UNEQUAL ENFORCEMENT OF LAW BREEDS DISRESPECT FOR LAW
A District Attorney has a great deal of power & authority. He/she can pick and choose who to prosecute and what to prosecute for. Unequal enforcement of the law is wrong, regardless of the law or person involved. Your neighbor should not be prosecuted for the EXACT SAME OFFENSE that the DA ignored last year when he caught YOU committing it.
Regardless, the worst kind of prosecutions (AKA persecutions) are those based upon political beliefs. Yes, we all know that big wig politicians, such as Bill & Hillary Clinton, can get away with outlandish lawbreaking IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE WORLD and just walk away.
We are not talking about big names “getting away with murder.” I am describing here the GROSSLY UNEQUAL treatment of two Portland journalists. They may or may not be known to many Portlanders, but they certainly are not big wigs. Thus, their incidents of alleged lawbreaking would surely be treated equally by the SAME District Attorney’s office, right?
LEFT-WING JOURNALIST IS FREE TO ASSAULT RIGHT-WING JOURNALIST
In March 2015 Left-Wing video journalist Skye Fitzgerald met with a Right-Wing video journalist, Michael Strickland*, at a Gresham, OR restaurant to discuss a project they had previously agreed to work on together.
Fitzgerald was not happy with how the discussion was going, lunges over the table and grabs both of Strickland’s cameras. They get in a small brawl inside the restaurant so the manager tells them that they need to leave. Fitzgerald walks out with Strickland following and talking with 911 on his cellphone. Fitzgerald still has Strickland’s camera equipment.
The two wind up in the parking lot, where Fitzgerald tackles Strickland to the ground. Strickland’s arm is broken in three places and his shoulder is dislocated. Fitzgerald then puts Strickland’s cameras in his car, gets in and drives away.
Strickland’s arm was so badly damaged that surgery and hospitalization was required. Strickland’s doctor said he would likely never regain full use of the arm.
Portland police originally arrested Fitzgerald, but District Attorney Rod Underhill refused to prosecute for assault & battery and refused to prosecute for theft. We have no idea if the authorities even bothered to retrieve Strickland’s camera equipment from Fitzgerald.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY DA THROWS
THE BOOK AT RIGHT-WING JOURNALIST
A year later, DA Underhill charged like a raging bull at a Right-Wing Journalist, Michael Strickland, after he merely DISPLAYED his legal handgun to scare off 10-12 Black Lives Matter thugs.
Michael Strickland WAS an independent journalist/videographer who was covering a BLM protest in Portland, Oregon on July 7, 2016 when he became surrounded by a BLM mob, some with sticks & masks.
When Underhill was finished with him, Strickland was unemployed and homeless. Victory for the Leftist Hack pretending to be a prosecutor.
As the mob continued to surround and outflank Strickland, they chanted “get him” and other threatening words. Strickland did what any self-defense expert would tell him to do. He retreated as best he could before being surrounded and overwhelmed by the ever-growing mob.
Realizing he was now nearly surrounded and in fear for his life, Strickland drew his lawfully concealed firearm and used it to keep the crowd at bay. The gun was out of his holster for about 15 SECONDS. He never fired a shot. His finger never touched the trigger.
PROSECUTOR SAW A CHANCE TO SILENCE
AN EFFECTIVE RIGHT-WING JOURNALIST
Strickland was questioned and released that night and was ordered to court on a misdemeanor count of menacing. When Underhill discovered that he had the hated Laughing at Liberals guy, the one misdemeanor charge ballooned into 20 felony & 1 misdemeanor charges.
The Leftist machine in Portland had their guy and they weren’t going to let him go.
D.A. Rod Underhill REFUSED to prosecute the left-wing filmmaker, Skye Fitzgerald, who attacked, injured, and robbed Strickland ON CAMERA in 2015. Yet he OVERCHARGED Strickland for showing his handgun to advancing thugs. Even non-partisan citizens have reason to fear political prosecutions. Tomorrow it could be YOU who voices the “wrong” idea.
Diane L. Gruber
Oregon Attorney At Law
*AKA William Saunderson. Strickland used a pseudo name to protect the safety of himself, family & friends. This is necessary for “right-wing” journalists on the West Coast because Liberals are free to harass, stalk, menace people who voice Conservative ideas. Antifa is even known to picket outside Conservatives’ houses and harass their employers.