Freelance Journalist is arrested for pulling a gun on Black Lives Matter activists chasing him down

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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.

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