Authorities in Boston released a surveillance video Monday that shows six plainclothes law enforcement officers surrounding a terrorism suspect in the moments before police shot him to death.
In the blurry video taken early June 2, Usaama Rahim, 26, suspected of plotting to kill police, walks through a parking lot toward a bus stop. Officers approach Rahim, but retreat as the man walks toward them. The officers draw their firearms, and Rahim, obscured from camera view by a pole, falls.
The video does not make clear specifically why the officers drew their weapons or which officers fired. Police commanders have said two officers — an FBI agent and a police officer — fired three shots.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the video “speaks for itself” – that Rahim, who is black and Muslim, refused to drop a military-style knife and that officers were backing away when they fired. “This guy had a malicious intent,” Evans said.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Rick Hampson