Jeremy Christian Guilty of Murder in Racist Portland Train Attack


In recent times, Portland has been the positioning of white supremacist rallies and Antifa counterprotests. It has additionally seen a white man attempt to sic a pit bull on an African-American man who he mentioned was “in the flawed neighborhood”; a driver screaming at a pregnant Muslim girl to take away her hijab; and the conviction of a white supremacist who intentionally plowed his Jeep right into a black teenager. (He was sentenced to no less than 28 years in jail, in what was believed to be Oregon’s first hate-crime homicide conviction in greater than three a long time.)

“The incident aboard the MAX practice on Might 26, 2017, left a deep wound in our neighborhood, a neighborhood that rejects hate, racism and violence in any kind,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, mentioned in an announcement after the decision. “The conviction received’t totally take away the ache inflicted on the households, associates and family members of the victims in the MAX assault, however the hope is that they discover reduction in the authorized justice that was served right now.”

Even so, civil rights advocates say they’ve seen few indicators that Portland has reckoned with its racist historical past or is taking the mandatory steps right now to eradicate bigotry.

“I’ve been in conditions the place I’ve been humiliated in public, and nobody responds,” mentioned Teressa Raiford, an African-American neighborhood organizer and mayoral candidate whose household has lived in Portland for 4 generations.

“They’re conditioned to really feel secure, and we aren’t,” she mentioned of white residents.

Some observers have mentioned that if town took a extra forceful strategy to racist assaults, the practice assault might need been averted. The day earlier than the assault, an African-American girl, Demetria Hester, reported {that a} man had harassed and assaulted her in an incident that started on a light-weight rail practice. Prosecutors later mentioned that man was Mr. Christian.

In his homicide trial, the lady testified that Mr. Christian had been shouting epithets on the practice, and she or he had requested him to decrease his voice. When he adopted her off the practice, she mentioned, the incident escalated: She pepper-sprayed him, and he threw a full bottle of Gatorade, hitting her proper eye “like a bullet,” she testified.


Mr. Christian didn’t testify throughout his trial. His attorneys argued that he acted in self-defense when he felt threatened by the boys confronting him, and that his phrases, vile as they might have been, had been protected by the First Modification.


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