ADL calls on US leaders to condemn 'brutal act of terror' in Oregon
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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Saturday released a statement condemning Friday's attack in Portland, Oregon in which two men were killed and one seriously injured after confronting a man shouting racial slurs at two women on a train.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, began by sending condolences to the families of Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and sending best wishes to Micah David-Cole Fletcher who was seriously injured in the attack.
Greenblatt said that his organization was "sounding the alarm about domestic terrorism and hate crimes in America," calling the Portland attack the "latest in a long string of violent incidents connected to right-wing extremists."
He concluded by calling on US leaders and lawmakers to "condemn this brutal act of terror and craft policy to counter all forms of violent extremism, including white supremacy."
Jeremy Joseph Christian was allegedly yelling at two female passengers on the light-rail, one of which was wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf, when the men intervened to protect their fellow passengers. Police said Christian then stabbed the three men.
Ricky John Best, 53, died on the scene and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, later succumbed to his wounds in hospital. Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, remains in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said that Christian was charged with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and a count of being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
The FBI is investigating whether he will be charged with federal hate crimes.
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FIRE GREENBLATT! He is disgracing the ADL and turning it into a partisan org!