July 20, 2018
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Portland deli owner says man screaming hate at workers is ‘normal to them’

Portland Police Department | BDN
Portland Police Department | BDN
Jesse Taylor
Bangor Daily News

The owner of Sisters Gourmet Deli in Portland said that the recent case of a man barging into her establishment and screaming that all the workers are “going to burn in hell” is “normal to them,” CBS 13 reported.

“What happened here … was not new to us,” deli owner Michaela McVetty said in a CBS 13 report. “I’ve seen hundreds of comments of people saying, ‘Kudos to the girls, how did they remain so calm?’ and, yes, kudos to the girls, but I’ll tell you right now they remained so calm because that is normal to them, they remained so calm because that’s every single day in Monument Square.”

The deli posted video of the tirade, which took place July 29, on its Facebook page. The man in the video, Jesse James Taylor, 37, has since been charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and interference with constitutional rights, the latter of which police consider a hate crime.

“You think you are better workers than the hard working man, huh, you lesbian d—-s?” Taylor can be heard yelling in the video.

“Bull d—-s … you’re going to die” he added later. “You’re going to burn in hell.”

He pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge Monday and was sentenced to serve five days in jail, according to the statement.

The case has been referred to the Civil Rights Division of the attorney general’s office, and Taylor has also been ordered to stay out of the deli.

The deli’s Facebook post about the incident was critical of the city of Portland.

“This is what happens when mental health is ignored,” the post read, in part. “This is what happens when people are using drugs in Monument Square and it is ignored.

The post later continued: “What will be the breaking point? When will WE as a City decide enough is enough? When will we put appropriate programs in place to help people on the streets? When will we put OUR safety as a priority?”

The city issued a news release acknowledging that, “like all cities, Portland at times struggles with the impact of untreated mental illness throughout our society.”

“In this instance, it was displayed in a very unfortunate way that negatively impacted several of our citizens,” the city statement read, in part. “We are fortunate that it did not escalate to violence and the victims were not physically harmed. In Portland, the police department provides 40-hour Crisis Intervention Training, known as CIT, to all officers. We also maintain a pioneering mental health liaison outreach program which has become a model for other police agencies.”

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