DA: Man caught on camera shouting anti-Muslim slurs at SE Portland gas station clerk charged with bias crimes

Brian Christopher Miller, booking photo (Courtesy: Multnomah County Jail)
Brian Christopher Miller, booking photo (Courtesy: Multnomah County Jail)(KPTV)
Updated: Jan. 25, 2021 at 3:56 PM PST
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - A 43-year-old man caught on camera harassing a gas station clerk and shouting anti-Muslim slurs at him appeared in court Monday afternoon.

The Multnomah District Attorney’s Office said Monday that Brian Christopher Miller is being charged with three counts each of bias crime in the first-degree and second-degree, along with charges of burglary, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, menacing and robbery.

All potential bias crime cases, whether they are a felony or misdemeanor, are reviewed by the Violent Crimes Unit, according to the district attorney’s office.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred Friday evening at a gas station in southeast Portland.

The victim, who is 68 years old and from Afghanistan, caught the incident on video.

In the video, Miller is seen screaming at the victim and smashing up the store. At one point, Miller is heard in the video saying, “Is that how we do things in America, Afghan? Al-Qaeda? Osama? Huh, is it?”

The clerk sought refuge in a storage room before police arrived.

The victim’s son told FOX 12 that his father was hurt but is OK. He also said his father left Afghanistan during the country’s war with the Soviet Union and came to the U.S. in 1981 to build a better life for himself and his family.

The son told FOX 12 that his father offered to give the video to Portland police, but the officer who responded did not take it.

The DA’s office said, according to court documents, Miller entered the store after being involved in a disturbance in the parking lot, and yelled and used hate speech toward the employee.

The employee told police he was extremely scared he was going to suffer imminent serious physical injury based on Miller’s conduct, according to court documents.

After the incident, Miller was booked into the Multnomah County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance the following day.

Miller is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday at 2 p.m.