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BTR News (Portland) – A white male was arrested last Friday for terrorizing an African-American Muslim couple and had the nerve to break down in tears expressing regret that he was caught and prosecuted after his court arraignment Monday morning. Frederick Nolan Sorrell, 49, stands accused of second-degree intimidation after the couple was allegedly subjected to slurs and intimidation on May 29th in 2016.
Police investigators nor prosecutors have given a reason as to why it took so long to prosecute Sorrell who stalked the couple for 20 city blocks yelling slurs and making threatening gestures toward the victims.
Sorrell pled not guilty but admits to his actions while denying still denying what he did was wrong but after his arraignment, through his tears tried to blame fear based information caused him to commit his hateful acts of terrorism against the two Americans. The judge also banned Sorrell from posting on Facebook for posting hateful discriminatory posts that seemed to be quite alright with Facebook which never banned him or the millions of others like him who use the platform to spread their hateful ideology and propaganda.
In an insult to the intelligence of his victims, Sorrell said, “If the victims want to sit down and talk I would love to sit down and have an open conversation with them and have an open mind and apologize, I just don’t know them, and all I know is fear based information.”
Police said “bias” based crimes in Oregon “are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect’s perception of the victim’s race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.” Interestingly the language sounds very similar to The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) which is landmark civil rights legislation that became US labor law in the United States that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
The US Justice Department thus far has not shown interest in the case even though terrorism is defined generally as “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims”.
Sorrells act of terrorism came after the stabbing deaths of two men who sought to defend a Muslim teenager wearing hijab who was being harassed by a white man yelling slurs on a Portland train.