Trump condemns killing of pair who tried to stop racist rant

Portland mayor calls for cancellation of free-speech rally
Portland mayor calls for cancellation of free-speech rally
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31 May, 2017

Trump had not previously commented on the Portland attacks and faced mounting criticism for his silence.

In a tweet posted on the presidential twitter handle, rather than his personal one, he said: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable".

Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly have denounced Christian's actions and applauded the victims' bravery for standing up to Christian. "Our prayers are [with] them".

He said he met Chase Robinson and Larry Blackwell, and the three men confronted the suspect, who turned on them with a knife.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, were killed as they tried to stop the harassment. He is still in hospital.

"I think he needs to sit down and take a minute and listen to me speak and hear what I have to say", he said.

"Well said, Mr. President", Pence tweeted.

You have said that you will be President for all Americans.

A longtime friend of Christian's said prison changed him.

"Please encourage all Americans to protect and watch out for one another".

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She urged Trump to condemn acts of violence that result from hate speech and hate groups.

"I am calling on every elected leader in OR, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy", he said. "You will always be our hero", she wrote.

"Their actions were courageous; they were selfless, and it could serve as an example and inspiration to all of us", Wheeler said. All three were strangers to each other, and to those they were defending. They fearlessly risked their lives for two young women who were threatened by an act of bigotry & terror. These courageous men saw the immediate injustice and didn't hesitate to act.

"It may be tempting to shut down speech we disagree with, but once we allow the government to decide what we can say, see, or hear, or who we can gather with history shows us that the most marginalized will be disproportionately censored and punished for unpopular speech", the ACLU of or wrote on Twitter.

Alvin Hall said had just stepped off the train on Friday when he saw a man bleeding from the neck, KATU-TV (http://bit.ly/2rcpdwm ) reported. Meanwhile, more than than $800,000 has been raised for their families to help with costs.

Christian was charged with aggravated murder, intimidation - the state equivalent of a hate crime - and being a felon in possession of a weapon, and was scheduled to be in court Tuesday. Simpson also said that Christian was maced the day before the deadly attack.

"I don't know that officers came in contact with him that night", Simpson said.

"We're just here to say thank you", Dyjuana Hudson said in a video on her Facebook page, accompanied by her daughter, Destinee Mangum.

"They lost their lives because of me and my friend, and the way we looked", she told KPTV in Oregon.

Simpson says police also are investigating an incident that day involving Christian and a black woman on the train but didn't immediately respond to emails seeking additional details. The American Civil Liberties Union of OR said it rejected Wheeler's call as an attack against free speech.


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