The man who was shot by anti-terrorism officers in Boston, yesterday, and the suspect now in custody, were ISIS inspired jihadists who had planned to behead a police officer, law enforcement officials say.
“We believe the intent was to behead a police officer,” one official said Wednesday morning. “We knew the plot had to be stopped. They were planning to take action Tuesday.”
The other official said Boston police and the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force were aware of the plot because of intelligence that had been gathered, and the suspects had been under surveillance for several weeks.
Video via Fox News:
David Wright is the Everett, Massachusetts man arrested yesterday for plotting a police officer beheading with Usaama Rahim. Wright was arrested shortly after Usaama Rahim was killed when two officers approached to question him. Wright is scheduled to be arraigned at 3:30 p.m. Eastern today.
…in a disturbing sign of how the anti-police movement and increasingly assertive Islamists may be building a combined power base, the latter are attempting to stir inner-city community anger over Rahim’s shooting, exploiting recent events in Baltimore, New York and Ferguson.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will monitor the investigation. As WBZ reports, law enforcement will even supply local Muslim leaders with the evidence they gather:
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?”