Accused Portland killer shows no remorse in court

Posted June 01, 2017

During his court appearance on Tuesday, he added: 'Free speech or die Portland, you got no safe space.

Immediately upon entering the Multnomah County Justice Center Courthouse in OR for his arraignment on Tuesday, Jeremy Christian loudly interrupted the ongoing proceedings from inside his holding chamber, as two officers flanked him. "Leave this country if you hate our freedom", Christian is reported to have yelled.

Police say Christian has extensive associations with white supremacist and anti-immigrant hate groups.

According to police affidavits and audio obtained from squad cars, Christian was also heard bragging about his stabbings of three men standing up to him on the train after his continued harassment of a woman wearing a headscarf.

Christian faces two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder, one count of assault in the first degree, two counts of intimidation and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

The surviving stabbing victim, Micah Fletcher, attended Tuesday's court hearing.

Destinee Mangum, one of the girls targeted in his outburst, said to KPTV, "He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia and he told us we shouldn't be here, to get out of his country". And I think he's also anxious about the kind of thing, you know, that we saw in court today where you have supporters of the victims in this case and people who are calling themselves free speech activists clashing and that that could lead to more violence.

But he choked up when he spoke about the two men who died, Namkai-Meche and Best.

Portland's public buses and trains will stop at noon Friday for a moment of silence to honor Namkai-Meche, Best and Fletcher, the city's TriMet transportation service said. The third, Micha David-Cole Fletcher, a university student, had surgery for his stab wounds and is expected to recover.

SIEGEL: Amelia, what more do we know about Christian and what might have led to the events on the train? "When I did pull my headphone off my ear, what I heard the attacker say was "I pay taxes this is my train" and he was making reference to colored people ruining the city and he had first amendment rights", Macy said. The other was wearing a hijab.

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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.

"I'm healing. That's what I'm doing".

Christian stabbed three men.

"Free speech or die, Portland!".

After several attempts to get Christian to calm down, he made a sudden move in the direction of victim Taliesin Namkai-Meche, who responded by standing up.

The details are gory, but when the men intervened, Christian was shown on video to have stabbed them in the neck.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said he appreciated Trump's words but stressed the need for action.

On Tuesday, Wheeler reiterated his call to organizers of a June 4 rally to cancel, saying he fears it could further enflame tensions.

"Our City is in mourning, our community's anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already hard situation", he said. The mayor called for the cancellation of a pre-scheduled "Trump Free Speech Rally" planned for next weekend, saying the event would be inappropriate and warning it may pose a risk to public safety.