Imam Ibrahim Rahim posted message of his brother’s death on Facebook (image FB)
A Facebook post from Imam Ibrahim Rahim alleges his younger brother Usaama Rahim was shot today on his way to work by police in Boston, Massachusetts, US. The victim who was fatally wounded died in hospital. There were no reports of injuries to officers who were checked for stress or the public during the incident. Imam Rahim stated, “we are deeply grieved by the loss of my younger brother. While we understand the need for information. We ask that the press give us time to grieve. We will have a statement once we have met as a family.”
Sky News reported the incident as follows,
“US terrorism investigators have shot dead a man who lunged at them with a knife outside a Boston pharmacy, say police.
An FBI agent and a police officer both opened fire on the suspect, who was under surveillance, outside a CVS on Tuesday.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the unnamed man had refused orders by members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force to drop a military-style knife.
‘The officers asked him several times to put the knife down,’ the commissioner said.”
Imam Ibrahim Rahim posted the following on Facebook
“Your prayers are requested:
This morning while at the bus stop in Boston, my youngest brother Usaama Rahim was waiting for the bus to go to his job. He was confronted by three Boston Police officers and subsequently shot in the back three times. He was on his cell phone with my dear father during the confrontation needing a witness. His last words to my father who heard the shots were:
I can’t breathe!
While at the hospital, Usaama Rahim died!
From Allah we come, and to Allah we return.”
Imam Ibrahim Rahim
According to CNN the victim was allegedly under surveillance as “part of a broader terror investigation involving suspected Islamist extremists being tracked by the U.S. Joint Terrorism Task Force, a law enforcement official said.”
Dustin Craun (founder Editor-in-Chief at Ummah Wide) stated,
“Usaama Rahim was murdered this morning by the Boston PD (The brother of Oakland’s Lighthouse Mosque Imam Ibrahim Rahim) and instantly the media recycles the FBI narrative that he was under investigation as a “terror-suspect.” The FBI would say that and has said that about any American Muslim they murder because we are all ‘under surveillance.’ Almost 500 police murders in this country in 2015, what a racist and disgusting place this is.”
Boston pharmacy, scene of shooting (image, AP)
Linda Sarsour Executive Director of the Arab-American Association left the following message for Imam Rahim on his FB page in relation to the alleged killing of his brother,
“we learned this morning of the murder of Usaama Rahim, a Black Muslim brother from Boston. He was shot by Boston Police and FBI. Before you post the media’s perspective or government’s – there are many unanswered questions. They have added a national security component to divide and conquer the movement. At the end of the day, a Black man was shot on a bus stop on his way to work and we should treat this like any other case of police violence. All we want is answers to our questions. #StayWoke
Law enforcement says he was under surveillance (being monitored).
1) how long was he being monitored, 2) what was the basis of the monitoring, 3) what supervisory approval was their for the monitoring, 4) the duration of it, 5) which law enforcement agency set it up, 6) where else did the surveillance lead them that day?
The last question I ask is because of how early this was. Did he go somewhere for Fajr? Did they surveil a place of worship?
1) what prompted them to go to the CVS, 2) was there a reported threat, 3) what law enforcement agencies made up the JTTF (Join Terrorism Task Force), 4) which agency is in charge on site – as in, whose operation is this, 5) who attempted to “speak” with him, locals, Feds, or both.
The actual shooting:
According to the family, he was shot 3 times in the back while on a bus stop going to work. He was on the phone with his father who heard the shots. Last words from Usaama were “I can’t breathe.”
1) Law enforcement says he was brandishing a military knife and came towards them. If its true that he was shot in the back, then this makes no sense.
2) If he was on the phone with his father, was it handheld, headset? Were his hands even free?
MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, and like all those we demand justice for – this family demands answers. #Justice4Usaama “
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.