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

December 16 2017, 10:35 | Irvin Gilbert

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"Free speech or die, Portland!". You got no safe place.

"Free speech or die Portland".

Jeremy Joseph Christian began yelling when he walked into the courtroom Tuesday. "Death to the enemies of America", he said.

"Leave this country if you hate our freedom", he said Tuesday, towards the end of his arraignment.

I'm writing to you today, Memorial Day, to share my heart after losing my son.

"Without them, we probably would be dead right now", said 16-year-old Destinee Mangum, who, nearly in wonderment, added, "They didn't even know me".

The account is the first complete version of events to be released by Fletcher.

SIEGEL: What do we know about the suspect in this case, about Christian?

The mother of a 23-year-old man stabbed to death on a Portland light-rail train while trying to defend two young women from an anti-Muslim tirade has asked President Trump to encourage Americans to protect and watch out for each other.

One of the girls was wearing a headscarf and is believed to be Muslim.

"The little girl who had the misfortune to experience what happened on that [train], her life is never going to be the same", he said in the video.

Court documents describe a chaotic scene on the train from the moment Christian boarded. A "Trump Free Speech Rally" and a "March Against Sharia" are scheduled next month at a plaza managed by the US government.

Transit officials plan to halt all buses and trains Friday in a moment of silence honoring the men killed and others affected by the attack on a northeast Portland train.

Macy remembers the moment the suspect, Jeremy Christian, got on the MAX train. Micah Fletcher's neck wound was just a few millimeters away from being fatal, according to doctors.

Prohibiting a rally based on the political views of demonstrators would be unconstitutional even though "our hearts are broken" following the stabbings, said Mat Dos Santos, the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

According to his Facebook page and criminal records, Christian is a known right-wing extremist and white supremacist. "I can rest easy". "I can die in prison a happy man", the suspect told police while in custody following the crime. I'm gonna say that on the stand. "I call it patriotism".

Christian, who is a self-proclaimed white nationalist, has a long history of confrontations with police. Mangum, who said she is not Muslim, and a friend who was wearing a hijab were on the train late Friday afternoon when a man, later identified by authorities as Jeremy Joseph Christian, entered the auto and started screaming slurs at them.

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



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