Usaama Rahim, the suspect fatally shot by Boston Police after he charged at officers with a knife, was planning to behead a cop, a law enforcement official said.
Rahim, 26, who was shot at 7 a.m. near a CVS in the city’s Roslindale neighborhood after he refused to follow instruction to drop his weapon, was under 24-hour surveillance by the Joint Terrorism Task Force comprising of state, local and federal law enforcement personnel.
After the incident, another suspect and Rahim’s accomplice, David Wright, was arrested.
According to The Boston Globe, an official said, “We believe the intent was to behead a police officer. We knew the plot had to be stopped. They were planning to take action Tuesday.”
Rahim’s original plan was to kill Pamela Geller, a political activist who is the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. She gained national attention for organizing the Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest on May 3 this year in Texas; the plan to attack the event was foiled by a police officer.
Geller said, “They targeted me for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by their law voluntarily.
“This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery or bow down to them and silence ourselves?”
There were reports that, on June 2 at about 5 a.m., Rahim called Wright and said he was now going to “go after” the “boys in blue,” referring to police officers, in Massachusetts. Rahim told Wright that he intended to randomly kill police officers in Massachusetts on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
According to an affidavit released on Wednesday, the duo, along with a third unidentified suspect, met on a Rhode Island beach on Sunday to discuss their plans. Wright later revealed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that there was a plan to attack a victim in another state.
As per the affidavit, Rahim said in his phone conversation, “I’m going on vacation right here in Massachusetts. I’m just going to, ah, go after them, those boys in blue.” The word “vacation” in the conversation, authorities say, refers to an attack on the police officers. Wright allegedly attempted to destroy incriminating evidence on Rahim’s cell phone.
According to Daily News, Wright was arraigned in the U.S. District court in Boston on Wednesday, and stands accused for obstructing an investigation by destroying evidence; if convicted, he could face up to five years in prison in addition to a $250,000 fine. His next court appearance is slated for June 19.
The security footage acquired from the scene suggests that Rahim was moving towards the police officers with a large military-styled knife before he was shot and killed.
Contrary to what his brother Ibrahim claimed, the video “makes it clear he was not shot in the back.” Darnell Williams, the present of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, said, “What the video does reveal to us very clearly is that the individual was not on the cell phone, the individual was not shot in the back and that the information reported by others that that was the case was inaccurate,” as reported by CNN.
Rahim is suspected to have been radicalized by ISIS-inspired social media messages on the Internet. The matter is being looked into by the authorities.
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