Michael Strickland (blogger)

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Michael Strickland
Born
Michael Aaron Strickland
Criminal charge(s)2017: Unlawful use of weapon (10 counts), menacing (10 counts), second-degree disorderly misconduct (1 count).[1]

Michael Strickland is a conservative blogger and for the Progressives Today blog and shares video on his YouTube channel called "LaughingAtLiberals".[2]

Whiteness History Month[edit]

At Portland Community College (PCC)'s Whiteness History Month in April 2016, Strickland attended several events to produce film for his YouTube channel LaughingAtLiberals. A PCC spokeswoman said he was routinely "pushing buttons" and posting heavily edited videos about the events.[3]

Race and Sexual Orientation Based Harassment[edit]

Law enforcement say that Strickland has a past police report alleging "possibly race-based threats" against an attendee at a Portland vigil for the victims of last month's nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.[4] Strickland, who also participated in Portland State University's PSU for Trump group, was alleged to have participated in online harassment campaigns against lesbian and transgender students and also filmed and mocked students and activists along with PSU for Trump members.[5][6][7][8]

Don't Shoot Portland rally gun incident[edit]

At a Black Lives Matter rally in Portland, Oregon, on 7 July 2016, Strickland pulled a Glock 26 pistol and pointed it at protesters, including an undercover police officer. Portland police reported that Strickland's pistol was equipped with "an extremely large magazine" and had a round in the chamber.[9][10] The police also reported Strickland was carrying five extra magazines for the pistol, all loaded.[10][11] Strickland claims he was surrounded by several anarchist protesters who pushed and shoved him, and that he feared for his life.[12][13]

Portland's police chief, Mike Marshman, said Strickland's actions at the rally were "fully unacceptable", stating, "I'm very, very proud of the members of the Police Bureau who cautiously and safely enabled the protest to continue on. That's how it should be. To the men and women of the Police Bureau, please continue to do what you do."[14]

Portland police arrested Strickland at the scene, charging him with menacing and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.[15] Law enforcement officials then processed Strickland through the Multnomah County Detention Center and released Strickland on his own recognizance.[13] The next day the state added two additional charges of unlawful use of a firearm, a class C felony.[16] At Strickland's arraignment, the judge set bail at $250,000, with Strickland being released after posting the required bail on July 18. A Multnomah County district attorney sought the high bail amount partly based on alleged race-based threats, including harassing texts and phone calls, reportedly made by Strickland at a previous 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting vigil.[11][17]

In response to the incident and based on his activities on campuses, Portland State University banned Strickland from its campus for two years, and Portland Community College indefinitely banned Strickland from its campus.[3]

On February 10, 2017, Strickland was found guilty of all 21 counts: 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 10 counts of menacing, and one count of disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to 40 days in jail, 240 hours of community service, banned from taking video of people or events for at least 2017, and is also banned from owning guns.[18][19] During the hearing the court discussed finding in a pre-sentence investigation that Strickland had Autistic tendencies or Aspergers.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guilty: Man who pulled gun out at 'Don't Shoot PDX' protest". 2017-02-11.
  2. ^ "LaughingAtLiberals". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  3. ^ a b Theen, Andrew (13 July 2016). "Portland colleges ban man charged with waving gun at Don't Shoot PDX march". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Man accused of pulling gun on Portland protesters was armed with multiple magazines of ammo, prosecutor says". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  5. ^ "Michael Strickland | Michael Strickland of Portland is a white supremacist". whoismichaelstrickland.com. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  6. ^ LaughingAtLiberals (2016-06-05), Raw, Uncut: Wackjob Students Takeover PSU Board Meeting, retrieved 2017-09-28
  7. ^ LaughingAtLiberals (2016-06-10), Triggliots Lose Their Minds At Trump Event, retrieved 2017-09-28
  8. ^ "How 'Students for Trump' terrorized Portland State University". Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  9. ^ Weisberg, Brent (12 February 2017). "Man who pulled gun on crowd guilty". KOIN. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Gun arrest mars peaceful Don't Shoot Portland rally". Portland Tribune. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  11. ^ a b Templeton, Amelia (8 July 2016). "Man Accused Of Pulling Gun At Portland Black Lives Matter Protest Appears In Court". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Man who displayed gun at downtown Portland protest arrested". KPTV Fox 12. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  13. ^ a b Ryan, Jim (7 July 2016). "Man pulls gun at Don't Shoot PDX protesting US police shootings". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  14. ^ Bernstein, Maxine (8 July 2016). "Portland mayor, police chief stand with faith leaders to deplore recent violence". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Dozens gather for #BlackLivesMatter protest in Portland". KATU. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  16. ^ Fontana, Francesca (19 July 2016). "Man accused of pulling gun at Don't Shoot PDX rally released from jail". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  17. ^ Bernstein, Maxine (8 July 2016). "Man accused of pulling gun on Portland protesters was armed with multiple magazines of ammo, prosecutor says". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  18. ^ http://www.kxl.com/no-prison-journalist-displays-gun-protest/
  19. ^ "Man who pointed pistol at protesters banned from owning guns". 2017-05-04.
  20. ^ "No Prison For Journalist Who Displays Gun During A Protest - KXL". KXL. 2017-05-03. Retrieved 2017-09-28.

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