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Police publicly released surveillance video showing the shooting of Usaamah Rahim, who was killed by police after allegedly pulling a knife as officers approached him.

The grainy video from a Burger King surveillance camera is pixilated and a fair distance away from the altercation. But it shows a man, identified by police as Rahim, moving toward officers as he’s shot.

“This guy had a malicious intent, and our officers were really faced with that,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Monday at a press conference releasing the video.

{mosads}”The video will speak for itself, but I think we averted a serious tragedy in that day.”

Rahim was the subject of a counterterrorism investigation by local and federal authorities. Federal documents allege that he sought to behead a person in New York but changed his mind and decided to kill police officers in his home city of Boston instead.

CNN has reported that he initially sought to kill Pamela Geller, the activist whose group was behind the recent “Draw Muhammad” contest in Texas that sparked an attack, but no officials have publicly confirmed that. 

The video’s release had been long awaited by activists who questioned the use of lethal force. Some accused police of shooting Rahim in the back, a rumor that appears to be disproved by the video.

Evans said officers approached Rahim to question him, but he lunged at them with a “large military knife … well within striking distance of one of the officers.”

He added that officers do not carry stun guns and could not have used other nonlethal force in light of Rahim’s alleged threats.

“Putting that into light knowing the prior intent, I don’t think we could have,” Evans said.

“He was intent, as the affidavit said, at getting a boy in blue, and I don’t think he was going to go down very easy.”

Local and federal law enforcement are investigating the death and specifically the officers’ use of lethal force.

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