'You've no safe place', Portland white supremacist tells court
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 7:06
On Friday night, Christian reportedly harassed riders of the Portland train by shouting insults at two Muslim women and acting erratically. Police said he stabbed Namkai-Meche, Micah Fletcher and Rick Best after they came to the defense of two young girls who were the focus of his yelling.
Witnesses to the incident said Christian-targeted "hate speech" at two African-American girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab and shouted comments like "I don't care if you are ISIS" and "Go home, we need Americans here". You got no safe place. Over the rustle of shuffling papers, Christian declared, with his chest pushed out, "Death to the enemies of America. Get out if you don't like free speech". "I am praying you will use your leadership to do so", the letter read. "When I did pull my headphone off my ear, what I heard the attacker say was "I pay taxes this is my train" and he was making reference to colored people ruining the city and he had first amendment rights", Macy said.
He repeatedly yelled over courtroom personnel.
United States President Donald Trump in a tweet on Monday condemned the fatal stabbings of two good samaritans who tried to stop a man from harassing a pair of women who appeared to be Muslim. Three other men on the train intervened before police say Christian attacked them, killing two and wounding one.
The defendent told police that he has no mental health issues, no income and can not recall the last time he had a permanent address. The interviewer wrote that Christian became loud and animated when talking about what he believed to be the suppression of free speech.
Christian's criminal records also showed a number of felonies dating back to 2002, including first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack to determine whether to charge Christian with terrorism or a federal hate crime, Portland FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said.
Christian stabbed three men. "I'll stab you, too, (expletive)", he said.
They are also discussing an endowment or scholarship program in honor of Namkai-Meche, a recent college graduate, whose "enthusiasm was infectious" according to his family. "Please condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech & hate groups".
The attack happened Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims.
Soon after the tragedy Muslim groups Muslim Education Trust and CelebrateMercy, started a crowdfunding campaign for the victims in order to "respond to hate with love".