Portland Train Killing Suspect Rants Like Manson ... Your Terrorism Is My Patriotism!
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 18:03
Jeremy Christian was taking pulls of Sangria when he walked onto a MAX Green Line train at the Rose Quarter on Friday. "This is America, get out if you don't like free speech". And I think he's also anxious about the kind of thing, you know, that we saw in court today where you have supporters of the victims in this case and people who are calling themselves free speech activists clashing and that that could lead to more violence.
Chapman was arrested at a March 4 protest in Berkeley, the birthplace of the United States free speech movement in the 1960s that has become a flashpoint for the extreme left and right since Trump's election.
The U.S. General Services Administration, which manages the site of the scheduled free speech rally, issued a permit for Saturday, according to the Post, and is reportedly considering a permit for a "March Against Sharia" event on June 10, which the local media is describing as an anti-Muslim event.
Christian was arraigned on several charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, police say. When three men on the train intervened, police say, Christian attacked them, killing two and wounding one. One of them was wearing a hijab.
In a poignant letter written on Memorial Day, Asha Deliverance - whose son, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, was killed in the attack - urged Mr. Trump to "take action" in response to the slayings.
The surviving stabbing victim, Micah Fletcher, attended Tuesday's court hearing.
Dan Rather, the former TV news anchor, said in an open letter to the president on Facebook on Sunday that the men "were courageous Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist".
Dyjuana Hudson posted a photo on her Facebook page Saturday of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, saying: "Thank you thank you thank you".
"I just kept telling him, 'You're not alone".
Simpson says police also are investigating an incident that day involving Christian and a black woman on the train but didn't immediately respond to emails seeking additional details.
That was the final message of one of the men killed Friday after police said he confronted a man shouting racist hate speech on a commuter train.
"You need to get off this train".
Tomica Clark told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she has known Christian since elementary school.
As he made his way off the stopped train onto the Hollywood station platform, Christian picked up a bag left by one of the two teens he'd been threatening, tossing it onto Interstate 84 as he left the station. "Die", Christian said before being led out of court. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. He has three prior felonies. "Our prayers are with them".
The mother of a 23-year-old man stabbed to death on a Portland light-rail train while trying to defend two young women from an anti-Muslim tirade has asked President Trump to encourage Americans to protect and watch out for each other.
Wheeler and City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly denounced Christian's actions, and applauded the victims' bravery for standing up to Christian.