Islam critic named as possible target
Controversial anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller was mentioned as a possible target for beheading by a man who was shot and killed by a counter-terrorism task force, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said on the “Today” show Thursday, but he characterized it as “more along the lines of wishful thinking.”
Evans discounted the idea that Usaamah Rahim, 26, had imminent plans to attack Geller, who hosted a provocative Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, last month that was attacked by two gunmen. Police shot and killed both attackers in a parking lot.
But Evans added of Rahim, who had been under 24hour surveillance when he was shot in Boston on Tuesday after threatening officers with a knife: “This was very real, it was very dangerous, and when it unfolded Tuesday morning, could have saved not only police officers’ lives, but who knows where it could have gone also.”
Also Thursday, supporters for Rahim’s family questioned officials’ use of deadly force and said they had seen no indication that Rahim had been radicalized by violent Islamist groups in the Middle East such as Islamic State. An attorney for the family, Ronald Sullivan, told reporters, “The family is not making any substantive claims at this time about what happened in this case.”
PAMELA GELLER was a potential target for beheading by a man killed by Boston police.