Four of the five Muslim suspects arrested after a raid on a New Mexico compound where prosecutors say children were being trained to commit school shootings were ordered to be released on signature bond, which doesn’t require posting a cash bail.
The reaction was predictable, with people expressing outrage over the decision from Taos District Court Judge Sarah Backus — the judge, who didn’t believe the suspects were a danger to the public, was reportedly threatened online.
And while the media downplayed the Muslim extremist angle of the story, after the threats emerged, the suspects were suddenly being billed as a “Muslim family.”
Judge in N.M. compound case threatened after ordering release of Muslim family https://t.co/QBhyeZ7pFI pic.twitter.com/G1YYMCmanY
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) August 15, 2018
Authorities found 11 hungry children living in the filthy, makeshift compound and the adults were all charged with child abuse, according to the Associated Press. Weapons and ammunition were recovered, as well.
The body of a toddler was also found buried on the compound.
Siraj Wahhaj, the man conducting weapons training at the compound, according to court documents, was being still held because of a Georgia warrant for abducting his son.
Wahhaj is the son of Brooklyn imam Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing.
Judging by the online reaction to the creative phrasing from CBS affiliate WUSA-TV, it’s safe to say that folks were just as disturbed by this as the judge’s leniency.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Well, that’s, one way to report it https://t.co/1ifzJnxhST
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) August 15, 2018
Quite the interesting phrasing here. https://t.co/90zu1CQFZW
— Rev. Ducati💬 (@Reverend_Ducati) August 15, 2018
You conveniently leave off the fact they were training to shoot up American schools. . . .#FakeNews https://t.co/Yp8A0j0w1b
— Orwellian_Dilemma (@Orwells_Dilemma) August 15, 2018
By Muslim family you mean the Muslim family that are terrorists, running an ISIS-like terrorist camp on America soil, training kids to blow up schools, murder children, that is when the terrorists/enemy combatants aren’t abusing & killing kids themselves. That Muslim family? https://t.co/eM7bvykFlj
— Poppy (@Aletheiaquester) August 15, 2018
A Muslim family that killed their 3 year old in a ritual and was training their kids to be school shooters captured with loaded guns.
— That One Dude (@prefragoph) August 15, 2018
‘Muslim family’?! These Muslim TERRORISTS trained children to commit mass murder while starving them and forcing them to live in squalor. Yet, the media (so as not to offend) calls them a ‘Muslim Family’ and they wonder why Americans think they’re a joke.
— Mike D (@ConservativeMik) August 15, 2018
Yup, just your average “Muslim family”.
— Send Trudeau To Mars (@GrahamPink) August 15, 2018
American media is becoming like the media in Canada and the EU.
That’s not going to fly so well y’all.
— Will (@RoscoenOtis) August 15, 2018
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