Police ID Man With Gun Arrested At Portland Protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police have identified the counter-protester who displayed a gun during a Portland rally to protest the deaths of two black men shot by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says 36-year-old Michael Strickland has been charged with menacing and disorderly conduct.

The man told The Oregonian/OregonLive he showed the weapon because he was being surrounded by “anarchists.”

No shots were fired during Thursday’s incident, which happened the same night snipers shot and killed five Dallas police officers and wounded seven more at a demonstration.

On Wednesday, a Minnesota officer fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child. A day earlier, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers.

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