The anti-police movement appears to be influencing how Islamists in Boston are reacting to the shooting of terror suspect Usaama Rahim and the investigation of David Wright. While some Muslim advocates are attempting to spark inner-city angst over the shooting by exploiting recent events in Ferguson, NYC, and Baltimore, others are putting pressure on the police as they investigate the terror plot.
Rahim, the man who was shot by anti-terrorism officers in Boston yesterday, and Wright, the suspect now in custody, were allegedly ISIS-inspired jihadists who had planned to behead a police officer in a plot disturbingly reminiscent of the 2013 incident in which British soldier Lee Rigby was beheaded in broad daylight on a London street.
According to the CBS Boston, investigators shared their video evidence today with local Muslim advocates in a private meeting at Boston Police headquarters. Further, a spokesman from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the group will be monitoring the investigation.
Investigators say they are planning to share their video evidence with the Islamic Society of Boston, local clergy and civil rights advocates Wednesday in a private meeting.
The Council of American-Islamic Relations will monitor the investigation, spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said.
“We have a number of questions,” Hooper said. “Why exactly was he being followed? What was the probable cause for this particular stop? Were there any video cameras or body cameras of the incident? How do you reconcile the two versions of the story, the family version being that he was on his normal commute to work at a bus stop?”
Rahim’s brother, Ibrahim Rahim, had said in a Facebook post that his youngest brother was shot in the back while innocently waiting at a bus stop to go to his job.
“He was confronted by three Boston Police officers and subsequently shot in the back three times,” he wrote. “He was on his cellphone with my dear father during the confrontation needing a witness.”
Usaama Rahim’s last words, according to his brother, were supposedly “I can’t breathe!”