Following the events of the morning and the first hours of media coverage, a Muslim man waving a copy of the Quran is arrested on the university campus during a ‘religiously charged, emotional and distressed confrontation’ with staff and campus security.
As police arrive the man attempts to flee the scene at which point he is very forcibly detained.
Due to the number of witnesses and the length of the altercation much of the scene of disruption is caught on camera phones and shared on social media, with speculative suggestion that a ‘4th attack’ had been prevented at the university.
Many of the witnesses heard the man, Professor Fahd, stating he was an academic with Westchester University and his identity is quickly confirmed by the media.
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What was in actual fact personal emotions running high during a traumatic morning, the context of Professor Fahd academic research, the proximity of the confrontation to the first bomb and the footage being shared globally, means that what should have been a simple situation to resolve escalates into a high profile and confusing media story.
Given the events of the day the local police resources are both exhausted and on high alert which not only leads to the aggressive physical detention of the Professor, which is shared via social media but to the long and ‘closed off’ investigation into the events of his arrest.