Portland hate crime unacceptable, says Trump

May 31, 2017, 05:26
Portland hate crime unacceptable, says Trump

That passenger Rachel Macy, told OregonLive that as medics put him on a stretcher and took him away, his final words were: "Tell everyone on this train I love them". Anti-Muslim incidents increased more than 50 percent in the United States past year, it said.

Mangum says the man told them "to go back to Saudi Arabia" and told them to get out of "his country".

Joseph Jeremy Christian, 35, was arrested after he allegedly slashed the throats of several men who attempted to intervene in his anti-Islam tirade on a train in Oregon.

KK eventually got up and move to the other side of the train, she said.

The 35-year-old OR man is accused of stabbing to death two good Samaritans who came to the rescue of two young women being harangued on a Portland commuter train. "We're very appreciative of what's being done for us".

The two young women "could have been the victims, but three heroes jumped in and supported them", he said.

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A Go Fund Me account set up for the families of the men killed in the attack raised more than $420,000 by midday Monday and another for the wounded man raised more than $175,000.

His social media postings indicate an affinity for Nazis and political violence.

The attack happened Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims.

Christian is now being held without bail on various charges included aggravated murder, according to police.

Video obtained by CNN affiliate KOIN shows that Christian was involved in similar behavior on a MAX train only one day before he was accused of fatally stabbing Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Portland.

When asked if he identified with Wheeler's "alt-right" description, Gibson said: "When someone can explain to me what alt-right means, I'll answer it".

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A third person, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was also injured in the attack and remains hospitalized.

Christian, 35, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

"I have reached out to all of the victims and their families, including the two women who were terrorized and subjected to such hatred and bigotry", Wheeler said in a statement on Monday. In 2013, Fletcher won a 2013 poetry competition, the Verselandia poetry slam, with a poem condemning prejudices faced by Muslims, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive (http://bit.ly/2s2qPXH ).

A convicted felon from Portland, Christian was shouting ethnic and religious slurs to intimidate two women riding on a MAX light-rail train, according to one of the women and other witnesses. The assailant was ranting on many topics, using "hate speech or biased language", police Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes, has noted a sharp rise in the number of both anti-Muslim groups and bias incidents in the past year.

Christian recently gained local notoriety at an April "Free Speech" march in Southeast Portland. The aggravated murder charges have the death penalty as a possible sentence. Christian began arguing with several men.

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A group behind a planned counter-demonstration on June 4, called "Rose City Antifa", also said it had no plans to cancel.

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