BOSTON – The estate of a Boston man who was shot and killed by city police detective and an FBI agent in 2015 during a terrorism investigation is suing the federal government for $5 million in wrongful accusations.
Usaamah Rahim and two other men were accused of participating in a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller, who is angry at Muslims through the organization of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, in 2015. The plot was not carried out.
Authorities said officers shot the 26-year-old Rahim when he lunged at them with a knife in Boston. At the time, an anti-terrorism task force was surveilling Rahim around the clock, because the government had learned of the beheading plot.
Suffolk district Attorney Daniel Conley concluded the officers were justified in the shooting of Rahim.
The Boston Globe Rahim’s estate filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Boston on Thursday. It puts the law enforcement officials “unlawfully seized, mistreated and killed” Rahim, and accused the officials of acting “by the negligence and reckless in their use of excessive force, and deadly force.”
The lawsuit also says no fingerprints were recovered from the knife and there were inconsistent statements by officials about how Rahim pulled out the knife.
The FBI and Boston police declined to comment.
Authorities said Rahim’s cousin, David Daoud Wright, and Nicholas Rovinski were also in on the plot against Geller. Wright is serving a 28 year prison sentence for conspiring to kill Americans on behalf of the Islamic State, and Rovinski is where 15 years behind bars for plotting to commit acts of terrorism.
During the 2015 cartoon contest, and two other men opened fire and wounded a security guard before they were killed in a shootout with the police assigned to watch over the event.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com