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

Michele Moreno
June 11, 2017

Family members of Jeremy Christian, the suspect in last week's gruesome MAX train attack, released a statement expressing sympathy for the victims.

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.

Christian bragged about what he had done, saying "that's what liberalism gets you", as he sat in the back of a police auto, according to court documents. "Get out if you don't like free speech", notes the Portland Mercury.

A group of about 20 people or so gathered outside the courtroom Tuesday and could be heard yelling things like "bigot" and "murderer" throughout the proceedings. "Leave this country if you hate our freedom", he added.

"You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism".

"I want the Muslim community to know that they have a home here in Portland and are loved", Fletcher said in the statement.

Micah Fletcher's survival of last week's deadly OR train stabbing may have come down to millimeters - the attacker's blade, he says, sliced into his neck but just missed his carotid artery.

Christian faces nine charges: two counts of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, first-degree assault, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of intimidation.

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

A heart-shaped wreath covered with positive messages hangs on a traffic light pole at a memorial for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday, while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women, including one wearing a Muslim head covering, on a light-trail train in Portland, Ore, Saturday, May 27, 2017. Christian was standing close to Namkai-Meche when Fletcher stood up, too, the affidavit said.

One of the survivors of the recent Portland attack has said that he does not want anyone to make the story about him, but to focus on the real issue, the abuse faced by the two young girls.

A white man riding on that train on Friday began screaming anti-Muslim insults at a black 16-year-old girl and her 17-year-old Muslim friend wearing a hijab.

KK eventually got up and move to the other side of the train, she said. Micah Fletcher, who was nearby, got up and stood next to Namkai-Meche. Over the rustle of shuffling papers, Christian declared, with his chest pushed out, "Death to the enemies of America". Fletcher told Christian to get off the train, according to the affidavit. He then stabbed Namkai-Meche in the neck. A fourth passenger, Ricky Best, tried to come to their aid and was immediately stabbed as well. Before leaving the train, Christian stabbed Namkai-Meche and Best again. According to Oregon Live, Christian admitted to his crimes, allegedly telling police, "I stabbed the two motherf*ckers in the neck and I'm happy now".

Christian is a 3-time convicted felon with a criminal history dating back to 1996. "I can rest easy".

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. I'm gonna say that on the stand.

Macy said she hopes to be in touch with both the Fletcher and Best families as well.

Christian fled after the incident, however, he was captured and arrested by the police soon after.

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

Christian has three prior felonies.

Other reports by Insurance News

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