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NavyJack – How to Get Arrested at a “Black Lives Matter” Protest in Oregon

A conservative blogger, 36-year-old Michael Strickland, was arrested on July 8, 2016 at a Black Lives Matter protest when police say that he unlawfully pointed a gun at protesters in downtown Portland last Thursday.

According to a statement from Mr. Strickland:

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

Much of the incident was captured on YouTube:

In the video, Mr. Strickland is taking pictures of a Black Lives Matter protest when he is accosted by more than a dozen protesters. He repeatedly shows the protesters that he is armed and when they continue to harass and attempt to encircle him he removes his gun from his holster, holds it out in front of him for several seconds and then puts it back in his holster.  Minutes later, a SWAT team arrived, pushed Mr. Strickland down to the ground and took him into custody. Police have confirmed his identity as 36-year-old reporter Michael Strickland.

The “Progressive” (read “Totalitarian/Communist/Globalist”) media took great pleasure using the incident to not only demonize GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, but also to take a swing at Ammon and Ryan Bundy, guns and “large capacity magazines”.

Read the following story by RawStory to get an idea of just how far left the media can take this incident and how the Oregon courts are stacked against law abiding citizens; instead favoring the supporters of “Black Lives Matter”:



Some highlights from the RawStory article:

“At his arraignment today at the Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland Strickland was hit with two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon, as well as misdemeanor charges of menacing and disorderly conduct.”

“The hearing took place on the same block where Strickland pulled a Glock 27, swept the gun at the crowd while yelling “Get the hell back!” He subsequently outfitted the gun with a large capacity magazine.”

“Multnomah County District Attorney revealed in court that Strickland had six magazines of ammunition on him.”

“The police found a live round chambered in his gun.”

“The state also said there was an undercover cop in the crowd threatened by Strickland. That led a judge to slap Strickland with $250,000 in bail and he was returned to custody in the Multnomah County jail.”

“If convicted of the two felonies, he could be sentenced for a maximum of 20 years prison on each count.”

“Even if he posts bail, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Leslie G. Bottomly prohibited Strickland, who reportedly had a concealed weapons permit, from owning a gun.”

“In the meantime, Strickland will remain in jail where he might bump into some kindred spirits. Currently also jailed in Multnomah County are Ammon and Ryan Bundy, the two leaders of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, as well as many of their followers as they await trial set for September 7.”

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I cannot help but to wonder how the same type of altercation will be handled during protests in Cleveland, OH at the Republican National Convention in the coming weeks.  Cleveland is “open carry”.  The Mayor, Frank Jackson, is not a favorite of the “Progressives”.  His comments following the Tamir Rice incident, suggesting that due-process be afforded to the officer involved, sparked outrage from members of the “Black Lives Matter” organization. He is an “old school” Democrat and U.S. Army Veteran that is committed to community policing and demilitarization of the police. He is also a gun control advocate. Learn more about Frank Jackson here.

As I stated in an earlier article, the Black Lives Matter movement is just one of the Social Movements involved with the destabilization of the United States of America. Others include La Raza, The Revolutionary Communist Party and the World Workers Party. The Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Jihadist movements are also heavily involved. To learn more about these organizations and their objectives, please review my previous article on this subject:

It is frightening that this most recent Black Lives Matter unrest has been generated less than two weeks before the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.  Please review my previous articles on the protests planned for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for additional information:

The Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation, has started to collect donations to help with legal expenses and secure his release. Enter “Michael Strickland Legal Fund” in the tribute box.


Navy Jack

During my service I deployed on various platforms, including submarines, amphibious assault units and special boats. I participated in expeditionary and humanitarian missions to the North Atlantic, Iran, Beirut, Libya, and the Caribbean. I am a Patron Life Member of the NRA. I am an Oath Keeper Life Member.



  1. I guess being in fear for your life means different things to different people. People must frighten more easily than they used to. A good rule of thumb for civilians is do not deploy deadly force unless deadly force is brought to you. Pepper spray is a better option and probably why the police use it for crowd control instead of guns. Remember, when you go to the zoo to watch the animals do not get any closer than you are comfortable with.

    1. Mark, where I live (Baltimore) getting surrounded by a group of a dozen of more angry Black Lives Matter protesters IS a deadly situation. Concealed carry is not an option here, so I will never have to make the decision that Mr. Strickland made. Portland is a little better, but not by much (I have family there). I suggest that if you are ever faced with this situation, you make the decision to either run away BEFORE you get encircled or keep the weapon at a low-ready. Otherwise, you are going to get a beating (or worse). I tried to “stand my ground” once here in Baltimore against thugs like this. I was trying to rescue my daughter who gotten lost and found herself in a bad neighbor”hood”. After getting my a** beat by 5 of these hoodlums (and I am not that easy to take down), I called the police. The police did recover my daughter with weapons drawn, but they were not about to try and arrest any of the scum that caused the whole altercation. You see, the police both here and in Portland are deathly afraid of these neighborhoods and they draw their weapons BEFORE even going into these areas. If that is the policy of the police, when should the average citizen be allowed to draw a weapon to protect themselves or others?

      1. Mark, in addition, if LEO were there, why did they not step up and stop this group from accosting this man. I call it BASIC SELF-DEFENSE. Something else, no weapons were fired, I understand he your comment; .”He swept the weapon across the crowd”. Under the circumstance, a reasonable action that put the group on notice…

      2. This was a bad situation that the man that was arrested injected himself into, he did not inadvertently wander into a bad neighborhood like you did. I have many scars from many fights and my sternum is deviated from having my ribs kicked in so yes I have survived some pretty bad things and have had to hurt some bad people. Situational awareness is most important so you are not trapped. Also remember that if you draw a gun to call 911 first. If the people causing you trouble are well trained and call 911 about a man with a gun you’ll be going to jail like this man did.

      3. Mark – Should reporters not inject themselves into these situations to avoid conflicts or should protesters respect his right to be there? The First Amendment guarantees his right to be there. Nothing gives the protesters the right force him from the area as they did. The police that were in embedded in the crowd were negligent in their duty to protect him and his right to be there, so I guess we will just have to agree to disagree on this issue.

    2. Sounds like Mark is either confused, maybe a progressive commenting on this site. The line of self-defense is not a clean crips line. Often it is a murky, stressful moment in time that requires the mind to make a decision. The standard often called “fight or flight”, sounds like “fight” was not possible with 12 to 1 and “fight” was not possible when surrounded. Since when do thugs have “the right” to impede anyone, plus threaten and assault.

      Mark, GIVE ME A BREAK…

      1. I was curious to see what the law in Oregon is regarding pointing a firearm. It seems pretty straight forward:

        ORS 166.190 Pointing firearm at another; courts having jurisdiction over offense. Any person over the age of 12 years who, with or without malice, purposely points or aims any loaded or empty pistol, gun, revolver or other firearm, at or toward any other person within range of the firearm, except in self-defense, shall be fined upon conviction in any sum not less than $10 nor more than $500, or be imprisoned in the county jail not less than 10 days nor more than six months, or both.

        A person claiming self-defense must prove at trial that the self-defense was justified. Generally a person may use reasonable force when it appears reasonably necessary to prevent an impending injury. A person using force in self-defense should use only so much force as is required to repel the attack.

      2. Shouldn’t prosecutors have to prove that self defense was NOT justified? I thought a man was innocent until proven guilty in the “just us” system.

      3. These protestors are well trained and pushed this guy to make him react badly then acted like the victims. It’s not good to get involved in a situation like this against professional protestors. OODA loop training is essential if you are going to go against these people.

      4. You have incredible hindsight! Had I not been in the woods camping, that grizzly bear would never had eaten me. Get real.

      5. Wow. I think in your case, stay home with your phone in hand with 911 programed.

        So if you avoid situations you woll be fine. Do not get involved. That is absolute garbage.

        I t is time to get involved. If a person carries or not is a personal decesion and right. Regardless thugs should not be the victims. This illustrates how our country has been transformed.

        If the world were perfect maybe this armed citizen would have presented his firearm in a perfect motion.

      6. By the way Mark, Mike Strickland was beaten badly last year, had his arm broken in three places and had his cameras stolen by an idiot in Portland. These idiots believe that free speech only involves what they have to say. The guy that beat him was caught on camera and still is not in jail. I know Mike and have even helped him film before, he is not a big guy and considering the disparity of force against him and knowing portlandia freaks, I don’t blame him at all for being in fear. Remember, there were hundreds of people there and at least a dozen coming toward him and wouldn’t stop even as he backed away. Several cops have already said that he was justified, but Portland is a Marxist mecca. I’m sending him a check now to help with legal fees. Here’s where you do it:

    3. Agreed. It’s obvious that “common sense” no longer has any meaning or value to anyone but especially law enforcement. Big Brother loves his own but will eat you.

  2. He swept the weapon across the crowd. The videos make it pretty clear that there were quite a few people there that were not attempting to agitate Strickland that still ended up down barrel. I don’t see how that is defensible.

    1. Mark – Please review the article and see the video at The owner of this site would not permit me to use their videos in my article. As I said earlier, if you get encircled in this situation, you are toast. Once they get behind you and prevent your escape, it’s over. Also, remember that last year this reporter found himself in this situation with anti-gun activists. He got severely beaten and his arm was broken in three places. It’s your call, but I would give him a little slack.

    2. Hey Mark, if he had a blue uniform on you would have found it defensible. Hell, if he had a blue uniform on he could have opened fire and you would have found it defensible.

      “..We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with unalienable rights, that among these are life…..”,

      Get a copy, read it. Everyone has the right to self defense, it comes from GOD, not from you or your bosses !!

    3. Agree completely. And two of the men who seconds later did what they could to help him. All on camera. I don’t have time to delve into this in detail, but he had several options other than sweeping the crowd, even if he felt the close proximity and danger of deadly assault by multiple opponents made it essential to draw (to cut down on reaction time). For example, he could have drawn and gone to a “Sul” position with the pistol pointing straight down at the ground, and held in close to his chest/diaphragm, and even held it with the support hand covering it to be less visible, all without sweeping anyone. That is a very good close in, low profile and safe ready position.

      Even if he was justified in drawing on some of the people there, he was not justified in sweeping the entire crowd, including people who were trying to help him. That is a fail.

      And this is also an example of why you should not go alone to such events. Go in a group.


  3. Insane. What are the damages? Who is the injured party? This is justice? This is anti-white vigilanteism. Can’t believe this country. What the hell happened to our country?

    1. Oregon is carry state. However, if you are a civilian, what happened to your right to protect yourself from a menacing crowd?. A sane person would withdraw from an armed person. However it appears that he remained a target to taunt. If you are a LEO, and you “fear” for your “safety” in that exact situation, you can justifiably pull the trigger. This is the sort of action by law enforcement that is making the news and tarnishing the LEO’s image nationwide. There will be some who will disagree and point out the cause for arrest and booking. I have witnessed the similar situation where the LEO simply chatted the situation down and everyone went home. So we see here an opportunity by the state to confiscate this mans wealth.

  4. When I was at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo this year I was about fifty feet away when one of the Mongols started yelling at someone down the stairway. The person along with several of his clan came up the stairs to confront the Mongol. Next thing bullets were flying and I was hitting the ground. What I have read was the other group was the Iron cross which has current and ex law officials. Their claim was they were out numbered by the Mongols and feared for their lives as justification for pulling guns and killing someone. Obviously there are two different laws on the books. If you are a civilian what good is open carry if you can’t protect yourself as the reporter feared for his life and was arrested. The person at the expo was a prison guard who shot the Mongol. He killed someone and walked away without charges being brought against him because he said he was outnumbered and he feared for his life. He could have easily walked on but took it upon his self along with his members to confront the others. Same situation with two different sets of laws!

  5. Mr. Strickland was clearly the victim here – it is also important to note that he has extensively recorded black supremacists and college professors espousing racial hatred towards whites – so he was a target without even stepping outside that day. But he braved it all the same and the charges are an absolute travesty – just like the Hammonds in Federal prison and the other political prisoners that are sitting in that county jail on trumped up charges.

  6. Obvious set up. That is why the camera ( although there are plenty around , but never show the protesters ) is always on the person being harassed.
    Where are the videos of the thugs ? You know, the ones that created the situation.

  7. I’m the odd man out, also a retired cop. This guy, pulls a gun, disengages the crowd, holsters and then re engages the crowd. Pulls his gun again, and then engages the crowd again.

    Sorry you don’t get to create the Exedient circumstances, exit that environment, then return, expecting a different outcome. His arrest is correct, he Demonstrated incredibly poor judgement. This douchebag tied the responding officers hands, via his actions.


  8. Come on people. I am a CCW holder and have been for over 40 years. I watched the entire video. I did not see any threat to his life. He was 100% dead wrong pulling out his firearm. He will be indicted for his stupidity PERIOD.

  9. Come on folks. This guy is dead wrong. I watched the video several times and at no time did I see any threat to his life. I am a CCW holder and have been for over 40 years. He will be indicted and most likely be convicted.

  10. Navy Jack ; You are spot on with your analysis concerning the current situation , that our Republic is facing ; This is a very dangerous’ situation especially when The U.N. would like too be our peace keeping force , with the blessing’s of the Obama White House , thing’s could go sideways very fast !!!

  11. Yeah, the guy with gun never should have put himself there in first place. Secondly, once he pulled gun, he should have turn and kept going. What this man does not realize is that these protesters do not stand for anything other than complete lack of accountability to anyone or anything. A lot are parasites off society. That is what they stand for. Hope guy with gun gets his act together too.

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