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Man accused of pointing gun at Portland protesters banned from PSU, PCC

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Michael Strickland at Black Lives Matter rally in Portland. (Source: KPTV) Michael Strickland at Black Lives Matter rally in Portland. (Source: KPTV)
Michael Strickland at Black Lives Matter rally in Portland. (Source: KPTV) Michael Strickland at Black Lives Matter rally in Portland. (Source: KPTV)
Michael Strickland in court last week. (Source: KPTV) Michael Strickland in court last week. (Source: KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man caught on camera pulling a gun during a rally in Portland has been banned from the campuses of Portland State University and Portland Community College.

Michael Strickland, 36, is awaiting trial on felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon, as well as misdemeanor charges of menacing.

Strickland was arrested the evening of July 7 during a "Black Lives Matter" rally in downtown Portland.

Strickland said he was at the rally as a journalist to post video to YouTube. FOX 12 cameras caught him pulling out a gun. He said he was being threatened by protesters.

“What happened was there were 10 or 12 people that surrounded me. They started pushing and shoving me. They were using their flagstaffs as weapons,” he told FOX 12 just prior to his arrest. “I’m backing up. They kept coming towards me, they kept coming towards me. That’s why I drew.”

Police responded and took Strickland into custody. Officers said he was carrying five extra magazines.

On Wednesday, Portland State University banned Strickland from the campus for two years. Portland Community College imposed an indefinite ban.

Strickland has no prior criminal history, but the district attorney described him as a danger to the community, saying he previously confronted a person attending a vigil for the Orlando shooting last month and harassed them with racially based threats. Strickland remained in jail Wednesday with bail set at $250,000.

Strickland's attorney told FOX 12 on Wednesday that he is asking the public to withhold judgment until all the evidence is presented, which he said includes new video evidence.

Strickland and his attorney have also requested the return of his video cameras seized by police during his arrest last week.

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