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Mother of Boston terrorism suspect speaks out

June 12, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The mother of a Boston man shot and killed by terrorism investigators says she never saw any signs that her son had become radicalized.

Rahimah Rahim is the mother of Usaamah Rahim, who was shot June 2 after authorities say he lunged at law enforcement with a military-style knife. Rahim had been under 24-hour surveillance because authorities allege he sympathized with radical Islam and planned to kill police officers.

Rahimah Rahim tells WCVB-TV (http://bit.ly/1JK6nQK ) she discussed with her son about Islamic State and people involved in “criminal activities,” and he rejected such activities as “un-Islamic.”

She also questioned law enforcement’s claims he had a knife when he was shot. She says she can’t see a knife in the surveillance video of the shooting.

She says she now has trouble trusting the police.

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Information from: WCVB-TV, http://www.thebostonchannel.com

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