Suspect in Portland light rail slayings to appear in court

Olive Rios
June 2, 2017

TriMet also invites the public to participate in the minute of silence.

- A video camera inside a patrol vehicle captured Christian saying, "I just stabbed a bunch of (expletive) in their neck". He was released from the hospital Monday.

Coco Douglas, 8, leaves a handmade sign and rocks she painted at a memorial in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, May 27, 2017, for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-M. Jeremy Christian yelled as he walked into the courtroom Tuesday. His court-appointed attorney, Gregory Scholls, has not returned a call.

Just as Jeremy Christian concluded his brief appearance, yelling and screaming could be heard from the hallway as supporters of the victims confronted a supporter of the defendant.

Deputies escorted the man from the scene, prompting the group to lash out at law enforcement for protecting him.

Courtroom security barred spectators from leaving the arraignment until the disruption simmered down.

"And then we turned around while they were fighting, and he just started stabbing people, and it was just blood everywhere, and we just started running for our lives", Mangum said. Some wrote messages in big nubs of blue and pink chalk: "Interrupt hate even if you die", and "Raise your children to be upstanders, like them". That's what I'm doing. "As much as I can, in whatever way I can". Two of the men were killed. You've got no safe place.

Christian attended a similar rally in late April wearing an American flag around his neck and carrying a baseball bat. She said her friend is Muslim, but she's not.

Court documents based on Jeremy Christian's interview at the Multnomah County Jail show he was concerned about free speech.

In all, Christian stabbed three men.

The aggravated murder charges carry a maximum penalty of death.

The grand jury should convene by next Tuesday, he said, and Christian will be presented with any indictments at his next court appearance.

In Tampa on May 19, a former neo-Nazi told police that he killed two of his roommates because they were "disrespecting" his newly chosen Islamic faith; a third roommate who was uninjured had a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in his room along with firearms, ammunition and suspected bomb-making materials. Christian pushed Best into Namkai-Meche, who was seated trying to stop the bleeding from his wound.

Police are examining Christian's background, "including the information publicly available about the suspect's extremist ideology", they said in a news release. During a two-hour meeting at City Hall last week, Hayes's family members and other black leaders read speeches, pleading with Wheeler and the city council to address racism. Michaels says the girls told her they had felt threatened.

Christian faces charges of aggravated murder and other crimes. She says such a step would deeply honor her son's sacrifice. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance.

Fletcher is a student at Portland State University and was taking the train from classes to his job at a pizza shop when the attack occurred.

Taliesin died a hero, like many other Americans who have died defending freedom. One of the women was wearing a hijab.

"There have been skinheads in that region forever", said Heidi Beirich, spokeswoman for the law center.

Back in high school, he won a citywide Portland Public Schools poetry slam.

Christian is accused of fatally stabbing Taliesin Meche and Ricky Best, and injuring Micah Fletcher after going on an anti-Muslim rant on a Portland train on May 26, reports the New York Daily News.

President Donald Trump condemned the stabbings, writing Monday on Twitter: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. Our prayers are w/ them". In a Facebook post, Scott Ryan Presler blamed "inflammatory comments" by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler that he said put participants at risk of violence.

Mr Wheeler's call for the rally to be cancelled came amid a wider debate in the U.S. about the First Amendment, often in liberal cities like Portland and Berkeley and on college campuses, where violent protests between far-right and far-left protesters have derailed appearances by contentious figures.

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