Hours before the standoff in Philadelphia, where six officers were injured while trying to apprehend an armed suspect, Muslim activists in the City of Brotherly Love were busy promoting an anti-cop rally that originally had been scheduled to occur Thursday.
“Join The Rally Against Terrorist Racist Phila. Police Officers,” reads a digital flier shared in a Facebook group for the Majlis Ash Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley.
“We will not tolerate those in service to us making terroristic and racist threats against Muslims or blacks on social media or elsewhere. We will not stand for this! Make our voices heard! All ages!”
In a report published after the New Zealand massacre earlier this year, The Philadelphia Inquirer described Majlis Ash Shura as “a coalition of imams and mosques that represents local Muslims.”
Moreover, the 190-year-old morning newspaper linked to the same Facebook page where the flier was originally spotted by conservative sleuths after the standoff in Philadelphia:
While the flier had been posted numerous times as of late, the most recent posting was made Wednesday at 3:04 pm, roughly an hour and a half before the standoff began.
To be clear, there is no record of local Philadelphia officers making “terroristic and racist threats against Muslims or blacks on social media.” There is, however, a record of local officers posting allegedly “offensive” content to Facebook.
“The Philadelphia Police Department will fire 13 officers who paired endorsements of violence with racism and homophobia in a slew of derogatory Facebook posts unearthed by an advocacy group,” The Washington Post reported late last month.
“The officers, one of whom was a sergeant, were among the 72 removed from street duty and placed on administrative leave in June, when the department announced its sweeping investigation into social media activity published by the nonprofit Plain View Project.”
The far-left nonprofit scoured the personal Facebook pages of police officers across the country in a bid to find “offensive” content worthy of a suspension or termination. It was successful.
“In Philadelphia, the Plain View Project identified some 3,100 offensive or potentially offensive posts from 328 active-duty police officers,” the Post’s report continues.
“Of that number, the most offensive were placed on leave while a department-hired law firm probed the matter, Commissioner Richard Ross said at a news conference. In addition to the officers that will be dismissed, four others will be suspended for a month.”
Included among the “offensive” posts were ones that called for “death to Islam,” referenced black suspects as “thugs,” and allegedly encouraged police brutality. It’s not clear that “death to Islam” should count as a “terroristic threat” against Muslims, given as it references an entire ideology, not the adherents of said ideology.
Screenshots of some of the other “offensive” posts may be seen below:
John McNesby, the president of the Philadelphia police union, has for his part argued that while “there may have been a few” racist posts, “a lot of this stuff, though, I think is just cops being cops and venting.”
While he didn’t clarify what they may have been venting about, it was only three months ago that video footage of American-Muslim talking about killing for the “army of Allah” went viral. The footage had reportedly been posted to Facebook by the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia.
And dovetailing back to the screenshots above, the first one references Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett, who was nearly killed in 2016 when a radical Islamic terrorist rushed his car and fired 13 shots at him at point-blank range.
“At times, Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett had to stop and collect his thoughts,” the Inquirer reported two years later. “More than once, he sighed and wiped away tears while recalling how he had managed to stay alive during an unprovoked attack two years ago this month. The gunman had fired 13 bullets into his patrol car on Jan. 7, 2016, striking him three times.”
“Still in recovery mode 11 surgeries later, Hartnett appeared fit and walked to the stand on his own power as the first witness to testify Monday to start the second week of the trial of his accused shooter, Edward Archer, 32.”
It’s not clear why the Plain View Project and its media allies are more concerned with “offensive” social media posts by frustrated local officers versus the actual violence and indoctrination being carried out in the Philadelphia area by Islamic extremists.
As for the Majlis Ash Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, it has its own ties to terrorism.
As of 2012, the group’s leader was Asim Abdur Rashid, a fundamentalist Muslim who “led a February 2006 demonstration demanding an apology for the Philadelphia Inquirer’s publishing of the infamous Muhammad cartoons, while voicing a paranoid conspiracy theory that the EU was behind the pictures,” according to the Middle East Forum.
Four years later, he “helped sponsor a New York rally supporting ‘Lady al-Qaeda’ a.k.a. Aafia Siddiqui (sentenced to 86 years in prison for trying to kill Americans in Afghanistan).”
Official members of the group, including its secretary, have likewise been observed promoting jihad and disparaging homosexuality in posts made online:
It’s not clear whether the Plain View Project or any of its left-wing media allies have ever examined these posts.
It’s also not clear whether Majlis Ash Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley plans to cancel its Thursday rally now that six allegedly “racist” cops were nearly killed while trying to apprehend a suspect with a criminal history the size of the Grand Canyon.
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