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Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen tried to make his dream of becoming a police officer come true last year, but it didn’t work out.
Last summer, when Mateen applied to be a part of a six-month law enforcement academy at the Indian River State College’s Criminal Justice Institute in his hometown of Fort Pierce, his demeanor so concerned them that they reported him to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to a source who spoke to the Daily Mail.
“In the light of what happened in Orlando this weekend, I believe he was trying to infiltrate the school to understand how policing works on a day-to-day basis,” the source told the Mail.
“I believe he wanted to find a way to get hired by a police force after the end of the program and carry out whatever nefarious plan he may have had while in a uniform.”
Shortly after the attack, the pictures Mateen posted of himself on social media in NYPD shirts were reported.
Apparently it wasn’t Mateens first try at infiltrating law enforcement ranks.
Mateen was hired to be a prison guard in the early 2000s but had to undergo further training at the Criminal Justice Institute before he could begin working.
He underwent the training for about a month but then, suddenly stopped going to classes.
“He just stopped showing up,” the source told the Mail. “But he passed the state’s screening process as well as the school’s. All he had to do to work in a prison was to get a decent grade in his classes and graduate.”
Mateen went back to the Institute in 2015 attempting to become a police officer and was swiftly rejected.
“At the interview, he was aggressive from the moment he came to the office. Everything was an argument. Within three minutes, he started talking about how futile it was for him to apply. ‘You won’t let me in because I’m a Muslim,'” the source said.
“Religion isn’t even a question on the application form. He volunteered that information. He wasn’t asked. But that’s all he kept talking about.
“There were just too many red flags,’ according to the source. “One of them was the fact this young man did not have the true motivation to be a police officer.
“The coordinator had no idea why Omar even wanted to be a cop because he couldn’t even answer that simple question.
“All he wanted to talk about was that he was a Muslim and the school didn’t want Muslims.”
The coordinator noted he was “deceptive and untruthful” during the interview.
Mateen went back to appeal his rejection with IRSC vice president, this time accompanied by his Taliban supporting father, and again complained he was rejected on religious grounds.
“Things got pretty heated in that office. For the two of them, it was clear that the school was racist and didn’t want Muslim students, which is totally false. But the VP let them rant and, eventually, politely asked them to leave,” the source said.
After that meeting an official with the school reported Mateen to the Florida state police as someone to watch.
According to the source the official was told Mateen was already on a watch list for potential ties to terrorism.
The source said that in light of Mateens deadly rampage at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, school officials now believe he intended to commit terrorist attacks behind the cover of a police uniform.
“It just looked like he was up to no good,’ the source told the Mail. ‘There’s no doubt in my mind his plan was to figure out police tactics so that he could device his plan around that.”
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