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.
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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 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…