Suspect in fatal Portland, Ore., attack yells about 'free speech' in courtroom

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Defense attorney Gregory Scholls did not return a call for comment after the hearing.

A United States civil rights group report documented almost 900 such incidents in the 10 days following Trump's being elected president last November. Later, commotion erupted outside the courtroom. As 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.

The lone man to survive a stabbing attack on a Portland, Oregon, light rail train says he's having a hard time processing what happened. Oh yeah, you're right I do.

"I am very thankful as a Muslim, I am very thankful as a Portlander. that we stand together here as one", Muhammad Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Center, told The Associated Press. That's what I'm doing.

Later in May, he posted this hateful message on his Facebook, "I want a job in Norway cutting off the heads of people that Circumcize [sic] Babies.Like if you agree!"

Two Native American men in Washington were also reportedly targeted on Saturday.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the white supremacist suspected of fatally stabbing two men and seriously injuring one on a Portland, Oregon commuter train, had some time to express himself during a court appearance Tuesday.

The Portland attacker, Jeremy Christian, appeared in Multnomah County court earlier this week, where he faced charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of a weapon, and intimidation.

He made repeated outbursts in court. A witness later said Christian called Muslims "criminals" and yelled "get off the bus and out of this country because you don't pay taxes here".

Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson confirmed that the man in the KOIN video is Christian. "Get out if you don't like free speech!" Christian said he dropped out of high school, but passed the high school equivalency exam known as the GED.

Surveillance video then shows Christian turn his attention to a man, Taliesin Namkai-Meche, who was seated.

Christian's other views include misogyny and transphobia.


The surviving victim of the attack, Micah Fletcher, sat in the front row of the gallery during the arraignment, with a long, sutured wound visible on his neck. A stranger intervened, telling Christian he couldn't disrespect the girls in such a way, she said. One is black and the other was wearing a hijab. "They will always be loved in the eyes of this city", he said.

He told jailers he has no permanent address.

"These courageous men saw the immediate injustice and didn't hesitate to act", she wrote.

Mr. Meche's mother, Asha Deliverance of Ashland, Oregon, confirmed on Facebook that her son had been killed.

He was treated for his injuries and released by the hospital. Please condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech & hate groups.

Trump condemned the stabbings on Monday, calling them "unacceptable".

The third hero, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, survived with knife wounds described as serious but not life-threatening.

Fletcher is a local college student and poet.

In court on Tuesday, two police officers escorted Christian into the courtroom and from behind a panel of glass, the suspect bellowed, "Free speech or die Portland!".

The attack aboard a light-rail train happened Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims.

But additionally, Portland over the last several months has been the scene of a lot of increasingly tense confrontations between protesters protesting Donald Trump's presidential administration, Portland police and counter-protesters, sort of alt-right groups.

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