would be grateful for an unbiased legal system.
But until there’s reason for gratitude, I’ll be over here writing about this case.

Cogen Mistress Resigns Amid Calls by Multnomah County Commissioners for Him to do the Same

Cogen Resign ResolutionSonia Manhas did one right thing. She resigned her job with Multnomah County today but she shouldn’t be the only one to fall on the sword. Jeff Cogen needs to go.

The Multnomah County Chair will be officially asked to resign tomorrow by the other commissioners. See a copy of the resolution nearby. 

From KPTV,

The resolution states Cogen’s affair “diminished his ability to provide leadership expected of the chair.” It also states he has caused an appearance of inappropriate influence to county businesses, along with “the real or perceived misuse of county assets,” that is damaging to the county’s credibility.

“The Board has lost trust and confidence in Chair Jeffrey S. Cogen’s judgment and ability to continue to provide leadership,” the resolution states.

 The Commissioners released the resolution tonight.

In OTHER news about Jeff Cogen-having-an-affair-and-having-his-kids-babysit-her-kids-while-he-got-her-a-job-and-raise-while-getting-sex-from-her,

 The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office asked the Oregon Office of the Attorney General to conduct a criminal investigation. A spokesman said the initial focus will likely be on whether any county money was misspent by Cogen and Manhas.

As an added bonus we get this from KPTV,

 As part of her resignation, Manhas will be on paid sick leave until Aug. 30 when the resignation goes into effect. She will not be able to sue Multnomah County.

How much do you want to bet Cogen makes a few calls to get her a job?

 

KPTV – FOX 12

Report:Mult Co Chair Jeff Cogen Used His Kids to Babysit Mistresses’ Children, Discussed Marriage & Job Promotion

A picture of Sonia on Cogen's Flickr account.
A picture of Sonia on Cogen’s Flickr account.

KATU reports tonight that Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen used his kids to babysit his mistresses’ children and discussed marriage and a job promotion with her. 

From KATU:

Hundreds of emails between Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas paint a broader picture of their relationship – one sprinkled with flirtation, talks of private lunches and persistent smiley faces.

Here’ s the ookity part about his kids babysitting hers,

The two grabbed lunch often, went to a Rush concert together and Cogen’s kids babysat her children. 
“It’s weird,” Manhas wrote in October 2011 about the babysitting. “Yup,” he wrote back.

Then of course there’s the part about him positioning her, ahem, for a new job and 20% raise. 

…the emails show the two did talk about the promotion: Manhas forwarded the job opening to Cogen with the message: “FYI (with a smiley face emoticon).” He emailed back a smiley face. In September when Manhas got the job, Cogen emailed her: “Damn, that Sonia woman sounds great!”
Cogen has said he doesn’t believe he violated any county rules because Manhas isn’t his subordinate. 
Coincidentally, in one email sent Aug. 30, 2011, Manhas wrote in reference to a county project: “…I would rather work directly for you.”“Sounds good to me!,” Cogen wrote back.

Ew.

KATU reports going through 500 emails between the two. 500.  Including ones about marriage and her job promotion,

KATU found flirtatious emails and undertones of a deeper relationship — and a whole lot of smiley faces in the emails. The two also discussed the job promotion that Manhas ultimately received.
Among the signs of something deeper: In June 2011, Manhas alluded to a conversation the two had in the car.
She wrote: “Fun last night. I’m intrigued with what you shared on the drive back about marriage. Let me know if you are interested in picking up that conversation sometime. You can also tell me if this is totally an unwelcome inquiry.”
Cogen wrote back: “Hope you’ve crossed the border into vacation. Let’s get lunch again and we can continue our conversation.”

If I’m the head of the Children’s Fund (Cogen’s wife) I’m dumping the dude. Using your kids to babysit your girlfriend’s kids while you’re having an affair? Using your influence to get a job and raise –using taxpayer funds–for the woman you’re screwing?? 

Wake up, Portland. This is what corruption looks like.