The reaction from authorities is completely according to the same old tired script. One wonders how they can keep a straight face. There needs to be an investigation into how Islamic jihadis are incited to violence by Islamic texts and teachings. These officials are obfuscating the need for such an investigation.
“Police: Gunman shot cop ‘in name of Islam,’” Philly.com, January 8, 2016:
While not classifying the shooting as a terrorist attack, police said Friday the man arrested after shooting and wounding a police officer in an ambush in West Philadelphia Thursday night confessed he acted “in the name of Islam.”
Police Commissioner Richard Ross at the same time revealed the weapon used to wound Officer Jesse Hartnett was a police 9mm semiautomatic pistol stolen in 2013 from an officer’s home.
Capt. James Clark, homicide unit commander, said suspect Edward Archer, told detectives: “I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic state. That is why I did what I did.”
“He confessed to committing this act in the name of Islam,” Ross said at a news conference Friday afternoon.
He said the suspect told detectives he believed police enforced laws counter to Islam.
Archer’s mother has indicated that he is mentally ill and Ross said investigators do not know yet if the suspect was indeed radicalized or tied to terrorism.
“We will see where the investigation leads us,” said Ross, adding officers were executing search warrants.
Mayor Kenney stressed whatever the gunman’s motive, it had “nothing to do” with Islam.
Jacob Bender, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said more investigation is needed.
“We need more information,” Bender said. “Was he in contact with any bona fide terrorist or anything like that? We don’t know.”
He said Archer’s name was not immediately familiar to some of the imams with whom he spoke Friday morning.
What a surprise.
Echoing statements by Kenney and other officials, Bender said: “This should not be seen as representative of Muslims or the faith of Islam.”
All right. But when is there going to be some investigation into why all this un-Islamic Islamic violence keeps happening?
…Reached at her home in Lansdowne, his mother, Valerie Holliday, said Archer was the eldest of seven children and suffered head injuries from playing football and a moped accident.
“He’s been acting kind of strange lately. He’s been talking to himself . . . laughing and mumbling,” Holliday said. “He’s been hearing voices in his head. We asked him to get medical help.”
She said her son is devout Muslim who has practiced the faith “for a long time.”
“He’s going through a lot lately,” Holliday said, adding Archer believed he was targeted by police.
“I don’t know how he got the gun,” she said. “I’m still hoping they have the wrong child.”…