Citizen Journalist Unholsters Gun: The Case of Mike Strickland, My Friend

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A citizen journalist videographer in Portland, Oregon named Mike Strickland was arrested after unholstering his gun at a Black Lives Matter protest.

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.

You can help out by donating to his release at Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation, indicating “Michael Strickland Legal Fund” in the tribute box.

Here’s the link .


  • Redfoot

    Just donated.

    • Victoria Taft

      Thank you.

  • Steven Richards

    *Sweeps gun across crowd

    • Victoria Taft

      … advancing on him. Who would you have pointed your gun at? The fat, multiple felony person who had already assaulted him? Or, no wait, the black bloc guys who had already stuck him with their flag staffs? Please tell us, we’re all waiting, Steven Richards

  • Jexpat

    Oh please.

    That guy is not and never has been a “citizen journalist,” but rather an unhinged stalker and potential mass shooter who fortunately isn’t facing multiple murder or manslaughter charges.

    Best folks can do for his sake is let him cool his heels in county jail for a while, take a plea to the felony whereupon he won’t have legal access to guns.

    • Beau Martin

      Jexpat, you’ve posted 20k comments. Are they all this stupid?

    • Terrence Bearz

      Potential mass shooter? Because he’s been involved in other shootings? In your mind, how does one become “a potential mass shooter”? An “unhinged stalker”. So you’re saying he has problems with mental illness and stalking. Stalking is a crime by the way, I don’t see anything in the video that would lead me to believe he violated the OR statute. Maybe you like exaggerate a tiny bit?

      • Jexpat

        Because the profile fits. Authorities know that, which is why he’s in custody on felony charges.

        • Terrence Bearz

          Wow he isn’t in jail because he fits any profile. You’re not very familiar with the legal system in the United States, are you?

          • Jexpat

            If you don’t think prosecutors take potential dangerousness into account, along with reports of past incidents, in making these decisions, I have an old bridge to sell you. Cheap.

          • Terrence Bearz

            “Potential dangerousness”. You are a graduate of the Matlock school of law. Maybe they should examine the past incident where he had his arm broken by an anti-gun nut job, which they conveniently refused to prosecute despite having video evidence. Or maybe, they should examine the video of the Black Panther screaming about committing violence, prior to the march? “Potential dangerousness” indeed.

      • downtown21

        Uh huh.

        Remember what you’re saying here now the next time you decide to blame Obama and the FBI for not stopping the next Orlando shooter before they act.

    • Victoria Taft

      That’s weird. Since I’ve known him, that’s all he’s been: A citizen journalist. Do tell.

  • No, he was arrested for pointing his gun at a crowd and threatening to shoot them.

    For that alone he should be convicted of a felony and never permitted to touch a gun again.

    • Victoria Taft

      Even though they were bearing down on him … after already assaulting him. Very interesting. Do tell. You might want to go to my website:

  • James

    Journalist? Oh please. Michael is NOT a journalist. He has NO credentials. This guy is unemployed and goes to any left-wing protest he can find to stalk, film and harass the attendees and then post the videos on his youtube channel so he and his alt-right followers can circle jerk over them. That makes him a journalist? He’s been caught engaging in suggestive filming of underage females at said protests. He’s a scumbag, through and through.

    • Victoria Taft

      I’ve been a journalist for going on 30 years. Besides my degree I have no “credentials” except working in the business. Please tell me these “credentials” of which you speak.

  • downtown21

    Is this a joke?

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  • Independent Voter

    Vote for Hillary and you get the full meal deal, not just this small sample of leftist tyranny.

  • Glen Smith

    He had a first amendment right to be there…