It’s easy to think that the job of making our nation and its local communities safe is the exclusive domain of law-enforcement personnel. While it is correct that they are on the front-lines, one would be mistaken for dismissing the value of informed and active citizens.
This is not to suggest that citizens take the law into their own hands, but we can report genuinely suspicious situations to the authorities and let them take it from there. This active approach can have some surprising results.
In a situation that has become all too familiar, men with Middle-Eastern, Islamic ties have been discovered by the police to have bomb-making equipment, loaded firearms, and ammunition in their car. They were brought to the attention of law-enforcement by a call from a citizen who decided to do the right thing.
It began when “[a] good Samaritan confronted the men about littering from their car.”
“The man, who asked that his name not be used for fear of his safety, said the brothers jumped out of their car, moved aggressively toward him and used the N-word. He then called police.”
“Inside the brothers’ car, police found a loaded AK-47, another rifle, a handgun, a grenade, large amounts of ammunition, and what would later be identified as bomb-making materials, including a drone.”
The two brothers, Abdullah Alrifahe and Majid Alrifahe, were arrested on various charges including felony weapons possession. Abdullah Alrifahe already has a weapons-related conviction on his record.
“The Minneapolis Police Department says the investigation remains an open. Meanwhile, Abdullah Alrifahe is being held on $200,000 bail, which is an extremely high amount for the charges he faces. His brother, who is out of jail, did not immediately return phone calls.”
There are a number of points that can be taken from this story.
For one thing, never discount the value of what a citizen can do to prevent a crime. And we must assume that’s just what this man did. It’s not like these two brothers were going hunting with that gear.
The other point is that Islamic extremism is real, and our leaders ignore it at our own peril.
Source: CBS Minnesota