The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was warned about a radicalized Muslim man over a month before he killed a Denver transit officer.
The officer, 56-year-old Scott Von Lanken, was attacked on Tuesday while helping two women.
Police reported that the suspect, 37-year-old Joshua Cummings, approached Lanken and said, “Do as I tell you.” The suspect then discharged his firearm into the officer’s neck, fatally wounding him.
Making the brutal murder worse, it could have been prevented. The suspect had been reported to the DHS by members of a Denver mosque more than a month ago.
Cummings reportedly attended an event at the mosque, where he expressed extremist views and said he was ready to “fight.”
The leadership of the mosque sent a detailed email to the DHS on their encounter with Cummings back in December in an appeal for help.
The email chillingly warned, “[Cummings] seems pretty advanced in his path of radicalization. He also feels that it [is] okay to fight now (not jihad/struggle, but actually fight) here to establish the rule of Islam. He is not listening to reason.”
Email here that Colo. Mosque sent to feds about Joshua Cummings , a month before he is alleged to have gunned down RTD guard pic.twitter.com/qESAaZa1fe
— Brian Maass (@Briancbs4) February 2, 2017
A lawyer representing the Mosque said it “would like to thank authorities for their professional and prompt investigation into this matter. The individuals who reported Mr. Cummings, a new arrival to Colorado, were determined to protect and defend our communities. It appeared that law enforcement took this alert very seriously.”
In a statement, DHS confirmed receipt of the email. A statement read, “[The email] was immediately referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for review.”
H/T: The Blaze
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