April 23, 2019

Portland murder suspect appears in court, declares alleged crimes acts of 'patriotism'

01 June 2017, 09:52 | Rhonda Young

Portland murder suspect appears in court, declares alleged crimes acts of 'patriotism'

Portland murder suspect appears in court, declares alleged crimes acts of 'patriotism'

A third passenger, Best, gets involved as well, Christian then allegedly stabbed all three in the neck. But Fletcher's grandmother tells KOIN another hero emerged from the attack - an Iraq war veteran who she says helped Fletcher, possibly saving his life.

The attacker shouted foul language and ranted against Muslims just after he boarded the train last Friday, passenger Rachel Macy told The Oregonian/OregonLive ( ).

Court documents from Tuesday said Christian "reports he is transient and does not know the last time he had a permanent address", according to CNN. "This man is screaming at you, his face is a pile of knives, his body is a gun". The members of the California-based White Aryan Resistance killed him with a baseball bat.

"It felt tense. It felt like something bad was about to happen", said Macy. All three were strangers to each other, and to those they were defending.

"Suffice it to say, that I think it's immensely, immensely and morally wrong how much money we have gotten as opposed to the money, love, kindness that has been given to that little girl", he said, speaking of the money raised for him and the slain victims' families. "We in Portland have this weird tendency to continue patterns that we've done forever, and one of them is the same old, just to put it bluntly, white savior complex". "We're here", Macy said.

"I didn't want to hear it".

Wheeler said he would deny any applications by organizers to apply for a permit, though it was not clear whether they had sought city permission, which would be needed if the protesters want to march on streets around the park. "Most importantly, funds will go toward mental health services to ensure their mental and emotional welfare".

While in the back of a Portland police vehicle, Christian confessed to the stabbing and told officers, "I can die a happy man", according to court documents. "We are very distraught over what happened to them and we are very sad for their families".

"The Muslim community, especially in Portland, needs to understand that there are a lot of us that are not going to stand by and let anybody - whether they are from here or not - scare you into thinking you can't be a part of this town, this city, this community, or this country", he told ABC. He yelled statements including, "Go home, we need American here", "I don't care if you are ISIS", and "Free speech or die". I am praying you will use your leadership to do so.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was in Multnomah County courtroom Tuesday afternoon facing two counts of felony aggravated murder and other charges for the Friday incident on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train.

Fletcher-Cole survived his injuries and showed up Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court as Christian made his first appearance on murder, assault and other charges. His wound was within millimeters of being fatal, court documents say.

"Your words and actions are meaningful, here in America and throughout the world", Deliverance wrote to Trump.

Scott Ryan Presler blamed Wheeler for the cancellation. The event organized by the group Patriot Prayer is billed on its Facebook page as a Trump Free Speech Rally in "one of the most liberal areas of the West Coast".

Gibson said one of his goals is to "promote. turn [ing] a blue state into a red state", and said, "It's really not about provoking, it's about fighting for your right to assembly and to show what you believe in".

Rally organizer Joey Gibson condemned Christian in a phone interview with The AP but rejected the mayor's call to cancel his event.

Prosecutors say the man charged with stabbing three men aboard a Portland light-rail train confessed to the crimes while in the back seat of a patrol auto after his arrest.

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