Political Activist Run Down By Car In 2019, Police Say They Arrested A Suspect In The Case

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Source: Portland police; MEGA

Aug. 7 2022, Published 9:05 a.m. ET

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An arrest has been made in connection to the murder of a political activist, years after the victim was run down by a car, police said.

But authorities stressed they do not believe the killing was politically motivated.

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On Oct. 15, 2019, police in Portland, Oregon, responded to a homicide at an intersection.

The victim had already left the area and was taken by a private vehicle to the hospital, where he died, police said. The victim had been hit by another vehicle.

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The victim was identified as Sean Kaelher, 23. According to the Oregonian, Kaelher was an anti-fascist activist in the area. That spurred rumors that the incident was politically based and conspiracy theories, but police said that wasn’t true.

Though a motive for the killing has not been released. A witness described it as a road rage incident, according to the Oregonian.

Last week, nearly three years later, police said they arrested Christopher Knipe, 47, in connection to the incident. He was charged with second-degree murder and booked into jail.


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