ISIS has made using vehicles in their attacks a trademark, having used them in attacks on Nice, France; Berlin, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; The Ohio State University; London, England, to name a few.In light of that, when a man plowed a car through pedestrians in New York City’s Time Square, it was no surprise that many assumed it was yet another ISIS inspired attack. It turned out to be unrelated to ISIS, but in the case of last night’s car attack targeting two police officers in Washington D.C., terror still hasn’t been ruled out as a possibility.
According to ABC7, D.C. Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham says a weapon was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. When asked if he could rule out terrorism Newsham replied,”We have to look at that very closely. We do not have a motive at this time.” Both the driver and another person in the vehicle have been arrested.
Two police officers are among those who have been taken to a hospital after being struck by a pickup truck at a busy Washington DC intersection. The officers were on bicycles when the truck swerved around a bus, striking them at 9 p.m. local time. A traffic aide and two pedestrians were also hit — for a total of five victims.The perpetrators are Brandon Figures-Mormon, 22, of Disputanta, Virginia, and Dwayne Nicholas Taylor, 23, of Prince George, Virginia. In searching for the social media presence of both men, we came across a profile that could belong to Figures-Mormon. After scrolling through all the pages he “liked” (the vast majority of which have to do with dance music and LSD), there’s nothing “liked” giving any indication that Figures-Mormon is a Muslim. He did however like “The Young Turks,” and host “Cenk Uygur.”
Gavin Long, who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge last year, ran a YouTube channel (which was later taken down) in which he spread his anti-cop rhetoric. There are numerous documented cases when Long repeated arguments from anti-police videos that The Young Turks released, word for word.
Obviously, TYT are not responsible for the actions of their fans (nor have they ever called for violence), but this leads one to think that perhaps instead of an Islamist terror attack, this was yet another anti-police attack — with those “domestic terrorists” taking a leaf out of the ISIS book.[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]