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Portland mayor calls for cancellation of free-speech rally

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” and similar events, saying they are inappropriate could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said he hopes the victims will inspire “changes in the political dialogue in this country.”

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, were killed as they tried to stop Jeremy Joseph Christian from harassing the women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, authorities say. Another who stepped in was seriously injured.

Christian’s social media postings indicate an affinity for Nazis and political violence. He was charged with aggravated murder, intimidation — the state equivalent of a hate crime — and being a felon in possession of a weapon and was scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

The federal government has issued a permit for the free-speech rally Saturday and has yet to give a permit for an event June 10. The mayor says his main concern was the participants “coming to peddle a message of hatred,” saying hate speech is not protected by the Constitution.

A Facebook page for the event says there would be speakers and live music in “one of the most liberal areas on the West Coast.” It features Kyle Chapman, who describes himself as an American nationalist and ardent supporter of President Donald Trump. Chapman was arrested at a March 4 protest in Berkeley, California.

Trump condemned the stabbing, writing Monday on Twitter: “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.”  Read More

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Chicago police crackdown on gangs using social media

>>> chicago leaders are vowing a boots on the ground community effort. ten were killed. 43 wounded over the memorial day weekend alone. the city’s mayor says the violence cuts right to the city’s core.

>> you cannot find comfort that it didn’t happen in your neighborhood because it happened in your city. you cannot find comfort because it was not in my block. it happened in your city.

>> joining me now is robert tracy, chief of crime control strategies for the chicago police department . there is a big story to be discussed about what took place over the weekend in chicago . as we look at a broader analysis there have been more murders this year in chicago than the same time last year. some are looking at the heat to blame putting more people on the street. what do you blame for this recent outbreak of violence that we saw just over this weekend alone?

>> historically on memorial day weekend we have a lot of violence. there is no excuse for having that. we have put in place a gang violence reduction strategy plan. we have taken a look at crime and the recent spike in murders. we have noticed that the gangs have been flintering and fracturing and younger members of gangs have been vying for power. it is doubling the violence. we are reducing shootings but murders have been going up. we reduce shootings and concentrate on those murders will start going down. we are confident with the new plan we are rolling out and integrated technology we will get the violence down.

>> the mayor there who is the former chief of staff to the president has said that the police have been more reactive to the spike in crime as opposed to being proactive. why in your estimation has the department not been able to get on the other side of this?  See The Video

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