White Supremacist Tells Black Victim At Sentencing 'I Should've Killed You'

By | On July 01, 2020

A white supremacist who murdered two Caucasian men because they were defending two black women in a racist attack on a rush hour commuter train has lashed out at a survivor in court ahead of his sentencing. Jeremy Christian, 38, was removed from the courtroom in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday after he yelled at victim Demetria Hester: 'I should have killed you, b***h!'

Hester had survived verbal and physical attack the day before Christian killed Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Ricky Best, 53, on the MAX Light Rail in 2017.

'In my case, the white supremacist got special treatment from the police. He didn't believe me or the two TriMet supervisors,' Hester said about a cop who responded to the assault.

'He refused to detain the assailant and he let him walk away knowing who he was. The officer asked me for my ID and treated me like I was the assailant because of my color.'

Hester then told Christian: 'When you die and go to hell, I hope you rot.'

That's when he began yelling violent threats at Hester, ripped off his face mask and shouted: 'I should've killed you, b***h.'

The outburst came about 30 minutes into the 11am session. Hester was the first of 15 people to read impact statements.

Christian was not wearing handcuffs when he violently reacted. He was detained by Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies and removed from the courtroom.

'His behavior today was especially egregious so he has forfeited his right to be here during sentencing,' Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Albrecht said.

The judge wanted victim impact statements to continue in his absence. However attorneys for Micah Fletcher, who survived the train stabbing, and the family of Namkai-Meche, wanted Christian to have to hear statement and to see him while it was read.

According to KATU 2 the judge was looking for a way to get Christian into another courtroom on a live stream.

In February he was convicted of the murders. In the cases of Hester and three other black women, Destinee Mangum, Walia Mohamed and Zayda Allen, he was also convicted of intimidation or hate crimes.

'I blame the system for creating and facilitating people like Jeremy,' Hester had said in her impact statement. 'The police captured, not killed, a racist white supremacist known to the police.'

The sentencing was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As it resumes four months after the convictions, Hester took the opportunity to partially blame systemic racism for Christian being able to attack and kill people despite his hateful actions against her the previous day.

Her statement of black women not being believed echoes what's being said as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.



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