Battle by painstaking legal battle, Mark Dickerson is slowly clawing back his reputation – a reputation stolen from him first by Portland Professional Protesters™ and then by the City and media of Portland, Oregon.
His legal odyssey began on Halloween 2018 when a group of protesters began taking over streets and blocking traffic in downtown Portland. The gambit had worked successfully just days before when a poor man driving near the same spot was surrounded, chased and terrorized by protesters.
Here’s Brandon Farley’s video of the incident mere days before the same thing happened to Dickerson:
Even after that frightening October 12th incident, on October 31st, Portland Police were still allowing protesters to block traffic with impunity. People in those cars were rightly terrified they’d become another Reginald Denny of LA riot infamy.
In the incident, though others had cleared away, one of the protesters intentionally stepped into the path of the barely moving truck and was bumped. Then he did it again.
But as VictoriaTaft.com reported previously, Dickerson was arrested for driving toward the street-blocking protesters at 5mph.
The protesters, protesting the death of a black Portlander, reportedly a relative of the man who intentionally walked into Dickerson’s path, Arthuray Dudley, were not charged with any crimes.
The Leftist protester-class and the media, but I repeat myself, were giddy that they may have a blockbuster Charlottesville type of story.
After he was cleared criminally in the case, partially due to Dudley’s failure to show up to court, and the good fortune of having a dash cam which captured the would-be scam, Dickerson began the mission to get back his good name.
Friday, Dickerson was notified by Multnomah County Courts that records of his arrest and prosecution for assault, reckless driving and harassment for bumping a Portland protester with his truck have been expunged and erased.
Clearing his name and staying out of jail has cost a fortune and the family has set up a GoFundMe account to help defray legal bills. Dickerson had to sell his horse to pay legal bills.
Portlanders are angry at the City for looking the other way as the tiresome and perpetually ‘outraged’ violent Antifa and anarchist rent-a-mobs and fauxtesters block streets, beat people and shut down the speech of others while they simultaneously label them as Nazis and white supremacists.
It’s a welcome sight for one man to fight back. Help him out so that he’s not alone.
Former Marine Shane Kohfield was one of a handful of people who attended a protest outside Mayor Ted Wheeler’s house in SW Portland in July. The protesters, armed with a small bullhorn, complained that Wheeler had never condemned Antifa by name and hadn’t done anything to curb the violence committed by the masked anarcho-communist group.
Kohfield was handed the bullhorn and spent about 2-1/2 minutes explaining how he’d spent an entire day with Antifa at a recent protest. He said he wanted to learn about his ‘enemy.’ He concluded that he’d treated everyone well and that Antifa hit people “like little bitches.” He said he’d tried to sue them and then attempted to get law enforcement to take a look at his evidence of Antifa wrong doing. See the video of his remarks below.
What he said next raised some eyebrows:
And then I sent a letter to … someone in Congress [Navy SEAL turned Congressman Dan Crenshaw]. And the first four pages are me explaining how dire the situations are and how they’re going to start killing us. The first four pages were my desire for peace and my fifth page said … if Antifa gets to the point where they start killing us, I’m going to kill them next. And I told them I would slaughter, and I had a detailed plan to … but the point is, Antifa’s gotten to the point where we have to protect ourselves. We have no desire to fight, we have no desire for violence, but we need to be prepared for it if it happens.
Everyone has a natural right to defend themselves or loved ones. But, Kohfield appeared to veer off the usual right-of-center fare by explaining he’d written a letter to a Congressman explaining his “detailed plan” for “slaughtering” Antifa if they killed people on the right. He said the situation in Portland was getting “dire,” which isn’t wrong. But then he said it out loud in public.
It didn’t take long for someone to invoke Oregon’s Red Flag law and haul him in. Kohfield was surrounded by multiple police officers as he left a relative’s house in Prineville. He ‘voluntarily’ gave himself over to them.
The Washington Examiner reports that the Joint Terrorism Task Force rolled him up and hauled him off to the VA for 20 days to get ‘help’ for his wrong think. The Oregonian reports that the Capitol Police already had Kohfield on their radar because of the letter.
The Military Times reported that Kohfield wasn’t charged with anything, though he was locked up:
…Kohfield, 32, was not charged with any crime, but surrendered five guns, including an AR-15 rifle, according to Phil Lemman, Oregon’s acting deputy state court administrator, the Washington Examiner reported.
Based on the court order, Kohfield – who served two tours of duty in Iraq — was committed to a veterans hospital for 20 days and was barred from participating in subsequent protests in Portland.
Kohfield’s Dad reportedly told police that his son suffered from bi-polar disorder and PTSD after his two tours of duty in Iraq. He’d been drinking heavily recently. It’s unclear if his dad had a say in whether his son would be committed.
Kohfield told The Oregonian that he gave the appearance of being “unhinged” in the video (see it below):
“I looked unhinged. I looked dangerous and have the training to be dangerous.” [emphasis added]
You’ll note Kohfield didn’t acknowledge he was dangerous and violent. Maybe he wasn’t in a position to know. Odd, that with so much known about this case, we don’t know that.
It was only the sixth time Clackamas County invoked the law, according to The Oregonian. Of the 98 red flag law uses in Multnomah County, there’s no telling if it’s ever been used on the demonstrated violent excesses of Antifa. Interestingly, we know all about Kohfield, though.
Antifa actually commits dangerous and violent acts, manifestly unprovoked, and constantly threatens people on the right, me included, in an attempt to stop us up from speaking out. So far I haven’t heard of one Red Flag call on their members. I haven’t heard of Antifa members, constantly committing acts of violence and threats against people with whom they disagree, being committed to a hospital for wrong think.
You might think multiple-time arrestee, proud Antifa member, and long-time Portland Professional Protester™, Luis Marquez, would be a good candidate for this treatment.
But if you’re Marquez, it’s catch and release and then onto the next violent and unhinged protest.
I could go on. You’ll notice, however, that the clearly unhinged (watch the videos) Marquez is free to go about his violent, threatening protests as often as he wants, against people with whom he has a political difference. He doesn’t like what they’re saying. He’s willing to hurt them for their political viewpoints. He wants them banished and hushed because he doesn’t like their viewpoint.
Antifa has made it a cottage industry of dismissing anyone who doesn’t agree with them as a “nazi,” “neo nazi” or “white supremacist” – even when they’re a person of color and don’t hew to that viewpoint. It doesn’t matter. Antifa members consider themselves super heroes. Their magic cloaks are the masks over their faces. Everyone else is a Nazi.
Institutional Portland has picked up on the labels. You’ll notice that Mayor Ted Wheeler was only concerned about right wing groups showing up for the August 18th protest. His concern was not about Antifa, which routinely and reliably starts the violence. It was a colossal example of civic gaslighting.
Recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi conflated concern about “white supremacism” with gun violence. This was intentionally meant to smear gun owners and reduce them to racists.
A “straight pride parade” troll was recast by antifa as a “white supremacist.” Far Leftists, like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, gave bail money to arrested violent antifa members who’d issued beat downs:
Not to sound pedantic, but the point of all of this gaslighting is the Left’s attempt to arrogate power to itself by shutting down other viewpoints.
But even center-left Democrats know Wheeler and Antifa are bad news. They’d be booed, targeted, slimed and doxxed if they ever said so out loud, however. It’s possibly why Wheeler can’t be honest and call out Antifa. It’s why he lets them hide behind masks.
It’s why this meme is so popular:
I know there are real racists out there. I saw those tools with torches the night before the clash with Antifa on the streets of Charlottesville and shook my head. It made me sick. Horrible. (Trigger alert: Torch-holding racists, Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler are Leftists by the way.)
Antifa never was blamed for its part in that deadly melee. That was by design too.
Another irony. Considering that the Portland City Council has had a hate/hate relationship with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, it’s more than a little rich that they’re lauding it for its part in rolling up a protester – because he’s a Trump-hat-wearing-right-of-center guy.
Kohfield may get his Second Amendment rights restored to him. Someday. He may be able to go to a protest to practice his First Amendment rights again at a protest. Someday. He may get wonderful help at the VA. And I hope that is so. For now, however, he’s been silenced.
Portland Police rolled up 13 Leftist Antifarioters 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.
But this time one prominent Constitutional expert was watching and said enough is enough. Senator Ted Cruz called for a federal investigation into Portland Mayor/Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler’s handling of antifa violence.
The people who call themselves “anti” fascist organized an un-permitted response to two separate legal marches by right-leaning groups and ended up clubbing two reporters covering the competing marches.
Quilette editor, Andy Ngo, was beaten so badly that he took himself to the ER:
The beating is hard to watch. Good thing someone got it on video because the police weren’t there to watch it … or stop it:
Well known attorney Harmeet Dhillon said that Ngo had been hospitalized with a brain bleed. Interesting that she would know that. Do you think that she’s Ngo’s attorney?
The thugs who threw rocks and what police believe may have been quick cement “milkshakes” also stole his camera equipment.
Here they are handing out the “milkshakes” from the back of a rented pick up. Notice no one is drinking them. It was 81º in Portland.
Ngo was in the ER and Antifa’s facebook page declared “J29 was a success for the people of Portland and showed that we will always stand up to fascism” and bragged about their concoction:
I’ve begged people to complain to the US Attorney’s Office or DOJ to investigate the political and police response to Antifa. There is a two-tiered system of justice in Multnomah County, Oregon as the Michael Strickland case shows. There is a First, Second and 14th Amendment case to be made against Portland’s one-party system of justice.
Mike Strickland’s case was the canary in the coal mine – Antifa’s ‘Victim Zero’ – on how local prosecutors and police blame the victim if he holds the wrong political views. His case happened before Berkeley, before the campus violence. Worse for him, Strickland drew his legally possessed concealed hand gun and backed off the advancing group of Antifa and other protesters who had already roughed him up and were coming back to do worse.
After police let him go with a ticket. Prosecutors, egged on by anti gun activists, ginned up 24 counts against Strickland, many of them felonies. The Antifa marauders were turned into victims. Here are two of them:
Strickland stood to go to prison for 50 years. So bogus was the case, that Strickland, who was stripped of his First and Second Amendment rights, was sentenced to 41-days of weekend jail. Strickland was ordered to never video another protest and to shut up about his case. As a convicted felon, he will never again be able to carry a gun or vote.
When he finally was allowed to talk about his 2016 case, a ‘protester’ with a cowbell came and drowned him out while police watched and did nothing.
Strickland’s case is on appeal at the Oregon State Court of Appeals. His attorney, Robert Barnes, thinks the case may go to the state Supreme Court. Oregon’s Leftist judiciary, which has failed to acknowledge the Antifa threat and its chilling effect on speech, is not up-to-speed yet.
Here’s what Barnes said of Strickland’s case after he argued at the Appeals Court:
With Harmeet Dhillon and Ted Cruz finally seeing this threat and Robert Barnes working on the Strickland case, we may finally get the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice’s attention. But only if you complain.
While the media, Democrats and social justice warriors (but I repeat myself) have tried mightily to “deconstruct” and debunk the Ferguson Effect, it has been widely seen throughout the country and certainly on the streets of Portland with nearly 100% of all cops saying they don’t stop and question suspicious behavior.
“With all of the criticism directed at the police today, are officers less willing to stop and question people who seem suspicious, or has nothing changed?”
Nearly all officers – 95% – indicated that:
“Yes, Officers are less willing to stop and question people who seem suspicious.”
As if that isn’t bad enough, sworn Officers are “skeptical” of the new leadership at the cop shop, which has been a veritable revolving door of over the past several years. And they’re “unclear” about what their top priorities should be. Half of them are burnt out from the job.
A whopping 79% of Portlanders don’t believe cops reduce crime and treat people fairly under the law.
Furthermore, “violent crimes are perceived to be down, [but] quality of life crimes persist.” I’ll dig into the “perceived to be down” unresolved stat later, but that’s pretty bad. However, here’s the nub of the problem in a study that neither mentions Antifa nor protesters:
“The PPB needs to understand that sometimes quality of life crimes, such as vandalism, the defacement of public property, illegal homeless camps on public property, auto theft and vandalism, are the most important in gaining the trust of the public and its cooperation. Most people, thankfully, do [not] interact with the police over major crimes, but they do with quality of life crimes.”
Seventy percent of Portlanders think cops are ‘fair’ only sometimes or not at all.
Translation of the above two points: Cops don’t stop crimes because it’s not politically correct and the rest of the citizenry knows it and thinks it’s unfair.
Do you think that “defacement of public property,” “vandalism” and other “quality of life” crimes such as, oh, I don’t know, not being able to drive on downtown streets or freeways, airports or get to work because of protesters blocking them to make their point about this week’s perceived wrong is a quality of life issue? Hell, yes.
Is cops not helping ICE agents get to their cars and thus being chased by violent Leftists – a bad PR move to the right thinking Portlanders – perhaps a ‘quality of life’ issue? Hell, yes.
Perhaps someone read about a guy who was just trying to do his job and Antifa chased him, hurt him and came back to attack him again so he drew his weapon to back them off and then was CHARGED with the crime while his Antifa attackers became “victims.” Think they heard about that case?
How about that lady who got so sick of Antifa blocking the streets she got out of her car and took the only weapon she had – laundry detergent – and started throwing haymakers at the thugs with her big orange jug of goo?
Do you think Portlanders haven’t noticed this two tiered system of justice?
Ted Wheeler, do you think they know that if they took a cowbell and commenced drowning out a speech in a public place that they’d be arrested but Antifa wouldn’t? Mike Strickland, pick up the white courtesy phone.
Do you think this lack of enforcement of the most basic laws of Portland has had an effect on the citizenry in thinking that somebody in Portland’s hierarchy has put their thumb on the scales of justice? Uh, hell yes.
The City’s capitulation to the ACLU and the social justice warrior crowd has resulted in the homeless ‘camping’ wherever they want, subjecting Portlanders to the disgusting and unhealthy filth of human waste, disease and despondency.
As a person who works, feeds and helps the homeless, I can tell you why people are out there. I’ll tell you about that in another post. The report says the politicians have “no political will” to do what is necessary about the homeless. Duh.
This two tier system of justice has brought confusion to cops, dissatisfaction of the public and a feeling of being unsafe in people’s own home town.
In the words of the report:
“When the police pick and choose what/when to enforce, application of the law becomes inequitable.”
The Portland Police Bureau reportedly has had 50 Officers turn in their badges because they’re sick of the confusion, bad leadership and rampant lawlessness allowed to take place while they’re allowed to do little.
If that’s not bad enough, City Commissioners have consulted with one of the progenitors of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” lies of Ferguson to help write the next Portland Police Bureau contract. This just in: even Eric Holder doesn’t buy the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” lies from Ferguson. His Justice Department said so.
The police survey makes suggestions on what to do to fix the problems, suggesting that the City should:
“Align governmental and PPB leadership and support for effectiveness.”
Puhleeze. Politicizing the cop shop – by allowing the hyper-political Mayor and ‘community’ social justice protesters to dictate which people get a pass and which must be punished – is why we have this problem in the first place.
The story of Ben Kerensa, the loutish and violent Antifa activist who conspired with others to attack citizen journalist Mike Strickland to violently prevent him from filming a Don’t Shoot Portland/Black Lives Matter protest in 2016, has taken yet another – ironic – turn.
You’ll recall that Strickland was attacked by ‘protesters’ who, according to court testimony, conspired to confront and attack the successful YouTuber who kept a close and skeptical eye on Portland’s protest culture.
Strickland covered Portland’s Professional Protesters, Inc.™* for years without incident. On July 7, 2016, however, activists decided Strickland needed to go. They surrounded Strickland and hit him with, among other things, Antifa flag sticks to harm and intimidate him and push him away from the protest. Kerensa led this effort.
Strickland filmed throughout the attack and afterwards. When multiple activists came back to attack him again, Strickland, a licensed conceal/carry permit holder, drew his pistol. No shots were fired and no one else, except Strickland, was hurt. Strickland, a well-trained gun owner, showed a poised discipline and never let his finger get close to the trigger. For defending himself against a band of thugs bent on stopping him from performing a First-Amendment-protected activity, Strickland was arrested, jailed and convicted for drawing his weapon. His case is on appeal.
Four months later – four months! – and mere days after the days’ longviolent anti-Trump protests seen on national news, yet another nation-wide, orchestrated ‘protest’ was planned in Portland concerning the Dakota Pipeline.
Kerensa was filming the protest that day and was told by a Portland Police sergeant that it was illegal to film a cop. That’s patently untrue and Kerensa knew it. He filed a complaint against the sergeant. Though cops are allowed to lie to the public – what, you didn’t know that? – the officer, who claimed he lied to de-escalate the protest, an understandable move after an avalanche of violent protests, was found to have to have violated the spirit of truthiness (or something) required by the Citizens Oversight Board. In January of 2018, the ironically-named Police Chief, Danielle Outlaw, ratified the findings of the Board.
Now comes December 2018 and the Portland Police Citizens Review Committee, having taken none of the violent protest history into consideration, voted to sustain Kerensa’s complaint against the sergeant. The Oregonian reported:
Committee members said they were perplexed by the captain’s reasoning for her finding, even though Sgt. Erin Smith acknowledged he misrepresented the law to get protester Benjamin Kerensa to stop videotaping him during a Nov. 30, 2016 demonstration in front of fuel storage facilities in Northwest Portland over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Kerensa, who is thought by activists to be a police ‘snitch,’ said he had every right to film the protest:
“I had the constitutional right to film the police. There’s no circumstances [sic] where an officer should be allowed to infringe on First Amendment rights.’’
It is a First Amendment protected activity to film protests, something Kerensa violently ignored only four months before.
Let’s leave the Committee’s idiocy aside for a second and go to my main point of this post. The ironic and retch-inducing cant of this thug cannot be overstated. Four months after he attacked Strickland for filming a protest and violently deprived him of his First Amendment rights, Kerensa himself was filming a protest and piously stood on the Constitution for his right to film a protest and a cop.
One got the support of Portland leadership. The other didn’t.
Strickland was jailed for defending himself against a Kerensa-led violent mob bent on beating him again. Kerensa is viewed as some sort of freedom fighter and is embraced by the ACLU (which never lifted a finger to help Strickland).
Only in Portland.
As I’ve chronicled here and will continue to do, Kerensa’s bizarre attempts to reinvent himself into a public do-gooder reveal him as a fabulist and dangerous man. Now the convicted bomb threat hoaxer, hacker, thug and police and FBI impersonator has reinvented himself into a practicing Muslim.
Here’s the photo taken by the Oregonian’s Randy Rasmussen that has become an iconic symbol of the Portland Occupy movement.
It looked to be a raw use of force by the cops against a diminutive female. She claimed she was being “peaceful.” But she and her hundreds of protesting friends were anything but. The Occupiers consistently chanted how peaceful they were being in large crowds–at the same time they were resisting the police, digging at them, kicking them and spitting at them. This was, after all, the same crowd that threw at IED at a Portland Police officer, disabling him, threw molotov cocktails, tried to throw a Portland cop under an oncoming bus etc.
So now that you’ve seen the “After” picture that will go on every protester poster and may even be included in the next PSU sociology syllabi, what about the “Before” picture?
Here’s a photo from KPTV from their helicopter:
Photo Credit: KPTV Screen Shot
There’s also something else that former Sheriff and Police Chief (and Blogforce member) Bernie Giusto notes about the above photo. The cops’ backs are almost against the wall of the bank. They’ve got nowhere else to go. They’ve got to protect the space or be overwhelmed.
“Police officers with nowhere to go and faced with an overwhelming number of demonstrators who are outwardly aggressive, need to push back and push back hard.”
Police say the protesters were pushing on the cops in unprecedented fashion as Officers tried to keep them from rushing the bank:
Photo Credit: KPTV Screen Shot
Here’s another overhead from the KPTV chopper to give you more context.
Photo Credit: KPTV Screen Shot
This woman is not a victim and the cops weren’t wrong to deploy the pepper spray. She asked for it.
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