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Rahimah Rahim, mother of shooting victim Usaama Rahim, has put out a statement with the family that the video does not show the whole story. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Rahimah Rahim, mother of shooting victim Usaama Rahim, has put out a statement with the family that the video does not show the whole story. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The community is demanding a fair and transparent investigation into the the police shooting of 26-year old Usaamah Rahim last week in Boston.

A day after law enforcement officials released a grainy surveillance video of the fatal confrontation that they say justified the shooting, some members of Boston's black and Muslim communities pushed back — calling the video "vague and inconclusive."

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Thomas Nolan, former Boston police lieutenant, associate professor of criminology at Merrimack College.

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WBUR: Video Showing Shooting Of Usaamah Rahim Released

  • The 26-year-old was shot and killed Tuesday morning by officers who had approached him for questioning related to an alleged plot to kill police officers. Authorities say Rahim was shot after he refused to put down a military-style knife as he walked toward officers in a CVS parking lot.

New York Times: In Blurry Video of Boston Shooting, Officers’ Retreat Is Clear but Knife Is Not

  • The footage, less than a minute long, is blurry, and it is difficult to make out whether Mr. Rahim, 26, who was under police surveillance at the time, was carrying a knife, as the officers have said.

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