Convicted for Self Defense Against BLM Thugs

Strickland BLM

  • A conservative video journalist and blogger, who drew his legal handgun to scare off a rampaging crowd during a recent protest in Portland, has been convicted of felony charges.

A recent court decision involving a political activist’s attendance at a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest last summer demonstrates just how tyrannical America has become in an era of political correctness, hostility toward the Second Amendment, and a glorification of minorities and leftist activists.

In Portland, Ore., Michael Strickland, a 37-year-old conservative blogger, journalist, and activist who maintains the popular YouTube channel “LaughingAtLiberals,” was recently found guilty of 21 felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from his presence at a BLM protest in early July of last year.

Strickland, known for his coverage of radical leftist events, was filming a BLM protest in downtown Portland on the evening of July 7 when he was confronted by a large group of hostile BLM protesters, some of whom were masked, armed with flag poles, and making threats against Strickland while advancing toward the citizen-journalist.

It must be noted that radical leftist protesters, often masked, violently assaulted their political opponents—and even innocent bystanders—repeatedly throughout the 2016 election season, causing personal injury and private property damage on numerous occasions. Additionally, BLM protests often devolve into riots, where violence, looting, and destruction take place on a massive scale.

Fearing for his safety and being completely outnumbered, Strickland briefly drew his Glock semiautomatic handgun to ward off the hostile crowd that was hounding him. Amateur video footage of the protest and confrontation shows Strickland retreating while being pursued by a group of BLM protesters before eventually brandishing his firearm, for which he had a legal concealed carry permit, only to quickly reholster his weapon after the situation was de-escalated and the crowd backed off.

“What happened was there were about 10 or 12 people that surrounded me,” Strickland explained at the time. “They started pushing and shoving me. They were using their flag staffs as weapons. I’m backing up, they kept coming toward me. . . . That’s why I drew. . . . I was outnumbered, they were pushing and shoving me. . . . I feared for my life, because I was outnumbered, and they had weapons.”

Shortly after the confrontation, a SWAT team arrived and Strickland was apprehended and taken into custody, charged with menacing and disorderly conduct.

At Strickland’s recent trial, Judge Thomas Ryan found the conservative activist guilty of 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 10 counts of menacing, and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct for brandishing his legally concealed firearm at protesters that fateful evening.

While Strickland argued he was acting in self-defense, prosecutors contended he did not have a legitimate fear of being in imminent danger or of being physically hurt.

Strickland is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

The reaction to Strickland’s conviction from Second Amendment and free speech activists has been justifiable outrage.

“Given all the violence that we’ve seen at Black Lives Matter and other leftist demonstrations, Strickland clearly had cause to fear for his life,” Chris Cantwell, a leading libertarian and gun rights activist, writer, and host of “The Radical Agenda,” a popular podcast, recently explained to AFP in an email exchange.

“He displayed his weapon in its holster and warned the demonstrators as he walked backward, and they continued to pursue him as he retreated, so he pulled out his gun and pointed it at his assailants without firing a shot. He showed extraordinary restraint, and if the self defense laws of Portland, Ore. do not allow for this kind of measured defensive posturing, then they will certainly—and almost certainly already have—gotten people killed. If a gun owner has to wait until his assailants are on top of him to draw his weapon, then at that point he has little choice but to fire. George Zimmerman comes to mind. Strickland may have saved a lot of lives that day, not least of all his own.”

Unfortunately, Strickland’s case has received little mainstream coverage, a fact recently pointed out by Mark Walters of “,” a pro-Second Amendment website.

This is a clear-cut case of “self-defense, so compelling that the nation needs to see and hear it, yet it is blatantly and intentionally neglected by the ‘dominant’ and failing ‘mainstream media,’” Walters recently wrote.

After reviewing the footage of the confrontation, an objective viewer would have to find Strickland’s actions were entirely justifiable given the circumstances in which he was operating.

As readers of this newspaper know all too well, BLM protests are often violent, and those viewed as hostile or unsympathetic to the movement are regularly targeted by radical leftist activists. Strickland was one such example.

Cantwell believes Strickland should be praised, not condemned, for his actions that day. “He shouldn’t just be set free; he should be praised for his courage and his restraint,” Cantwell told AFP.

NB: This article was originally published by American Free Press on March, 14, 2017. Subscribe to America’s last real newspaper today!

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  • I saw the footage when this occurred and was surprised the protesters kept pursuing him. You could tell they felt confident he wouldn’t dare fire his weapon. I respect the guy’s courage but sometimes it is best to just stay away. Do not provoke this kind of confrontation.

  • it is another miscarriage of justice and this judge should be fired. but without citizens oversight who judges the judges?
    bill is right. if you have a permit to carry a concealed weapon you have to think three times about what kind of situations you might be getting yourself into.
    it’s wiser to comport yourself around certain kinds of confrontations where you might have to draw it.
    having said that – the police need to crack down hard on these violent rioters, regardless of what some sanctuary city mayor says otherwise.
    anybody showing up with a mask and a helmet, carrying a club should be arrested immediately. if you need more cops get em.
    and the police should use deadly force against anyone aggressor striking someone with a heavy club or committing arson or felony property damage.
    and trump needs to investigate these people and establish the link to soros etal and arrest anybody who funds or otherwise facilitates these disturbances for incitement to riot.
    anybody convicted should get serious prison time.

  • I did not see the video, but if the version of events as described by this guy are accurate, then I support his right to defend himself.

    But, again – I just cannot understand why it is that so many White Americans who appear to be red pilled on the race issue and who also appear to be wise to the tactics used by the left – continue to show up at these kinds of events, where they are stupidly putting themselves at risk of being unjustly arrested and charged with some B.S. crime and possibly thrown into a prison where they’ll be shoved into a cell along with half a dozen 245 lb savage black thugs who will take turns gang raping them for as long as their prison sentence lasts.

    Also, I listen to a lot of pro-White podcasts and radio shows online – and I keep hearing many of the hosts of these shows encouraging White listeners to ‘get out in the streets’ and yet, every time they do – we see examples just like this one, where the leftists and the politicians who dictate to the police will ignore the violence of the left, and if some pro-White guy so much as flicks a booger from his nose onto the sidewalk, the cops will body slam them down on the pavement, beat them for a hour with their nightsticks, use their taser torture toys on them for another half hour, and then charge them with some crime and haul them off to jail – where they’ll have to pay some jewish lawyer thousands of dollars in legal costs or else get sent to prison.

    Its like when Richard Spencer demonstrates his embarrassing lack of cognitive ability by giving these ‘man in the street’ interviews with zero protective security around him and then is sucker punched by some cowardly leftist – ON CAMERA. Come on, White man. You need to up your game and stop behaving as though you think you are fighting an enemy who is chivalrous and who believes in fair play.