After Stabbing, Portland's Mayor Wants 2 Right-Wing Demonstrations Canceled

After Stabbing, Portland's Mayor Wants 2 Right-Wing Demonstrations Canceled

After Stabbing, Portland's Mayor Wants 2 Right-Wing Demonstrations Canceled

Also while in the auto, as the Associated Press reports, he said "that's what liberalism gets you", and "I can die a happy man", according to court documents.

A probable cause affidavit says 35-year-old Christian can be heard on video surveillance saying he stabbed three people in the neck.

"Just because something is constitutional and legal doesn't make it responsible".

- A video camera inside a patrol vehicle captured Christian saying, "I just stabbed a bunch of (expletive) in their neck". But when a government official uses his power to close off a traditional public forum to a peaceful demonstration - or prevails upon another level of government do so - that undermines the 1st Amendment's protection of free speech and assembly. "He said that I'm going to go up there and I'm going to have hate speech and I'm going to be bigoted".

Fletcher, who was treated for serious but nonlife-threatening injuries, narrowly avoided a more serious laceration to his neck by "millimeters", he said. "I'm happy now. I can rest easy".

He is scheduled to be back in court June 7.

But Wheeler went too far in urging federal authorities to revoke a permit for a June 4 "Trump Free Speech Rally" on a plaza in downtown Portland and to block a "March Against Sharia" scheduled for June 10.

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Ted Wheeler, the Democrat mayor of the city, demanded that the federal government revoke a permit for the group Patriot Prayer to hold a meeting. On Tuesday, Mayor Wheeler told Oregon Public Broadcasting that Gibson's event, so soon after the incident, is not responsible. "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", Wheeler wrote Monday on Facebook. One of its organizers Joey Gibson acknowledged in the Facebook Live video below that Christian attended the group's April 29 event but that he was "all crazy" and "not a good guy". It's billed on Facebook as an "uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom". Police confiscated a baseball bat Christian took to the rally. "He frequently used the n-word and saluted Hitler".

On Wednesday, an organizer for the March Against Sharia posted a statement condemning Wheeler. The suspects were known to be members of a group called White Aryan Resistance which was later successfully sued on behalf of Seraw's family by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He wants the government to rescind the permit for the June 4 rally and not issue one for the June 10 rally.

It was the appeal to the federal government to intervene that prompted a response from the ACLU of Oregon. We must reject hatred and violence. Because when we allow the government (or anyone else for that matter) to say that it's okay to talk about liking puppies but you will be silenced if you say you hate Muslims, a gray line has been established somewhere between the two.

As a memorial to Friday's stabbing victims grew, one large chalk message stood out, streaked by rain under a gray sky: "Remember Mulugeta Seraw".

Fletcher called the two men who died - identified by police as Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53 - "true heroes" for whom the "entire city of Portland" is in mourning. He "did not hesitate to act with love", she writes.

If you missed it, that may be because the tweet curiously appeared on the @POTUS Twitter account, which has 18.2 million followers, not the president's personal account, @realDonaldTrump, which has 31 million followers.

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