Aunt of Usaama Rahim said at press conference she thought her nephew Usaama (above) “felt threatened” when police approached him, given the “slaughter of black men going on right now across the nation.” (Boston Globe)
US media CNN has now confirmed that there was a phone call between Usaama Rahim who was shot dead by Boston police and his father as alleged by his brother Imam Ibraham Rahim in a Facebook post though the exact timing has not been stated and that is where accounts differ. It was the content of this conversation that allegedly alerted officers to move in fearing a possible risk to public safety. Usaama was suspected of being implicated in a terrorism plot to behead police and was under surveillance though he was never questioned by police and there is no evidence that he was ever convicted of any terrorism offence. CNN stated on video,
“CNN has learnt that shortly before Usaama Rahim allegedly pulled a knife on police officers Tuesday morning he made a phone call to his father to say his goodbyes. The call overheard by investigators who had been monitoring his e-mail and phone activity putting Rahim seen here in a high school photo under round the clock surveillance about 10 days ago”
See link for full video report
“Usaamah Rahim’s Boston terror plot: How deep does his network run?”
Imam Rahim had alleged the following regarding his brother soon after the shooting,
“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!”
So the question remains, what time did the call take place and what was the exact content of the conversation?
Members of the community in Boston were invited to watch surveillance video of the shooting. According to NBC, “Darnell Williams, head of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, stated after viewing “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”.
Iman Rahim had earlier alleged that his brother was shot 3 times in the back. Another video viewer Imam Abdullah Faaruuq was reported by AOL as saying,
“I don’t think that he was shot in the back…However we couldn’t see clearly at all… We can’t say what happened. We weren’t there. We do see a very vague video that is not clear as to what transpired. It wasn’t at a bus stop. He wasn’t shot in the back and there is not detail enough on the video to tell us exactly what happened”.
Ronald S. Sullivan Jr, a Harvard Law School professor, appointed as lawyer for the family of Usaama Rahim spoke at a press conference and the Boston Globe reported that,
“Sullivan said at the news conference that Ibrahim Rahim regretted a post he made on Facebook shortly after the shooting on Tuesday that said Usaama Rahim had been shot in the back. Authorities have said that the surveillance video shows that Rahim was shot from the front, and community leaders and clergy who reviewed the video Wednesday acknowledged that is what it shows.
Sullivan said the older brother had received information from ‘a third party’ and made the posting. ‘These were the responses of a man whose youngest brother was just killed,’ he said.
He said the family was grieving the loss of Rahim and seeking answers.”
See link for full story,
“Rahim family lawyer calls for ‘transparent investigation’”
Sullivan family are calling for a “complete and transparent investigation” and added, “what the family wants to do is enter into a joint relationship with investigators to get to the truth,”
The Boston Globe also reported the content of a note addressed to “brother” which was left for Usaama at the scene of the shooting on a blue pillow, it read, “these are the people that are suppose to ‘help us’. They do nothing but HURT US!”…….“They go to other parts of the world and start war then want us to teach our kids that the other people are the enemy.”
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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”.