Unease about white supremacy grows after Portland stabbings
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 17:58
Jeremy Christian yelled as he walked into the courtroom Tuesday.
Christian, who is from OR, had been hurling racial slurs at two teenage girls - one of whom was Muslim - just before allegedly killing his victims, Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Portland.
According to the documents, the suspect had also supported Senator Bernie Sanders, the Wall Street-bashing 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.
Immediately upon entering the Multnomah County Justice Center Courthouse in OR for his arraignment on Tuesday, Jeremy Christian loudly interrupted the ongoing proceedings from inside his holding chamber, as two officers flanked him. "This is America, get out if you don't like free speech".
Before the statement was released, journalist Dan Rather criticized Trump's silence, writing: "This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House", because "they were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or a 'radical Islamic terrorist.'" In Slate, writer Elliot Hannon points out that Trump had a day and a half to respond to the murders after returning from his trip overseas, and instead tweeted 21 times from his personal account, including tweets accusing the media of being "fake news".
Standing behind glass partitions in the defendant's area, he continued: "Death to the enemies of America". A third man who also intervened and was wounded was released Tuesday from a hospital.
Fletcher-Cole pushes at Christian, who stumbles, and tells him to get off the train.
In the audience was Micah Fletcher, who also tried to intervene in Friday's attack and was injured.
Fletcher was slashed in the throat but survived, the paper reported.
"I didn't want to hear it". "I want to honor the families who lost their fearless fathers, sons and brothers, and I want the media and the country to honor those families".
"I want the families of those two men that their children are heroes".
An affidavit obtained by the Oregonian on Tuesday offered more details on the attack. One woman was wearing a hijab. A Republican, according to news accounts, he ran in the non-partisan Clackamas County commissioner's race and refused to take campaign contributions - a gesture that some locals, in my experience, would say is a "very Portland thing" to do.
"I am praying you will use your leadership to do so", she posted on Facebook.
All the while, he was drinking sangria wine from a plastic container, the affidavit said.
One passenger tried to calm Christian down, but it didn't work.
The men were "angels walking among us", said Rachel Macy, a passenger who witnessed the scene and prayed with Namkai-Meche as he lay bleeding on the floor.
The teens moved toward the back of the train, preparing to get off at the next stop. Christian shoved Fletcher, and pulled out a folding knife.
Both Best and Meche suffered multiple stab wounds, but those to the neck proved fatal, according to the document.
Christian fled after the incident, however, he was captured and arrested by the police soon after.
Prosecutors say the man charged with stabbing three men aboard a Portland light-rail train confessed while in the back seat of a patrol auto after his arrest.
Christian stumbled, but regained his feet and said "hit me again", as Fletcher told him to get off the train, prosecutors say. Die bitch. Fucking die. "This is my safe place!" as protesters crowd around him. Both have advocated breaking up the United States into separate regions for different races in a weird white nationalist version of the late Elijah Muhammad's dream of a black nation for his Nation of Islam. "I'm gonna say that on the stand".