The father of a young Queensland man who had been shot dead by the police during a “terrorism event” argued that there was a racist factor in the conduct of the officers and denied that his son had provoked them.
Mohammed Abdi mourns his son Raghe Abdi, 22, following his death on the Logan Motorway, south of Brisbane.
Police state that Abdi threatened the police with a knife before he was shot.
It was also specifically linked to the alleged murder of an 87-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman whose bodies were discovered to have sustained severe injuries in Parkinson’s home on Thursday afternoon.
Abdi’s family has expressed their condolences to the elderly victims.
But Mohammed Abdi says that his son was the victim of a “happy trigger” cop.
The Abdi family released Dashcam video purporting to show part of Abdi’s encounter with the police.
Mohammed said the video casts doubt as to whether the police say that Abdi had “advanced” officers while carrying a knife.
“I feel saddened to see my son was trying to step away from this,” he said.
“It validates our first concern that the police response wasn’t actually there to support my son, or the community.
“I believe it was a trigger happy reaction.
“My son was a very peaceful minded person. He has never put his hand on anybody in his life.
“The video footage is a clear indication which contradicts the statement made by police that he actually was provoking them.
“My son needed help when he was there.
“The help he got was to get shot.
“That’s very sad.”
Mohammed said that the police shot Abdi “because of his ethnicity.”
“I believe if my son was from an Anglo community, and he was walking there yesterday on the street, and he needed help, the response would have been different,” he said