A Boston imam and the aunt of the 26-year-old Roslindale man killed by police and the FBI on Tuesday say he was not a terrorist and blamed his "murder" on the media, an investigation gone awry and the strained relationship between cops and black men.
"I ask that God overlook the shortcomings in the people who continue to exist that murdered the young man," said Imam Abdullah Faaruuq of the Mosque for the Praising of the Lord in Roxbury yesterday. "I know that's probably not what they intended in their hearts. But this is how they're trained — to shoot at the critical mass, in an open space with cars going by."
Authorities have said Usaamah Rahim was shot around 7 a.m. Tuesday after being ordered to drop his military-style knife before he responded, "You drop yours." He was under 24/7 surveillance by the Joint Terrorist Task Force and was considered armed and dangerous, and allegedly plotting to behead police.