A year ago, Mike Strickland was beaten and ended in the hospital for several months. His cameras were stolen, then returned with the drives wiped clean. He has video of the attack, but the authorities refused to prosecute. Recently, Mike was threatened by a mob of anarchists and Black Lives Matter activists again. This time he protected himself.
Victoria Taft has written a well researched article, with video, that shows Mike Strickland defending himself from the mob in Portland. The link has it all. From victoriataft.com:
Mike Strickland was arrested and charged in Portland for pulling a gun at a Black Lives Matter/anarchist protest when a mob converged on him. But now he sits in jail. As one person put it, “[Mike Strickland] is now a political prisoner in Multnomah County.”
Showing how intolerant and censorious college campus administrators have become, he has been banned from two local campuses. From oregonlive.com:
Strickland, the man charged with waving a gun at protesters last week at a Don’t Shoot PDX march, has been banned from Portland State and Portland Community College’s campuses.
The two schools confirmed Wednesday that Strickland will not be allowed to set foot on campus if and when he is released from custody. Portland State is banning Strickland for two years. PCC’s ban is indefinite, but Strickland could appeal the decision. Both schools informed Strickland of the ban last week.
So there you have it. Be beaten and put in the hospital for months, with video proof, have your creative work stolen/destroyed, then have the authorities refuse to prosecute. Then, when you continue to exercise your First Amendment rights, you are threatened again. You refuse to be a victim. The authorities throw you in jail, with ridiculous bond requirements.
As James O’Keefe of Project Veritas attests,
Mike Strickland is someone I know. I respect him because he makes little to no money going to these events trying to hold people accountable. He’s fought for both the First and Second Amendments for half a decade and he does so at great risk to himself.
The court set bond for Mike at $250,000.
I have become cynical over the years, but this is outrageous. The local authorities will keep Mike jailed to prevent him from doing his citizen journalism. If I had been in Portland, I could easily have been in Mike’s spot, so it hits close to home.
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