Police do nothing as protester shuts down College Republicans event

Campus Reform
March 8, 2019

After police refused to intervene, an individual successfully shut down an event held by the Portland State chapter of College Republicans.

The group had invited conservative blogger Michael Strickland to speak Tuesday night about an incident in 2016 during which he was arrested and convicted after brandishing a gun at a mob that was targeting him.

“I can make sh*t up if I want”   

However, Strickland’s entire speech was shut down due to the disruption of one protester. According to a report by journalist Andy Ngo, one man up-ended the entire event by following Strickland around with a bell, shouting over him when he attempted to speak, and standing in front of a projector. Police refused to intervene with the non-violent disruption.

Video shows the disrupter announcing that the last time Strickland came to campus, several transgender people were attacked by people attending his speech. When Strickland responds that he has never been to Portland State’s campus before, the disrupter shouts “Oh weird. That’s so weird. I wonder what gave me that source. Oh yeah, I just f**king made it up, ‘cause I can make sh*t up if I want.”

Video shows police present, witnessing the entire incident, and allowing it to continue.

Strickland eventually attempts to circumvent the disruption by giving his speech directly to a live stream instead of the room, but the disrupter continues to shout over him and drown him out with a bell.

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The protester “made it clear that his sole intention was to de-platform us, not to have a debate,” the Portland State College Republicans told Campus Reform. “Campus security would not intervene, stating that since this was a public event, they won’t end disturbances short of threats, violence, or property damage, no matter how disruptive it is. This continued for around an hour and 20…

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