My Portland Mercury story on Jeremy Christian: “Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist”

Jeremy Christian

Jeremy Christian on April 29. Photographs by Doug Brown/Portland Mercury.

I was the first journalist nationally to report that Portland murderer Jeremy Christian is a white supremacist. Christian is accused of (and admitted to) murdering two men and nearly murdering another after they intervened with Christian harassing two young women of color. Christian blamed the murders on “liberalism.”

From my story:

Christian is a known right wing extremist and white supremacist. On April 29, Christian showed up to the right-wing “March for Free Speech” on 82nd Avenue in Montavilla with a baseball bat in an attempt to assault left-wing protesters. The bat was quickly confiscated by Portland police officers. He ranted how he was a nihilist. He’d soon yelled racial slurs (“fuck all you n*****s”) and gave the Nazi salute throughout the day. He yelled “Hail Vinland” throughout the day.

A few Portland police officers on April 29 appeared to be familiar with Christian, but not threatened by him. They claimed he had a head injury and was mentally ill.

I photographed and took video of Christian arriving to the event with a baseball bat, seemingly with the intention to assault left-wing protesters. I photographed him giving the Nazi salute. I took video of him yelling racial slurs. I interviewed him.

My reporting was cited and my photography/video was used by major media outlets, including:

Some of my photographs:

 

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By Doug Brown

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By Doug Brown

The murders in Portland happened about nine months after Russell Courtier killed 19-year-old black man Larnell Bruce. I revealed then that Courtier was a member of a white supremacist gang, which led to hate crime charges against him.

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