The video begins with a voice over during footage of the protests in which Mike states that a third of the people who follow his Youtube channel want to see him get arrested and this will make them happy because he was finally arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.
In the portion of the video that actually shows the arrest, Mike is heard responding to an unheard statement by asking, “I’m under arrest?” He’s then told to step down from a wall he is standing on, presumably to get a better view for filming the protest, by a group of riot cops. After he discusses wanting to have the SD car from his camera placed into evidence, Mike then asks why he is being arrested. One of the police officers replies, “for being in the street” and then asks, “how many warnings did you have to come out of the street?” At that point, Mike states, “I’d like to invoke my right to remain silent; I’d like to speak to a lawyer, please.”
The video then returns to a voice over in which Mike states that he gives the officers who arrested him credit for being proffesional and treating him with dignity and respect. However, he also states that he wishes the police would have treated the protesters at the City Hall with the same respect and that he is “livid” over the way things were handled.
Mike BlueHair films the police in and around Portland as part of “Film The Police Portland,” also referred to as “FTP PDX.” In addition he has traveled to various other parts of the country to film the police. He has a very active Youtube channel, which he has uploaded thousands of videos to. In fact, it could very easily be questioned whether the police should be ordering him to leave the street (the stated basis for his arrest) based his years of work as a journalist documenting protests and other activities, if he was simply observing and not actively participating at the time.
Mike has been featured many times over the years in posts on CopBlock.org. Below are links to posts in which Mike has been involved in or mentioned within.