The father of a young Queensland man shot dead by police during in a “terrorism event” claims there was a racial element to officers’ actions and denies his son was provoking them.
Mohammed Abdi is mourning his son Raghe Abdi, 22, after his death on the Logan Motorway, south of Brisbane, on Thursday morning.
Police say Abdi threatened police with a knife before being shot.
He has also been directly linked to the suspected murders of an 87-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman, whose bodies were found with significant injuries in a home at Parkinson on Thursday afternoon.
Abdi’s family has expressed condolences to the elderly victims.
But Mohammed Abdi says his son was the victim of a “trigger happy” officer.
The Abdi family has released dashcam footage purportedly showing part of Abdi’s interaction with police.
Mohammed said the footage casts doubt over police claims that Abdi had “advanced on” officers while holding 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 alleged 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.
Mohammed also rejected any link between his son to terrorist groups, with police claiming he was “influenced by ISIS” when he tried to travel to Somalia on an suspected foreign incursion in 2019.
“That didn’t mean he was going to join with a terrorist group. He has never been charged,” Mohammed said.
He said he was “concerned to some extent of my son’s mental welfare” prior to his death.
Ali Kadri, from the Islamic Council of Queensland, said it was premature to suggest the elderly man and woman’s death were terror-related.
But Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford said Abdi’s property was found at couple’s home, and items belonging to them were also found on him after he was shot dead.
“As a consequence of this investigation, and what we have now gleaned to date, we are treating this matter as a terrorism event,” Linford said.
“And I want to stress that nothing else has been uncovered at this point in time that would indicate that there are any other persons involved in this terrorism event.”
– With AAP