A man in Portland Oregon was convicted on Friday (Feb 11) for pulling out a gun and aiming at a group of Black Lives Matter protesters during a ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’ march.
Michael Aaron Strickland, 37, was found guilty of 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 10 counts of menacing and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct for pointing his Glock semi-automatic handgun at 10 protesters, KOIN 6 reports.
During his week-long trial, Strickland’s defense was that as an independent journalist, he was covering the event and felt threatened when the crowded approached him. However, prosecutors determined that Strickland didn’t have a reasonable fear that he was in imminent danger since many of the people in the crowd had their hands raised.
Although no rounds were fired during the incident involving Strickland, police determined that he had access to more than 120 rounds that were in magazines in his pockets.
Sentencing will be held in May. View video of the incident below: