An unidentified mosque in Houston called police after a man wearing a shirt with the symbol of the Islamic State refused to leave, according to the Clarion Project, a nonprofit that tracks Islamic extremism. Before the man was escorted out, he openly pledged his devotion to the Islamic State, seemingly proud to do it in front of police officers.
Throughout the video, police are calm as they attempt to convince the man to leave. The symbol of the Islamic State is small and on the back of the man's shirt, where it's possible officers could have missed it.
Just before the man agrees to leave, he says: “In front of the police officers, could you record this? ... May Allah protect Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi."
The police officer responds, "I don't know what that means," walking ahead to escort the man out.
“The video is shocking because it shows how brazen this ISIS supporter is. The in-your-face, attention-seeking style is common among ISIS supporters around the world online, but this is happening in Houston," Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project told the Washington Free Beacon.
“This individual is abrasive and lewd in his tweets, a common feature of ISIS supporters and the next generation of jihadists,” Mauro added. “You could never imagine [Osama] bin Laden making crude wisecracks or expressing affection for some parts of Western pop culture, but ISIS is winning the next generation with this modernized style.”
One thing that Mauro said he found reassuring was how anxious the mosque representative was to remove the man.
The exact date the incident occurred is unclear, but the video was posted Sept. 17.
You can watch it below:
Read the full story at The Clarion Project.
(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)