On Wednesday, CNN reported that Usaamah Rahim, the terror suspect fatally shot by police after waving a knife at officers in Boston, originally plotted to behead Pamela Geller, the organizer of the Garland free-speech event targeted by two Islamic gunmen. Meanwhile, Ferguson #BlackLivesMatter protesters are set to hold a rally for Rahim this Friday at the Ferguson Police Department.
The Facebook event page appears to have been hacked, but the description remains intact as of this writing. “#BlackLivesMatter Protest police Murder and Profiling of our Black brothers. We must stand strong and resist tyrant pigs and feds who killed Usaama Rahim. Invite your Family and Friends and lets take our streets back,” the page says.
“It’s our duty to tell the evil government we won’t put up with it any longer,” the event says. “Heads will roll,” the statement ironically adds.
Court documents indicate that Rahim changed his mind and decided to attack police officers instead. “I can’t wait that long,” he reportedly said of the original plan. Officials said they believe Rahim was radicalized by ISIS and other extremists, CNN added.
Geller, the target of death threats, responded sharply on her blog. “They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by then voluntarily,” she wrote. “This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery, or bow down to them and silence ourselves? ”
Geller told CNN she’s had an “army of security” since the Garland attack. “This is what is required just to show a cartoon in America, 2015,” she added. “It’s striking. It’s devastating, and people need to understand what’s at stake. I mean, if we surrender on this point, what will we surrender next?”
Rahim’s brother, Ibrahim, claimed on social media that Usaamah was shot three times in the back. Police, however, say the incident was recorded on surveillance video. They also decided to show it to community leaders, including Muslim leaders, NBC News said, in the interest of transparency.
“Darnell Williams, head of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, said the video ‘150 percent’ corroborates the police account,” NBC added. Abdullah Faaruuq, imam of Boston’s Mosque for the Praising of Allah, called the video’s images,”vague,” but admitted that Rahim did not appear to obey officers’ commands. But, he added, “we’re not satisfied until [the case is] fully vetted.”
It’s uncertain how many people will actually appear at the protest. As of Wednesday evening, only two supporters said they would attend, but that could be a result of the event being hacked.