If the national media even bothers to report this they’ll first warn us about the pending Islamophobic backlash.
5 Investigates uncovered six aliases used by Kirk Figueroa, the man killed by Boston police after he shot two officers on Wednesday night in East Boston.
He took on an alias as he experienced what he called an Islamic “rebirth” in Africa.
The aliases, along with his seeming obsession with police and security, help make Figueroa a picture of contradictions and confusion: a 33-year-old man who started at least three companies in Florida and other states focused on security and protection who yesterday nearly killed two police officers responding to a domestic violence call.
5 Investigates uncovered a job posting for “Police Protection” for one of those companies, Bailrunners. In it, Figueroa identifies himself as Muhummed Isa Al Mahdi. The ad said Al Mahdi was looking for people interested in helping him “hunt down fugitives and bring them to justice.”
5 Investigates also discovered a posting from Muhummed Isa on a website guide for mosques from October 2012. Isa wrote about his “rebirth as a baby into the Nation of Islam” following a trip to an area of Ethiopia and a mosque in South Africa.
Isa went on, writing that his unique and blessed journey was prepared and guided by Allah.
Most recently, Figueroa was using the name Kocoa Xango on social media, identifying himself as a police constable. His last post under that name came just a few hours before the fatal shooting, posting a video by Michelle Obama and then a picture of himself after getting a haircut.
Oh, a video by Michelle Obama? Cool. Anyone going to ask her about that? Can you imagine the media feeding frenzy if he joined the NRA and posted Trump videos?
Earlier this month under that alias, he also posted numerous videos about police shootings.
Under yet a different apparent alias, Kham Menkaure Hotep, he posted a rap video of himself.
Records obtained by 5 Investigates show his long interest in security and police affairs. He took numerous classes on the topic, everything from homeland security to tactical baton use. The car towed from in front of his home resembled an undercover police car.
Yet 5 Investigates also found Figueroa had a criminal past dating back to at least 2005, when he was arrested in Georgia for impersonating a police officer.
So basically a career criminal, yet somehow he was able to become a constable in Boston. Great vetting process, folks. Oh, and before the anti-gun nuts start spewing, we should note this thug didn’t have a license to possess one.
A man who shot and wounded two police officers responding to a report of a domestic disturbance was armed with a tactical shotgun and wearing body armor but didn’t have a gun license, authorities said Thursday.
The officers were responding to a 911 call from a home in the East Boston neighborhood at about 11 p.m. Wednesday about 33-year-old Kirk Figueroa threatening his roommate with a knife, police Commissioner William Evans said.
Two officers entered the home and were shot by Figueroa, who was then shot and killed by other officers, Evans said. Figueroa was not licensed to have a gun in Massachusetts, police said.