Family of man shot by Boston police is shocked by claims

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BOSTON (AP) -- A Boston man shot to death by terrorism investigators showed no signs of radicalization, and his family was completely shocked by allegations that he planned to kill police officers, the family's attorney said.

Ronald Sullivan, a Harvard Law professor, said Usaama Rahim's family considered him "an energetic young man trying to make his way in this world" and saw no behavior or changes in demeanor that would lead them to suspect he would espouse violence.

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The level of concern for Rahim grew to a point where police felt the need to question him, Boston police say.
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Surrounded by Rahim's brothers, mother and wife on the sidewalk where Rahim was shot, Sullivan said Thursday that they hope to work "productively and cooperatively" with investigators in a "joint effort to search for the truth."

"Let me be clear: The family is not making any substantive claims at this time about what happened in this case," Sullivan said. He said the family planned to view a video of the shooting later Thursday, but said that may not tell the whole story.

Rahim, 26, was fatally shot Tuesday after investigators said he refused to drop a military-style knife as they sought to question him about "terrorist-related information." Police have said the video shows officers backing up and Rahim moving toward them before they fired.

Sullivan said Rahim's brother Ibrahim Rahim, a well-known imam in Boston, regrets posting a Facebook message based on incorrect, third-hand information claiming that his brother had been shot three times in the back.

"We now know we simply did not have all the facts at that time," Sullivan said.

Police Commissioner William Evans said Rahim had talked about beheading blogger Pamela Geller before deciding to target police officers. "There was some mention of that name," said Evans, who dismissed the idea as "wishful thinking" while speaking on the "Today" show.

A Muslim leader said Thursday that his killing by Boston Police and the FBI was reckless and unnecessary. Imam Abdullah Faaruuq, who is close to the Rahim family, said he believes they wanted him dead.

"You can capture elephants, lions and tigers without killing them," Faaruuq said. "The intent was not to capture him and keep him alive."

Rahim will be buried Friday, but the family is keeping it private.

Geller is a combative personality known for provoking Muslims by campaigning against a mosque near the World Trade Center site, sponsoring inflammatory advertisements and organizing Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

"They want to make an example out of me to frighten the rest of the US into silence and submission," Geller wrote in an email to the AP on Thursday. "This is not about me. This is about whether the US will stand for freedom or submit and cower before violent intimidation."

The FBI said Rahim and his nephew, David Wright, plotted to commit some kind of attack, and that Rahim ordered three large knives on Amazon.com a week earlier.

The FBI said police confronted Rahim after he told Wright Tuesday that he had changed his mind about beheading an out-of-state victim, and instead planned to kill local police officers either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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In this courtroom sketch, David Wright, second from left, is depicted standing with his attorney Jessica Hedges, right, as Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley presides, left, during a hearing Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in federal court in Boston. Wright was ordered held Wednesday on a charge of conspiracy with intent to obstruct a federal investigation in the case of Usaama Rahim, who while under surveillance by terrorism investigators, was killed after he lunged with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)
In this courtroom sketch, Nicholas Rovinski, second from right, of Warwick, R.I., is depicted standing with his attorney William Fick, right, as Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell, left, presides during a hearing Friday, June 12, 2015, in federal court in Boston. Rovinski is accused of conspiring with Usaama Rahim of Boston, who was killed the previous week by terror investigators who had him under 24-hour surveillance. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)
First Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney Patrick Haggan points to surveillance video released during a press conference Monday, June 8, 2015, in Boston, which they say shows the fatal shooting of a Boston man suspected of plotting to kill police officers. The video comes from a restaurant across the street, and the figures shown are blurry. Police and the FBI say it shows officers shooting 26-year-old Usaama Rahim on June 2 in the city's Roslindale neighborhood after they attempted to question him about "terrorist-related information." (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Commissioner of the Boston Police Department William Evans speaks as First Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney Patrick Haggan, far left, and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley listen after releasing a surveillance video during a press conference Monday, June 8, 2015, in Boston, which they say shows the fatal shooting of a Boston man suspected of plotting to kill police officers. The video comes from a restaurant across the street, and the figures shown are blurry. Police and the FBI say it shows officers shooting 26-year-old Usaama Rahim on June 2 in the city's Roslindale neighborhood after they attempted to question him about "terrorist-related information." (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Imam Abdullah Faaruuq speaks during a news conference Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood in the area where Usaama Rahim, 26, was shot to death. Faaruuq, a Muslim leader close to the Rahim family, said that his killing by Boston police and the FBI was reckless and unnecessary. Police said Usaama Rahim had lunged at members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force with a knife when they approached him. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Family members and supporters escort Rahimah Rahim, center, the mother of shooting victim Usaama Rahim, after a news conference on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood in the area where her son was shot to death. Police said Usaama Rahim had lunged at members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force with a knife when they approached to question him. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Attorney Ron Sullivan speaks on behalf of family and friends of shooting victim Usaama Rahim during a news conference Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood in the area where Rahim was shot to death. Police said Usaama Rahim had lunged at members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force with a knife when they approached to question him. Listening are Rahim's mother, Rahimah Rahim, to the right of Sullivan, and his brother, Ibrahim Rahim. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
U.S. Marshals patrol the waterfront side of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse during the arraignment of David Wright Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Boston. Wright was ordered held Wednesday on a charge of conspiracy with intent to obstruct a federal investigation in the case of Usaama Rahim, who while under surveillance by terrorism investigators, was killed after he lunged with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Supporters of David Wright leave the Federal Courthouse building after Wright's arraignment Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Boston. Wright was ordered held Wednesday on a charge of conspiracy with intent to obstruct a federal investigation in the case of Usaama Rahim, who while under surveillance by terrorism investigators, was killed after he lunged with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Abdullah Faaruuq, Imam of the Mosque for the Praising of Allah, left, speaks to reporters during a news conference as Darnell Williams, president of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, behind center, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, front right, and Rev. Arthur Gerald, Jr., president of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, right, look on during a news conference, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Boston Police Headquarters, in Boston. Boston police said they have video showing Usaama Rahim, a man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators, lunging with a knife at a police officer and an FBI agent before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Community members and police officials at Boston Police Department Headquarters prepare to see video, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Boston, of a fatal police shooting on Tuesday, in the city's Roslindale neighborhood. Police said the video shows that officers did not have their weapons drawn when they approached Usaama Rahim and that they backed up when he initially lunged at them with a knife. (David Ryan/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)
Community members and police officials at Boston Police Department Headquarters prepare to see a video, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Boston, of a fatal police shooting on Tuesday, in the city's Roslindale neighborhood. Police said the video shows that officers did not have their weapons drawn when they approached Usaama Rahim and that they backed up when he initially lunged at them with a knife. (David Ryan/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)
Community members and police officials pray at the Boston Police Department headquarters before seeing a video, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Boston, of a fatal police shooting on Tuesday, in the city's Roslindale neighborhood. Police said the video shows that officers did not have their weapons drawn when they approached Usaama Rahim and that they backed up when he initially lunged at them with a knife. (David Ryan/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)
Abdullah Faaruuq, Imam of the Mosque for the Praising of Allah, at microphones, raises his hand as he speaks to reporters during a news conference as Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, second from top right, looks on, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Boston Police Headquarters, in Boston. Boston police said they have video showing Usaama Rahim, a man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators, lunging with a knife at a police officer and an FBI agent before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Abdullah Faaruuq, Imam of the Mosque for the Praising of Allah, left, speaks to reporters during a news conference as Darnell Williams, president of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, behind center, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, front right, and Rev. Arthur Gerald, Jr., president of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, right, look on during a news conference, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Boston Police Headquarters, in Boston. Boston police said they have video showing Usaama Rahim, a man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators, lunging with a knife at a police officer and an FBI agent before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
BOSTON - JUNE 3: Community members arrive at Boston Police Headquarters preparing to see video of Boston Police shooting in Roslindale. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
The apartment building where David Wright was taken into custody the previous day, is seen, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Everett, Mass. Wright will face federal charges Wednesday in Boston in connection to the investigation of Usaama Rahim, who had been under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators, and who was killed after he lunged with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent. (AP Photo/Phil Marcelo)
FBI Special Agent in Charge of Boston Vincent B. Lisi, right to left, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans listen to a reporter's question during a joint news conference at the Boston Police Department's Headquarters Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Boston. A man under surveillance by a joint terrorism task force was shot and killed outside a pharmacy Tuesday after he lunged with a knife at a city police officer when asked to drop his military style knife before the officer and an FBI agent opened fire. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Police vehicles sit in front of a multi-storied home Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Everett, Mass., being searched by authorities in connection with a man shot and killed earlier in the day in Boston. The man, under surveillance by terrorism investigators, was killed after he lunged with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent, Boston police Commissioner William Evans said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
The knife brandished by a man under surveillance by a joint terrorism task force who was shot and killed outside a pharmacy Tuesday is displayed during a news conference at the Boston Police Department Headquarters Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Police work inside a gated community Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, where a residence was being searched by authorities in connection with a man shot and killed earlier in the day. The man, under surveillance by terrorism investigators, was killed after he lunged with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent, Boston police Commissioner William Evans said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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A police officer stands near a multi-storied home Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Everett, Mass., being searched by authorities in connection with a man shot and killed earlier in the day in Boston. The man, under surveillance by terrorism investigators, was killed after he lunged with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent, Boston police Commissioner William Evans said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A sign posts the speed limit in a gated community Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, where a residence was being searched by authorities in connection with a man shot and killed earlier in the day. The man, under surveillance by terrorism investigators, was killed after he lunged with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent, Boston police Commissioner William Evans said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley speaks as FBI Special Agent in Charge of Boston Vincent B. Lisi, left to right, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, far right, look on during a joint news conference at the Boston Police Department's Headquarters Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Boston. A man under surveillance by a joint terrorism task force was shot and killed outside a pharmacy Tuesday after he lunged with a knife at a city police officer when asked to drop his military style knife before the officer and an FBI agent opened fire. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Names are listed on a mailbox at the apartment building in Everett, Mass., Wednesday, June 3, 2015, where David Wright was taken into custody Tuesday. Wright will face federal charges Wednesday in Boston in connection to the investigation of Usaama Rahim, who had been under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators, and who was killed after he lunged with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent. (AP Photo/Phil Marcelo)
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