Gateway Pundit Blogger Who Pulled Gun on Portland Protesters Charged With Multiple Felonies
Michael Strickland, the far right blogger who’s written numerous posts for Jim Hoft’s incredibly stupid Gateway Pundit and Progressives Today blogs, has now been charged with 21 counts of unlawful use of weapons and menacing.
The indictment, returned Thursday, charges Strickland, 36, of Southeast Portland with 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 10 counts of menacing and one count of disorderly conduct.
The weapons charges are Class C felonies, and the menacing charges are misdemeanors.
Each unlawful use of a weapon charge accuses Strickland of attempting to use, and possessing with intent to use a firearm against another. The menacing charge accuses Strickland of placing another person in fear of imminent serious physical injury.
Strickland is well-known in Oregon as a right wing agitator and wanna-be James O’Keefe, and has now been banned from college campuses where he used to record his dumb “sting” videos. He went to this demonstration with enough ammunition to kill a lot of people. The Oregonian’s Maxine Bernstein has some new details about the incident:
Portland Officer Branden L. Combs was in Chapman Square during the protest and heard people running by him yelling, “Gun! Gun!” and “He’s got a gun,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
One of the protesters told police that he had recognized Strickland from other demonstrations where he had tried to “incite or instigate others,” and attempted to tell Strickland. That’s when he saw Strickland reach under his shirt and pull out the weapon, according to a court affidavit.
Officer Combs was standing about 20 to 25 yards from Strickland when he saw him sweep the crowd with the firearm, Molina wrote in the affidavit.
Once Strickland was arrested, police found the loaded handgun with a round in the chamber of the gun, plus two magazines of ammunition in a belt pouch on his left side, two magazines in his front right pants pocket and one magazine in his left front pants pocket, Molina said. He also had a pocket knife in his right front pants pocket.