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What Would You Do in This Situation? This Man is Now a Felon


On July 7, 2016 Michael Strickland was at a Black Lives Matter rally, covering the protest as an investigative journalist. Strickland had started to make a living by filming and covering political protests and issues in the local area of Portland, OR.

He was selling some of his videos to networks like Fox News, MSNBC, and local broadcasters.

But things got a little more dangerous than he expected and he was surrounded by a group of hooded BLM activists who started yelling at him to “Get the F$%k outta here” and calling him a racist.

Strickland walks through a few videos that were taken of the incident and explaining what is going on and what is going through his head at the time of the likely impending attack.

A mob of people started to surround him and he says pushing him. He starts retreating. They kept following. Eventually, as the mob grows bigger and louder, he notices one of the guys broke away and came around his blind side.

That's when he decides to pull his legally owned and licensed to carry firearm.

Strickland does not fire and quickly re-holsters his firearm as they back off.

Police show up, and arrest him. He is then convicted of 21 criminal acts, including 10 felonies. His own video was ordered sealed by the judge and much of the exculpatory evidence, Strickland says, was deemed inadmissible in court.

He says the Oregon Firearms Federation has helped him and his case is on its way to the SCOTUS but the NRA has been silent.

Regarding the 1st Amendment: Does a person have the right to be in public area, filming a public event, as part of their job, and in exercise of their right to free press? Or does a gang of thugs have the legal right and lawful authority to use force, threats, and intimidation to prevent a person from engaging in their 1st Amendment rights? If the gang of thugs does not have that right, then they used unlawful force against me, thus meeting the threshold for exercising self defense.

The 2nd Amendment ramifications are obvious. Can a person draw their firearm in self defense against a mob that the person believes is engaging in unlawful force, potentially deadly force, and further imminent unlawful force? Given the number of assailants against me and the fact that I am partially disabled, a large disparity of force was presented. Additionally, I used verbal commands, a non lethal alternative, and was attempting to retreat to avoid the conflict, all to no avail, as the mob continued to bear down and pursue me. I followed the training I had received from the numerous firearms courses I had taken over the years.

Watch the video here.

What would you do? Do you think his actions were justified in drawing his weapon? Should they be?

 

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21 thoughts on “What Would You Do in This Situation? This Man is Now a Felon”

  1. If I had been in this persons obviously invidious and dangerous situation and I had a firearm I would definitely have drawn such weapon, however I would have been reluctant to actually discharge said weapon unless I was in mortal danger and had no other option but to discharge the weapon, first shot in the air, the following shot………..

  2. If people, White or Black, lose the right to self defense then this nation is not worth saving for anyone’s purpose. Then it no longer is America.

  3. He was justifiable in pulling his gun…..why are the protesters and ones who were harassing him being charged….unbelievable the law these days….that’s what happens when democrats try to run the country!!!

  4. YES IT WAS TOTALY JUSTIFIED FOR HIM TO PULL HIS WEAPON….I feel he should be commended for not shooting anyone. Myself I would have shot….

  5. This is a frame up by a Libtard prosecutor and an even more Libtard judge. Seems to me the Federal District Court would have the jurisdiction you unseal and examine the evidence and probably vacate the sentence.

  6. It is my right as an American to free speech and self protection but why put yourself in that situation. As long as media outlets provide this type of radical garbage for public view this will continue to happen. These radical unamericans do not yet realize that once their choice for president is in effect they are then slaves to the government and then where will they go? Wherever the government says they have to, even if its to work!!!!! IGNORE THEM!!!!!!!

  7. He’s not only justified in drawing his weapon, he would have been justified in using it as he had reasonable cause to believe he feared for his live or was in danger of greivious bodily harm.
    Note: I carry a gun & had I been in such a situation, it’s very likely I’d have shot & killed some of these dangerous mob protestors.

  8. He shouldn’t have been there. It’s different if they persuade him. But that’s not what happened. He persuaded them for a story. This time he is the story. Bottom line. Stay away from these idiots and don’t empower them.

  9. I would not have been in a liberal pieces of shit state like Portland Oregon in the first place. Those people have Ruined that part of the country they can solve it.

  10. He should not have been arrested! He was defending himself! Why weren’t the bullies arrested?! Tired of all this bull crap. He did what he was suppose to do to defend himself. What dumb azzes arrested him and charged him?

  11. WE ARE ALL AWARE OF THE INJUSTICE OF SELF DEFENSE IF YOU ARE A CONSERVATIVE IN LIBERAL STATES! BLM AND ANTIFA ARE FREE TO RIOT, THREATEN AND KILL BUT IF A CONSERVATIVE STANDS UP AGAINST THEM THEN THE CONSERVATIVE WILL BE CHARGED AND THE BOOK WILL BE THROWN AT THEM! IF JOE BIDEN IS ELECTED AS PRESIDENT YOU WILL BE SEEING A LOT MORE OF THIS GOING ON! CONSERVATIVES WILL LOSE THEIR FREEDOMS AND BLM AND ANTIFA WILL BECOME MORE POWERFUL WITH THE HELP OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY!

  12. If your statements are true, then you should not have been charged, as you have the right to bear arms, and the right to defend yourself if no other course is available. You should have the right to work without threat, but the job you do puts you at risk of imminent danger. I would expect NRA to at least touch base with you, not sure they what else they should do.

  13. He did nothing wrong. The threatening crowd was the menace. The drawing of a his gun was self-defense. The charges against him are political charges, the kind one would expect to see in a Soviet court. Pathetic. Un-American. I would bet that the DA/prosecutor was funded by Soros to obtain his/her office. I would also guess that the prosecutor could be black, which once again shows how affirmative action has ruined so much in our society, including our courts.