Update March 2: No surprise! Protesters come out in rage against police, here.
Update March 1: Mohamed was resettled in Utah by Catholic agency, here.
You watch, this will turn into another story about overzealous police. There will be no mention of the refugee resettlement program bringing Somalis and other Muslim refugees to colonize Utah and no mention of the huge problem with many refugees not assimilating. Or, maybe they are assimilating—-to American black gang violence.
17-year-old Abdi Mohamed (a Somali refugee) was shot when he wouldn’t put down his “metal object” weapon
Here is the news. Wish I had the energy to tell you more about what is happening in Utah where, although the Mormon Church doesn’t directly resettle refugees, they encourage their Catholic brethren to do so.
From Fox 13 Salt Lake City (hat tip: Utah reader):
SALT LAKE CITY — The day after an officer-involved shooting sparked unrest on the streets of Salt Lake City, the police department has issued an official statement on the incident and family members say they’ve learned the teen has awoken from a coma.
Family of 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed tell FOX 13 News detectives have told them the teen is now awake and speaking in a hospital room Sunday evening, but they have not yet been able to see him. He was reportedly in a coma after being shot three times by police.
According to a press release from the Salt Lake City Police Department issued Sunday afternoon, officers witnessed two males with metal objects attacking a male victim around 8 p.m. in the area of 300 South Rio Grande Street.
The release states, “Officers confronted the two suspects and ordered them to drop the weapons. One of the males complied and dropped the weapon, the other continued to advance on the victim and was shot by officers.”
The teen was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and Sunday his family identified him as 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed. Mohamed reportedly lived in West Valley City with his girlfriend and their son. He reportedly moved to the U.S. from Kenya about 10 years ago. [Gee, so who pays for the care of the girlfriend and the son—I’ll wager you do, the taxpayers of Utah and America!—ed]
We get a large number of our Somali refugees from Kenya. Note that in the line above the police weren’t willing to identify the ‘man’ but his family did. Then this is no surprise:
The press release from police states that immediately after the shooting, a crowd gathered and became hostile, with some people throwing rocks or bottles at police. Officers asked the crowd to disperse to allow police and medical personnel to respond to the scene, but many in the crowd did not comply.
See our previous posts on Utah by clicking here. Just yesterday I was telling a reader (who was looking for refugee crime stories) about that dreadful case of Burmese Muslim Esar Met raping and murdering a Christian girl in Salt Lake City, here. Oh, and by the way, we have 1,931 refugee crime stories categorized from all over the world, here. Feel free to mine that archive if you are working on a report, legislation or letter to the editor.
And, for more information on who resettles refugees in Utah, our Utah reader sent this story. Here come the Syrians!