That wimpy way out seemed to suit the crowd at City Hall, which has allowed these thugs to run rampant in the city for years, causing violence, disturbances, park take overs, house take overs, freeway take overs and other mayhem. These elected officials even indulge leftist threats, paid them respect and gave them political space in the public square even as they marginalized or shut out altogether conservative political expression.
Within hours of the announcement that the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade would be canceled, St. Johns Parade officials reportedly pronounced that no political groups were welcomed to join in their event on May 13th.
KATU-TV reported that the ban would keep things peaceful in the City of Roses for the event:
When KGW-TV and KATU-TV reported the news, it caused a frisson on fear to pass through the body politic (at least on the right) in Portland. Would this be the new normal now? Would free speech and political expression be spiked under the guise of not wishing for any violence –violence exclusively perpetrated by the leftists? Capitulating, in other words, to the civic extortion by thugs who caused the violence?
The news chilled people to the bone. People worried that news media reports about parade organizers banning any political groups from participating were right.
So it was quite a … ah, surprise … to local Republicans when a list of participants showed that Democratic party officials were marching.
There was the inclusion of one group that seemed to suggest propriety wasn’t a front burner issue, so Republicans in Multnomah County and surrounding areas wondered what the heck was going on:
‘Nice’ to know that the ookity “CU Next Tuesday” people were placed next to Cub Scout Pack 417. Nice job, St. Johns Parade.
But the question remained, if there were restrictions on political entries, how in the world did the group which birthed these faux “anti fascists” get into the line up and the GOP was left out?
Well, for one, St. Johns Parade officials told me there was never a ban on political groups from the parade even though the media reporter there was one.
Organizer Barb Legge told me via email in a Q & A:
Were there any political groups marching in the parade? yes
Were there politicians marching or featured in the parade? Yes many
Were there any groups left out due to being political in nature? None, unless they chose not to show due to weather.
I asked her why there was a ban on … Republicans …? She said there was never a ban on any political groups. She advised me to look at their policy on their website. It reads:
“The parade is a free event! Anyone can enter – young and old! All entries are welcome that fit the family venue of the parade. No alcohol, firearms or weapons of any kind are allowed. If there are any loud arguments, disputes, or other issues that arise in the staging area or along the parade route, the people involved will immediately be asked to leave and may be escorted by the police, if necessary.
Legge told me that the parade had received no threats and everything came off beautifully.
One man on Facebook who attended the parade asked around about the absence of Republicans:
“The organizers obviously lied when they were interviewed for this story. There were many political representatives there including the Multnomah County Democrats. I asked them a few questions like “I thought this Parade wasn’t supposed to be Political? Are the rules different for you? It’s just a question, can you answer it?” I asked that of all groups of a Political nature including the honored (not by me) Blumenauer. I didn’t get a single answer just a myriad of middle fingers, sheepish grins and a few choice words that I didn’t use because this is truly a family event.”
I reached out to the head of the Multnomah County Republican Party, James Buchal, to find out if the facts as stated comported with what he knew. Here’s what he told me:
“We did not apply to be in that parade.”
As we’ve seen, Portland conservatives and members of the GOP don’t have to go looking for problems, they’re discriminated against enough as it is.
But it does give rise to the question: Did the far left violent protesters leave that parade alone because no Republicans were marching in it?
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.
A sentencing report prepared for Judge Thomas Ryan recommends no prison time for Michael Strickland, though the judge could ignore the report.
Strickland never has posed a threat to anyone, even the day he was forced to draw his weapon to defend himself against an onslaught of Portland Black Bloc outfitted anarchists and the ironically self described “anti fascists” as they attempted to — for the second time that day — assault and throw him out of a protest July 7, 2016.
The move employed by the violent mob that day was the same threatened against the GOP at the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade, which was canceled due to the promised violence.
Multnomah County’s two track justice system — one for anarchists and one for law abiding citizens such as Strickland — is being watched by national figures.
Strickland has secured the services of Robert Barnes, an appeals attorney, to take over for his able trial attorneys Chris Trotter and Jason Short.
Barnes specializes in tax law and constitutional law. He successfully argued and won the first amendment aspect of actor Wesley Snipe’s tax prosecution. He’s been involved in several high profile cases. Though he bases his practice in Los Angeles, Barnes practices all over the country and the world. He’s tried at least one case in Oregon before.
Though rife with many appealable angles, Barnes has told me that he initially sees the Strickland case as a first amendment case.
Strickland will be sentenced today at 9am in the Multnomah County Courthouse.
I won’t rest until Strickland gets his ability to do his job back, his freedom back and the agonies that he’s undergone absolved and restored. I hope there’s a civil lawsuit against these people and I hope he wins a huge judgement against them.
One of the supposedly key witnesses in the trial of Michael Strickland was Benjamin Kerensa.
The multiple federal and state felon was caught in several lies on the stand in his testimony as a ‘victim’ of Strickland’s.
Strickland defended himself against the same kind of the violent “anti-fascist” “protesters” who shouted down and threatened violence against Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopolous at Berkleley.
In Strickland’s case, however, the Black Bloc kindred in Portland succeeded in assaulting him once and were coming back to do it again at a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX march and rally in Portland, Oregon on July 7, 2016.
Strickland is a videographer who records Portland events under the YouTube moniker “Laughing at Liberals.” As I’ve explained previously, anarchists, protesters and the rest of them didn’t like Strickland because he made them look stupid. Strickland’s stories have made national news.
Police cited him on two misdemeanors and let him go after processing. But when the judge –whose daughter is a frequent protester (more on that in another post)– arraigned him a few days later, suddenly the assaulters became ‘victims’ and Strickland was charged with ten felonies and eleven misdemeanors. Strickland spent ten days in jail while friends struggled to come up with bond that would cover a now ridiculous $250,000.00 bail.
But back to our fluffy fabulist.
Kerensa testified to a conspiracy in court to throw Strickland out of the protest and I independently confirmed this. It might have been the only truthful thing he said on the stand.
Here are the whoppers Kerensa told on the stand:
He testified that he was not an anarchist, a provable lie.
He testified that he saw the videographer unholster his gun up to five times, a provable lie.
He testified he wanted Strickland thrown out of the event to protect ‘the children,’ a laughable lie.
He testified Strickland was a racist, a trope to, in his mind, justify violence against him, but is without evidence.
He testified he never harmed Strickland, a provable lie on Strickland’s own video recording and first hand account.
He testified that Strickland looked “unstable” to justify his assaults.
One of the interesting things about the nearly 400 pound Kerensa is that he has an odd way of simply showing up and becoming part of stories.
After the incident last July, he gleefully bounded up to a friend and fellow anarchist who was recording the event to tell him that he made Strickland draw his weapon.
As I’ve recounted before, according to news accounts and court records, Kerensa did time in FEDERAL PRISON for making bomb threats to a former employer and to the tech confab known as Oracle World in the Bay Area. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate the event from Moscone Center.
Police say his former employer was a movie theater which had to be evacuated.
And Kerensa made the bomb threat phone calls from the offices of man running for mayor of San Francisco where Kerensa ‘volunteered.’ Volunteers recalled in a news account that the rotund young man sat around, eating the free food and trolling the internet. Sometimes he spent the night in the office.
“He has a background as a computer hacker and apparently was upset with the establishment as a whole,” said police Inspector Rich Moses. “He was taking it out on the establishment with these false threats.”
Kerensa was charged Tuesday under a federal law against “maliciously conveying false information” through telephonic bomb threats.
Less than five years after that Oracle World federal prison stint, Kerensa was out and slithered up to Oregon. He was caught in several counties in Oregon doing illegal activities over a period of time, but he then he settled in on making fraudulent phone calls again — sound familiar?
According to federal sentencing documents, Kerensa pretended to be “Special (FBI) Agent in Charge Richard Ellis.” He called for a SWAT team to surround a Salem hospital and other illegal mischief that could have gotten someone killed. He particularly loved to make fake 911 calls.
He moved to Portland where at some point he got into the protest scene.
He got himself a nice camera and called himself a photographer.
Here’s one of his photos.
Here’s the Oregonian’s explanation of the photo:
Members of the Metro bomb squad detonated a small improvised explosive device outside the Montavilla United Methodist Church, located at 232 Southeast 80th Avenue, Tuesday morning. The ATF and FBI, along with arson investigators with the Portland Fire Bureau, are investigating. Photos by Benjamin Kerensa
The man who went to prison for bomb threats and pretending to Special Agent in Charge Richard Ellis, suddenly became a witness at the discovery of a pipe bomb at a Portland church in 2013. The Oregonian reported:
A witness, Benjamin Kerensa, said an officer told him the device was a pipe bomb.
Kerensa said he saw agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI take away at least 10 bags of evidence from the scene.
Kerensa tried to remake himself as an open source hero and techie. He joined a “collective” of supposed open source acolytes and now fancies himself a tech blogger. He writes frequent comments on tech blogs in an attempt to assert his ‘credentials.’
And it’s in this capacity that a Portland newspaper quoted Kerensa — now identified as a “web developer” — as finding a problem in the state of Oregon’s website. The Portland Tribune reported:
“For approximately a month, the state has been assessing the impact that an update would have on people with old web browsers. Benjamin Kerensa, a web developer in Portland, contacted the Department of Administrative Services Feb. 6 and told staff he had noticed encryption protocols were outdated. Richards said Kerensa’s calls and emails caused the Department of Administrative Services to look into the issue, but it was also his understanding employees at the state data center were already aware of the outdated encryption on some websites and were working on a solution.”
Imagine that, the hacker found a problem in 2015. I wonder if the State of Oregon hired him to fix it?
Kerensa’s wild stories and fabulist psychological issues could put a man in prison.
Michael Strickland will be sentenced tomorrow for defending himself against this very, very dangerous man.
Strickland defended himself against the same kind of the violent “anti-fascists” who shouted down and threatened violence against Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopolous at Berkleley.
These thugs shut down the Portland rose parade. They shut down a fund raiser for Strickland. They were responsible for sending a man to the hospital for spouting Bible verses at the Portland Airport at an anti-Trump event.
They assaulted Strickland at a protest last July 7, 2016 because they didn’t want him to cover it.
And then, when he didn’t leave because he is a reporter, they came back for him again and he pulled his weapon and backed them off. His finger was never on the trigger. No one was ever hurt. No one as in danger — except Michael Strickland’s civil rights.
Portland officials had a hand in canceling tomorrow’s 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade due to threatened violence against Portland, Oregon Republicans by the ironically self titled “anti-fascist” contingent of black bloc protesters.
The Multnomah County GOP planned to participate in the civic affair as it had for the previous three years until protesters threatened to “drag” and pull out Republicans because the fascist protesters didn’t like them. Planned participants threatened to stab and kill the Republicans, according to Jeff Reynolds of MCRP.
While organizers were blamed for pulling the plug on the entire parade and carnival in East Portland due to the “terroristic threats,” at least one participant was told it had everything to do with Portland Commissioner Nick Fish.
Since Portland Police cannot assure the safety of participants in the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade because of terrorist threats by black bloc “anti-fascists,” then the city should by necessity cancel the annual riot known as May Day.
The annual communist homage to “the workers” always ends in violence and vandalism.
Well, Portland? Or is viewpoint discrimination OK only when it’s targeted at Republicans?
The hypocrisy of the “justice” system in Multnomah County continues to amaze even a long time observer like me.
Take note of the latest example of the duplicity with which prosecutors treat leftist defendants versus defendants such as Michael Strickland: Christopher Joseph Gourneau.
As you know by now, I’ve taken up Strickland’s defense not because we’re besties or agree on all issues. I’m sure he’d say the same about me.
But one thing we agree on is the right of free speech, something that was denied Strickland as he attempted to cover the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event July 7, 2016.
When a marauding bunch of masked thugs and a 300-400 lb assailant came rushing him again, Strickland exercised his second amendment rights and drew his legally possessed gun and back off the mob. This was after several attempts to keep them at bay with verbal commands, hand up, and monopod as a defensive tool.
In short, Strickland used his second amendment rights to exercise his first amendment rights. For that ‘offense,’ Strickland faces years in prison after being found guilty of 21 counts, ten of which are felonies related to this incident.
The very people who had minutes before assaulted him, laid hands on him, and attempted to drag him out of the crowd to stop covering the event with the tools of his journalistic trade — a camera — now became ‘victims’ in the case.
They must laugh themselves silly thinking that they managed to ruin a man’s life by assaulting and then blaming him for defending himself. Prosecutors undoubtedly with the same leftist beliefs decided to use Strickland as a whipping boy to demonstrate what would happen to any Portlander who dares to defend himself legally.
The prosecution of Michael Strickland is nothing more than political persecution writ large.
Take for example the latest case of a man who actually threw a bomb into a crowd of protesters who just received PROBATION and COUNSELING for his offense.
The Oregonian reports that man, who’s also one of the protesters, for some reason, threw his molotov cocktail bomb into the crowd:
A 27-year-old man who in November inexplicably threw a Molotov cocktail at a crowd during a downtown Trump protest was sentenced Monday to three years of probation — and anger management counseling.
While it appeared from initial news reports that Christopher Joseph Gourneau might have been taking part in the Nov. 11 protest of the presidential election of Donald Trump, it became clear during his sentencing hearing that he had actually targeted protesters.
Let’s take a pit stop for a second and take a look at the last sentence in the above ‘graf:
“it became clear during his sentencing hearing that he had actually targeted protesters.”
This appears to be an attempt to mollify the protesters into thinking the perpetrator might have been with another political camp, but read it more closely:
“he had actually targeted protesters.”
Of course he “actually targeted protesters.” We don’t know why, but he did.
He threw a bomb at them. You can catch fire from the lit gasoline or other accelerant used in a Molotov Cocktail. By the way, the bomb is named for Vyacheslav Molotov who was a “professional revolutionary” during the Bolshivek Revolution and years after and was a protege of the murderous tyrant Josef Stalin.
Back to the Molotov Cocktail guy now.
Here’s what a prosecutor said of his actions:
Deputy District Attorney Steve O’Hagan said Gourneau’s act of throwing the burning cocktail at the crowd could have had “horrific” results, and it’s luck that it didn’t.
“Luck that it didn’t.” Would they have used the same rationale following the Strickland incident to guide their prosecutorial inclinations.
Here’s what Molotov Cocktail dude got for his sentence:
As part of a plea agreement, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Adrienne Nelson sentenced him to a list of conditions — under the supervision of his probation officer — including anger management counseling, “emotional management treatment” and drug and alcohol treatment.
He will start out the first part of his three years of probation in the Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Program. The program is designed to keep defendants out of jail or prison and connect them with drug treatment, housing and other necessities that could help stabilize their lives.
I’m pretty sure we know what political side this guy was on based on his sentence alone.
Then check out the punishment for the 120 people arrested during the protests against Donald Trump in November:
Gourneau was one of 120 people arrested during six consecutive nights of protests immediately after Trump’s election in November. Most criminal charges were dropped, and the district attorney’s office said it was focusing on the most violent or disruptive of those arrested.
According to The Portland Mercury, this is the disbursement of “justice” to the 171 people arrested, as they put it, “in the Trump era”:
According to an analysis of the 171 protest-related arrests in Portland since post-election demonstrations began in November, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has rejected more than half—a whopping 99 cases.
Of the 72 defendants who remained, 45 had their cases reduced to traffic violations, 13 are awaiting trial for misdemeanors (with one already found guilty), 12 are awaiting trial for felonies (mostly from November demonstrations), one juvenile case was referred to Washington County, and another case was dismissed as part of a plea bargain.
Lesson: Defend yourself and risk prison. Offensively throw a bomb at protesters, violently vandalize and deprive people of their speech, security in their businesses and homes and freedom of movement, and you get a ’traffic ticket’ or counseling. Got it.
And here are the previous posts I’ve done on the Strickland case:
One of the speakers at the “Free Mike Strickland” rally was one of the witnesses at his trial.
Strickland, a freelance journalist, drew his legal, licensed concealed hand gun to fend off a violent mob of anarchists while covering a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX march and rally July 7, 2016.
After covering the event for awhile, Strickland was assaulted by a group of protesters who admitted in court they conspired to throw him out. They assaulted him once and then came back after him. Strickland was forced to draw his weapon after efforts to back them off with verbal commands and defensively using his monopod failed to back them off.
The mob came from three sides in order to attack and stop him from covering the rally.
Rightly believing he was in danger, Strickland swept the black bloc attired mob, without his finger on the trigger, to stop the threat coming at him. It worked. He was able to back up the street to safety — until the Multnomah County DA’s office victimized him again.
He was convicted on 21 charges, ten of which were felonies, by a Multnomah County judge in February after two minutes consideration.
Nate Milsap told the crowd in part:
“I was at the 7/7 2016 protest, right across the street here where Mike was victimized. I was used as a witness in the trial against Mike Strickland and I am shocked at the outcome. It’s absolutely injustice what’s happening to Mike.
[ … ]
It was now and was at the time his first amendment right to report on that event or any other public event in Portland. However, a small faction of hostile and aggressive protesters identified Strickland and conspired to physically assault him and/or remove him from the premises.
[ … ]
With Strickland being encroached by a small group of hostile protesters with bad intentions, Strickland backed away using his monopod camera stand as a buffer or median to keep his distance.
As a personal witness to this event, I can testify – and have testified in a court of law – that Strickland was backed up 30 to 40 feet before he unholstering his firearm and scanning the horizontal plane for 4-5 seconds and re-holstering.
Even though Michael had raised the level of necessary force to eventually draw his weapon, protesters still converged and provoked him. They provoked him for almost two city blocks before [police] arrested him.
I submitted my testimony and footage in hopes that Mike would be free and clear of any charges. I believe that both my testimony and footage clearly show that Michael Strickland showed great restraint and caution in the name of self defense.
Instead, he’s been found guilty of ten counts of unlawful use of a weapon, ten counts of menacing and one count of second degree disorderly conduct.
[ … ]
Michael Strickland was attacked. And in spite of being in front of the Portland Police station, the police were not there to protect him. Strickland defended himself with the necessary level of force to protect himself from harm. He managed to refrain from discharging a single round from his firearm, as well as refraining from harming one single person at the [event].
Michael Strickland is the victim here.
[ … ]
I find that Michael Strickland’s case is and should be important to every single American. This is a scary new precedent that’s being set here, people.
When our own government threatens to punish and prosecute someone for taking a responsible and necessary measure to preserve and protect their own life and liberty, then they can and will do that to anyone.”
Milsap says he wrote to the editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, Kevin Michalowski, who rendered an opinion on the case after seeing three different angles of the event.
The editor told him that in no uncertain terms Strickland should appeal.
Milsap read from a letter the law enforcement officer, writer and shooting instructor sent to him about the case:
“With mob mentality at these events, [Strickland] could easily have been punched, kicked and stomped to death if he had been knocked to the ground. More than 700 people a year are beaten to death by unarmed attackers in this country.
In my opinion, as a law enforcement officer certified by the state of Wisconsin, that the defendant used a measured and acceptable response to a violent threat to facilitate a safe retreat.
[ … ]
When faced with a greater number of potential adversaries, officers are allowed to use objectively reasonable force to ensure their safety.
Based on the video footage, I believe the defendant used objectionably reasonable force and showed restraint.”
In short, Mike Strickland is innocent.
A couple of points of clarification about Milsap’s comments. Strickland has been a concealed weapons permit holder since 2011. It wasn’t after the attack that he began carrying. And the attack on Strickland was done, not at a protest but during an investigation the journalist was conducting on an anti-gun filmmaker.
By now many of you know that Mike Strickland, a pro-gun, freelance journalist was convicted of 21 counts of self defense on Friday, Feb.10.
Strickland had been attacked by a mob in Portland while covering a “Black Lives Matter” protest. The attack was planned and coordinated in advance.
You can read more about it here. Victoria Taft has done an outstanding job of documenting the attack and the trial and you can see that here.
In truth, Mike was convicted the moment he was arrested by Portland Police for defending himself against the same kind of mobsters who have trashed Portland repeatedly. Their criminal actions are rarely punished by a county “Justice System ” that encourages rioting and looting but creates political prisoners of people who attempt to defend themselves from criminal attack.
From the moment he was arraigned it was clear the fix was in. As soon as the D.A.’s office in Multnomah County realized who Mike was, they began to assure he would never get a fair trial. And they succeeded.
Mike’s bail was set at an astonishing and unprecedented quarter of a million dollars!
The D.A.’s office made open and absurd accusations about him to the press. They said he was a “white nationalist” and a “racist.” All of it was lies. But what would you expect from a county whose D.A. is a rabid advocate for gun restrictions? D.A. Rod Underhill has testified in favor of gun control bills in Salem and is a proud member of an anti-gun prosecutor’s organization.
…When it came time to seat a jury it became clear very quickly that the chances of getting impartial jurists in Multnomah County were almost zero. Only two of the potential jurors believed it was ok to have a firearm for self protection. Both would be eliminated by the prosecutors.
Michael’s lawyers made the decision to dispense with the jury and opted for a bench trial. They understood their only hope was a fair and honest judge. They hoped for too much.
The judge came back with word late this afternoon that Mike Strickland had broken the law when he drew his weapon in self defense as several anarchists in their black bloc attire converged upon him.
The 21 count indictment included 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 10 counts of menacing and one count of disorderly conduct.
After what one court observer said was a “cluster f**k of a prosecution” the state rested but the judge allowed in a surprise rebuttal witness, that had not been vetted by the defense, to counter the the defendant’s ‘use of force’ witness.
While they’re are many appealable aspects of this trial, this is huge blow.
Strickland was in shock at the verdict by the judge and the shock of this travesty of justice will continue to sink in in the coming days.
Strickland drew his legal, licensed, registered concealed hand gun while covering a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event July 7, 2016. He drew his weapon, a Glock handgun, to stop a phalanx of protesters who converged on him from all angles in order to attack and stop him from covering the rally. He swept the black bloc attired mob with his gun, without his finger on the trigger, to stop the threat. It worked long enough for him to back away from the mob.
Strickland is a trained user of his firearm and it’s a good thing too, because if he hadn’t been armed that evening in Portland we’d be talking about raising money for his hospital bills or long term nursing costs or maybe asking people to come scoop food off his chin as he struggled to eat.
The July event was one of scores of rallies, protests and events Strickland had covered over the years.
The journalist and videographer started first as a citizen journalist and then became a working journalist for Progressives Today and for his own news platform “Laughing at Liberals.” He also worked for other websites by providing content.
We always knew, and now testimony in court confirms, that Strickland was singled out for attack by a cadre of anarchists.
Testimony confirmed that the organizer of the rally conspired with the anarchists
to attack Strickland and drag him away from the rally to stop him from recording them.
Anarchists I interviewed told me they were angry with the way Strickland depicted them and their buddies in his videos and wanted him to stop.
In one particularly ‘egregious’ series of reports, Strickland recorded and shone a light on a so- called “Whiteness” conference at Portland Community College. His coverage showed the pretzel logic of white privilege. They didn’t like it—especially after it made national news.
They didn’t like it when he’d show up to Cease Fire Oregon events and record speakers. He’d shout out questions to their speakers at news conferences. Cease Fire Oregon was one of the groups that brought political pressure to lock him up.
I talked to their director, Penny Okamoto, for a series of podcasts being produced. Okamoto didn’t want to be recorded but acknowledged that while Strickland had never done anything dangerous, she felt he was scary.
Between the coverage of these people and events, activists decided to portray Strickland as a “white nationalist” and “racist” when they saw him at events apparently due to his reportage of the “Whiteness” conference.
The DA took the word of these liars, anarchists and protesters that he was a “white nationalist” and was a threat to society. His misdemeanor all of a sudden blew up into 21 felony counts.
He was jailed while trying to make bail.
The prosecution of Mike Strickland is nothing short of a politically-motivated, institutional hate crime perpetrated by the Multnomah County (Portland) district attorney and aided and abetted by the human tributaries of activists, protesters and anarchists who form the river of public life in Stumptown.
Day-2 of Mike Strickland’s trial saw a pivotal moment in the case.
Lawyers for Strickland waived his right to a jury trial and opted to be tried solely by the judge.
Strickland is on trial for pulling his legally licensed, registered gun at protesters and anarchists as they rushed him to assault him–again–at a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX rally last July 7th in downtown Portland.
Court watchers reported Tuesday that the Portland jury pool had so many anti-gun, anti-second amendment members that Strickland wouldn’t get a fair trial. One of the prospective jurors belonged to a an anti-gun group whose leader was pushing for Strickland to be prosecuted.
The Oregonian reported that 30% of the jury pool was against guns.
Previously, Strickland’s defense team moved for a change of venue which was denied by the judge.
In day-2 testimony, the first prosecution witness was absolutely picked apart by the defense.
Court watchers reported that the cross examination was so thorough that the defense attorneys, Jason Short and Chris Trotter, were able to use the witness’s testimony to their advantage.
Witness John Slaughter is a local sports coach. He’s had gigs at Benson High School and PCC. He’s also a frequent protester and one of the organizers of the July 7 Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event.
Slaughter crossed paths with Strickland when the journalist was videotaping a ‘peaceful’ tribute to Orlando victims.
Activists gathered for the event immediately seized on Strickland, calling him names such as “white nationalist,” “racist” and other labels in an attempt to stop him from videotaping.
Eventually, one man grabbed his camera, explaining that it was a ‘peaceful’ vigil and that he should leave, but that didn’t stop the hate from being heaped on Strickland by ‘peaceful’ protesters.
A man wearing a dress began shrieking at Strickland and calling him, wrongly, a “white nationalist” and telling him to “get your white nationalist ass out of here”:
Activists who had gathered for the Orlando tribute were ‘triggered’ by Strickland enough to surround him, push him and try to take his camera away from him.
Let’s pause here for a second and take up the ‘white nationalist’ issue.
This white nationalist label and the left’s copious use of it to describe Strickland appears to come from the journalist’s coverage of the Portland Community College series on “whiteness.” The uncomfortable spotlight on one of the left’s pet issues–white privilege– angered them. Protesters began calling him a racist and white nationalist for showing (and sometimes mocking) the lectures on his YouTube channel.
Strickland’s stories made national news.
That infuriated the organized left.
After Strickland was arrested for drawing his weapon, PCC and Portland State University, places where he found endless story ideas, immediately banned him from campus. That ban continues today.
Prosecutor Kate Molina used the left’s ‘white nationalist’ and ‘racist’ labels to increase and enhance the charges against Strickland and keep him behind bars for a longer period of time.
Molina never provided proof, rather she relied hearsay reports–from people like John Slaughter, anti-gun crusader (and frequent Strickland object) Penny Okamoto, and, who knows, maybe that guy in the dress, to say Strickland was somehow a racist.
This game of prosecutorial ‘telephone’ cost Strickland plenty. And their adolescent group think cost Strickland his freedom.
Back to the ‘peaceful’ Orlando tribute. Eventually, one man told Strickland he could video him and even gave his job title and phone number for public consumption.
That man was John Slaughter. He was the prosecution’s first witness.
Slaughter testified that on July 7 a group of anarchists and protesters got together and conspired to go get Strickland. Their aim was to kick him out of the protest to prevent him from covering it.
Of course, he didn’t call it a conspiracy, but that’s what it was. Court watchers told me he also seemed to have no clue that planning an assault was illegal.
Slaughter was one of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot #PDX event.
He testified that Mike’s concealed Glock was openly carried. Wrong.
He testified that cops swarmed the place. Wrong.
He testified that some of their members were armed. Oops.
He didn’t know if his “event” was permitted.
He claimed Mike was a racist and troublemaker but testified that members of his group initiated the contact with Mike to get him thrown out.
Prosecutors are hanging their hats on the idea that somehow this protest was “family friendly” and that Mike came to disrupt it as a counter protester.
One warned protesters that if they saw him go somewhere he “was going in violence.” He menacingly followed Strickland up the street after the journalist put his gun away and was backing away to safety.
And here’s John Slaughter endorsing this ‘family friendly’ violence right along with them:
Actually endorsing violence, plotting a crime and carrying it out has not resulted in Slaughter being banned from PCC, by the way.
This post about the day-2 events is late because photos from my first post were reported to the court and got one our court watchers banned from the courtroom.