Spencer Rendahl: Patriotism In Portland
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 19:14
The survivor of a stabbing attack in Portland, Oregon, that left two people dead and allegedly involved hate speech told ABC News that it is the "civic duty" and "moral responsibility" of all Portland residents to make sure all who live there feel at home.
- A video camera inside a patrol vehicle captured Christian saying, "I just stabbed a bunch of (expletive) in their neck".
"Get stabbed in the neck if you hate free speech".
Prosecutors say he attacked them after they confronted him for harassing two young black women, one of whom wore a Muslim head covering. It wasn't immediately clear if Namkai-Meche, 23, said something to Christian to draw his attention, but he stood up as Christian began shouting at him. Before leaving the train, Christian stabbed Namkai-Meche and Best again.
Fletcher, a 21-year-old student at Portland State University and a poet, also stood up to Christian.
Christian's next court appearance will be on June 7. Wheeler urged organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" in Portland and other similar events next weekend, saying they are inappropriate and could be unsafe. Christian, 35, yelled as he walked into his arraignment hearing, local NBC outlet KGW reported."He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia, and he told us we shouldn't be here, to get out of his country", Mangum said. I call it patriotism! Just before Christian was walked out of the courtroom, he tried another outburst.
If found guilty of the murder charges, Christian could face either life imprisonment or the death penalty. "You got no safe place", Christian said, just moments after entering the courtroom. "He threatened me and tons of people", Joey Gibson said.
The LaunchGood organisers acknowledged that money would never bring those who lost their lives, Best and Namkai-Meche, back. Fletcher said in an interview with CNN affiliate KPTV that his injuries missed being fatal by 1 millimeter.
The family of alleged stabber Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, said in a statement Thursday that "We can not begin to understand this senseless act" and that they denounce violence, bigotry and racism.
Meanwhile, video showed Christian grabbing his belongings and leaving the train, according to the affidavit.
Police say Christian has extensive associations with white supremacist and anti-immigrant hate groups.