Portland mayor aims to nix rally after fatal stabbings

It comes amid a wider debate in the USA about the First Amendment, often in liberal cities like Portland and Berkeley, California, and on college campuses, where violent protests between far-right and far-left protesters have derailed appearances by contentious figures.

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.

Meanwhile, the mother of one of the stabbing victims has written a letter to President Trump asking him to condemn violence born out of hate. "Our prayers are with them". As we now learn via an affidavit signed by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Lufkin, Christian was apparently drinking sangria out of a bladder-type bag on the train when he began verbally attacking two young African-American women, one of whom was wearing a headscarf.

The third man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, suffered serious but non-life-threatening wounds, police said.

Christian has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, said Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

AMELIA TEMPLETON, BYLINE: Two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, felon in possession of a weapon and then also intimidation.

He had been seen at a Portland "free speech" rally in April, draped in an American flag and reportedly chanting racial slurs.

He asked the federal government and organisers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" and other similar events set to be held in the city next weekend, saying the community is sad and angry and the rallies are inappropriate and could be risky.

"He never disrespected me", Clark said, but added that he changed after he got out of prison.

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The appeal, however, opened the debate about First Amendment rights in the U.S. Violent protests between far-right and far-left protesters have derailed appearances by contentious figures on college campuses and in liberal cities like Portland and Berkeley, California. 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.

"If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down the line", the ACLU of OR says. It's billed on Facebook as an "uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom". Borg did not offer a comment or statement on regarding Tuesday's court appearance.

The mother of one of the targets of the rant said she was overwhelmed with gratitude and sadness for the strangers who died defending her daughter, 16-year-old Destinee Mangum.

WHEELER: I can tell you that that's part of the investigation that Homeland Security, the FBI and local law enforcement are all taking a look at this from every potential angle.

Hudson's teenage daughter was with her Muslim friend when the suspect allegedly started yelling at them.

SIEGEL: Amelia, what more do we know about Christian and what might have led to the events on the train?

The attack aboard a light-rail train happened Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims.

KK told KOIN that Christian was upset, complaining about the city and "venting to his friend on the phone about some girl that just pepper-sprayed him".

"The idea that Portland is so liberal supersedes this dark, hidden secret about racism", Gibson said. While fleeing, Christian was shot in the head by an officer who said he thought Christian was going to shoot him.

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