Trump condemns fatal Oregon stabbings; says victims stood against hate
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 3:20
A statement emerged in the morning on the POTUS Twitter account - but not Trump's personal page - after the President kept quiet for days about slaying that left two people dead.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who flew home from a business trip in London after learning of the attack, praised the men as "heroes" who were "all attacked because they did the right thing". "Let's do them honor by standing with them and carrying on their legacy of standing up to hate and bigotry and violence". "Our prayers are w/ them", the tweet said.
"Their actions were fearless and selfless and should serve as an example, an inspiration to us all", Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said, according to the Associated Press. "I'll stab you, too, (expletive)", he said.
Her voice sometimes cracking as she spoke, Mangum said the experience was "haunting her".
The aggravated murder charges carry a maximum penalty of death.
Chapman was arrested at a March 4 protest in Berkeley, the birthplace of the US free speech movement in the 1960s that has become a flashpoint for the extreme left and right since Trump's election.
"I am very thankful as a Muslim, I am very thankful as a Portlander. that we stand together here as one", Muhammad A. Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Center, said Saturday. Clark is black and said Christian had many black friends. He faces several misdemeanors including two counts of second-degree intimidation.
President Donald Trump on Monday condemned as "unacceptable" the stabbing deaths of two men who defended two young women being targeted by a suspected white supremacist on a train in Oregon.
Witnesses said Christian stabbed three people who tried to calm him down after he was directing hate speech at two women on the train who are believed to be Muslim.
The attack happened on the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims, and sent shockwaves through a city that prides itself on its tolerance and liberal views.
"He died fighting the good fight, protecting the innocent", said Mr Best's son.
Micah Fletcher suffered a neck wound Friday after coming to the defense of two young women who were verbally abused by a man before he allegedly stabbed Fletcher and two other men who died.
He has been identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Christian, of North Portland.
"They lost their lives because of me and my friend, and the way we looked", she told KPTV in Oregon. Police say the victims were killed as they confronted a man who was shouting insults against Muslims. "It was just blood everywhere and we just started running for our lives".
"It appears preliminarily that the victims - at least a couple of them - were trying to intervene in his behavior, deescalate him and protect some other people on the train when [the suspect] viciously attacked them", Simpson said.
Police declined to release details of Christian's criminal history, but the newspaper reported he had been convicted of robbery, kidnapping and weapon charges, citing court records.