[Ed. – Great news for the rest of us. Maybe it should be a little harder to pass those background checks.]
The Washington, D.C., Metro Transit Police officer charged earlier this month with attempting to provide material support to ISIS was not earlier terminated from the department despite being under federal monitoring for seven years, Metro officials said Thursday.
Metro authorities alerted the FBI when Nicholas Young began exhibiting “abnormal” behavior, but the 36-year-old remained with the agency’s patrol bureau while the federal monitoring transpired until he was arrested Aug. 3 on terrorism charges, the Washington Post reported. Young was then terminated from the agency.
Young was jailed after sending mobile messaging cards to an undercover federal agent, believing they would be used by ISIS militants to communicate abroad, according to court records.
The incident marked the first time a U.S. law enforcement officer was accused of attempting to aid a terrorist group.