Portland Train Attack Suspect Yells "Free Speech or Die" In Courtroom

Suspect Jeremy Joseph Christian, a 35-year-old convicted felon, entered the courtroom yelling "Free speech or die, Portland".

"Just remember that, you know, they got hurt, too", he said.

In the wake of the attack, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is asking the federal government to cancel a permit for what he called an "alt-right" rally scheduled for this Sunday, saying the event could make a hard situation worse. "This is America - get out if you don't like free speech". And in court documents that were filed, a police detective says there is cellphone and surveillance video of the stabbings that took place on this light rail train in Portland.

In the probable cause affidavit, prosecutors said video feeds in the back of a patrol auto captured Christian saying after his arrest that he had stabbed three people in the neck.

In a letter to President Donald Trump yesterday, Namkai Meche's mother described her son as a hero who died defending two women threatened by bigotry and terror.

Christian, facing several counts of aggravated murder and attempted murder, also made sure to the let court know that he wished "death to the enemies of America. death to antifa".

Christian, who was being recorded while in the back of the vehicle, said,"I'm happy now".

The memorial for Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche was held in Ashland's Lithia Park on Saturday evening. 
The memorial for Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche was held in Ashland's Lithia Park on Saturday evening. Liam Moriarty JPR

Court documents allege a man charged with fatally stabbing two men and injuring a third who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade in Portland, Oregon, bragged about the attacks as he sat in the back of a police patrol auto.

Before she left the MAX train, she said officers allowed her to stop and say a prayer at Best's side.

Police have been investigating his alleged extremist ideology, while his Facebook page is filled with anti-Semitic comments and other evidence of his views.

Numerous early settlers to OR were from Southern states and brought with them negative attitudes about blacks, said Karen Gibson, a professor of urban studies at Portland State University.

A third passenger, Micah Fletcher, stood up as well and pushed Christian hard enough to make him stumble, the affidavit said. Detective Michele Michaels said in a probable cause affidavit made public Tuesday that the videos had audio of Christian spewing racial and religious epithets during the attack. The attack happened after three men, including 21-year-old Micah Fletcher, intervened, according to police. The teens moved toward the back of the train, preparing to get off at the next stop. They escaped, unhurt, after Christian pulled out a knife and began attacking the three good Samaritans. After stabbing Fletcher, Christian then allegedly stabbed Myrddin Namkai-Meche in the neck and subsequently stabbed him a second time.

"I hope we rise to the memory of these two gentlemen who lost their lives", Wheeler said. Fletcher said in an interview with CNN affiliate KPTV that his injuries missed being fatal by one millimeter. Around 2.35 pm, a man who identified himself only as a friend of the suspect, emerged from the courtroom and was immediately confronted by the crowd who yelled, "you're a Nazi" and "where's your pride now?"

  • Leroy Wright