Bail set at $250K for man who pointed gun at #BlackLivesMatter protesters in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. —
A 36-year-old man was arrested Thursday after pulling a gun on a crowd of protesters in downtown Portland.
At a court appearance Friday, Michael Strickland's bail was set at $250,000. He is currently lodged in the Multnomah County Jail.
According to court documents, in addition to the loaded handgun, police found several magazines and a pocket knife on Strickland.
"The state has serious concerns about Mr. Strickland being out in the community without supervision," a prosecutor said during court proceedings.
The defense argued, that as a journalist, Strickland had been assaulted on the job before, has an open carry permit and no criminal history.
However, prosecutors were quick to cite other reports, including an alleged incident during a candlelight vigil in downtown Portland last month to honor the Orlando nightclub shooting victims. According to prosecutors, an attendee there claimed they received threatening phone calls and text messages in the days following some type of heated exchange with Strickland. The attendee, according to the report, believes Strickland orchestrated the threats.
Strickland's attorney said the claims were inaccurate.
A large rally for Black Lives Matter gathered near the justice center around 8 p.m. Thursday. The protest remained peaceful, until police say Strickland pointed a weapon at the crowd.
No shots were fired and no one was injured.
People attending the rally, including Andy C. Ngo with the PSU Vanguard, posted video of the incident on social media:
The self-proclaimed journalist produces content for websites like Progressive Today and Laughing at Liberals channel on YouTube. KATU News also confirmed through the Oregon Secretary of State website that Strickland runs the 2nd Amendment Action Center network. According to the business registry, Strickland is listed as the president of the nonprofit.
At a Dallas, Texas protest Thursday night, a sniper opened fire on police, killing five officers and injuring seven others.