A Boston police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a man Tuesday morning, saying he lunged at them with a military style knife when they tried to question him.
Usaama Rahim reportedly was under surveillance by a Joint Terrorism Task Force investigating his possible sympathies with Islamic State [ISIS] terrorists. Despite a lack of verified information, social media lit up almost immediately with claims that Rahim was merely waiting for a bus when he was shot in the back, and was on the telephone with his father when he was killed. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) used its Facebook page to promote a baseless theory that Rahim was gunned down in cold blood, and the terror investigation is a fabrication to cover that up.
Authorities "have added a national security component to divide and conquer the movement," wrote Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, in a post republished by CAIR's national office. "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."