A journalist who was chased and surrounded by an angry BLM mob with masks and sticks, drew his gun and asked the mob to stay back; after 15 seconds, he reholstered his properly permitted, licensed firearm and tried to leave the area.
Michael Strickland has been sentenced to prison and found guilty of 20 felonies and one misdemeanor. The Oregon judge ruled AGAINST Oregon law that Strickland had NO DUTY TO RETREAT; in essence saying that Self Defense is NOT a defense.
The prosecutors argued that Strickland didn’t have a reasonable fear that he was in imminent danger of getting hurt. Which if you watch the videos is clearly wrong. On e witness even testified that BLM had arranged in advance to “attack” Strickland.
Michael Strickland will now be considered a felon. He will serve only 40 days in prison but is also banned from writing, blogging, attending rallies and protests, and recording rallies and protests. His career is now over. Not only that, but he will also not be allowed to own a weapon.
This is an attack on decency, reasonableness, the First and Second Amendments, and common sense. The Liberal Judge should be ashamed.
The Far Left owns the Oregon court system, and Oregonians were shown a perfect example of it when a right-wing journalist was put on trial AND CONVICTED for brandishing his weapon as 10-12 Black Lives Matter thugs were surrounding, pushing & threatening him.
SELF-DEFENSE NOT ALLOWED FOR JOURNALIST WHO EXPOSES LIBERAL POLICIES
Michael Strickland WAS an independent journalist/videographer who was covering a BLM protest in Portland, Oregon on July 7, 2016 when he became surrounded by a BLM mob, some with sticks & masks.
As the mob continued to surround and outflank him, they chanted “get him” and other threatening words. Mike did what any self-defense expert would tell him to do. He retreated as best he could before being surrounded and overwhelmed by the ever-growing mob.
Realizing he was now nearly surrounded and in fear for his life, Mike drew his lawfully concealed firearm and used it to keep the crowd at bay. The gun was out of his holster for about 15 SECONDS. He never fired a shot. His finger never touched the trigger.
PROSECUTOR SAW A CHANCE TO SILENCE
AN EFFECTIVE RIGHT-WING JOURNALIST
Law enforcement arrived later. Strickland was questioned and released the night of his attack and was ordered to court on a misdemeanor count of menacing. When prosecutors discovered who they had, the hated Laughing at Liberals guy, the one misdemeanor charge ballooned into 20 felony & 1 misdemeanor charges.
And Strickland’s bail blew up to $250,000. He was facing possibly 50 years in prison.
The Leftist machine in Portland had their guy and they weren’t going to let him go. When jury selection began, Strickland’s attorney discovered that the jury pool was tainted because some potential jurors had actually been part of the BLM protest that day. Mike opted for a bench trial.
A witness in court testified there had been a conspiracy by the BLM thugs to assault Strickland and toss him out of the rally.
Court watchers said the judge pondered for fewer than five minutes before announcing his verdict: guilty on all 21 counts.
JUDGE SIDES WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER THUGS
Ever since Strickland was formally charged, his own video of what happened that day has been under seal. It was finally in court the day the judge convicted him. The judge said the attack by the mob should have NO bearing on Strickland’s actions that day. Say what?
This writer was not able to get Strickland’s own video. I am assuming that the judge still has it under seal. Here is a video taken by someone else. Note at the very beginning of this video, Strickland, wearing a small beard, is surrounded by numerous people, one keeps pushing him from the back, one is holding a burning torch.
The judge sides with BLM thugs and found Michael Aaron Strickland, 37, guilty of 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 10 counts of menacing and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct for pointing his Glock semi-automatic handgun at 10 protesters FOR 15 SECONDS.
STRICKLAND’S KEYBOARD IS DANGEROUS
Mike was sentenced to 40 days in jail, community service, probation and fines. As part of his sentence Strickland cannot write or blog. He cannot go near any protest or march, nor can he video one. Thus, he is unable to work.
The judge not only made Strickland unemployed (is he eligible for food stamps?), but made him homeless. Well, at least the county had to house him for 40 days.
The institutional left in Portland has silenced a journalist and a contrary political voice.
THIS JOURNALIST HAS NO RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE
Strickland, who had a concealed weapons permit, claimed self-defense. He contended some protesters and anarchists wearing masks and carrying flagpoles had called him a racist, told him to leave, aggressively advanced toward him and pushed him. Some of the confrontation was caught on video — including Strickland’s own.
Strickland can be heard saying “Get the hell back!” before pulling out his gun.
“My life was in danger, I was surrounded by people,” Strickland can be heard saying during the interview given just after the incident, which was shown in court.
During the weeklong trial, prosecutors argued that Strickland didn’t have a reasonable fear that he was in imminent danger of getting hurt.
Prosecutors said it was protesters who were scared for their lives as they screamed that Strickland had a gun and ran. According to the four videos I watched, the BLM thugs did NOT run away.
At the sentencing, the judge ignored Oregon law that says there is NO DUTY TO RETREAT from attackers. Is the judge THAT stupid? Nope! He was warning the rest of us: If you are a right-wing journalist or just a regular citizen, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO DEFEND YOURSELF.
As a convicted felon, Michael Strickland will be forever prohibited from owning a gun and have a Concealed Carry Permit.
LEFT-WING JOURNALISTS ARE FREE TO ASSAULT RIGHT-WING JOURNALISTS
The Multnomah County DA has made no secret of his vendetta against this conservative journalist who has, for years, exposed the lies and hypocrisy of The Left in Oregon.
D.A. Rod Underhill REFUSED to prosecute the left-wing filmmaker, Skye Fitzgerald, who attacked, injured, and robbed Strickland ON CAMERA in 2015. Fitzgerald broke Strickland’s arm in three places and was hospitalized. Fitzgerald was charged with a felony but was never prosecuted.
THIS IS A ONE-TWO PUNCH FOR OREGONIANS THIS YEAR
Michael Strickland was convicted in February for defending himself with a display of his handgun. In August, Oregon’s freedom-hating governor signed into law a means for confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens.
H/T: CSC Media Group US