Jul 31 2013
GOOD! Florida’s law enforcement commissioner refuses to investigate fatal shooting of Boston Marathon Bombers-linked Chechen Muslim man in Orlando by a Boston FBI agent, days after the top prosecutor in Massachusetts also declined to look into the case.
CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations) is fuming as is the ACLU.
BOSTON.com In a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union, which urged the state officials to investigate the shooting last week, the commissioner said the FBI and the Justice Department are handling the inquiry. “This is an active federal investigation,” said Gerald M. Bailey, commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in a brief letter to the ACLU of Florida released today. “It would be inappropriate for FDLE to intervene.”
Todashev’s family and friends and terror-linked CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) have also called for an independent inquiry into his death.
Bailey’s refusal to investigate leaves only the FBI and its overseeing agency, the Department of Justice, investigating the May 22 shooting of, 27, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The FBI agent shot and killed Todashev in his own apartment after Todashev voluntarily submitted to multiple interviews with agents, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley declined to investigate the shooting last week, saying it had happened outside of her jurisdiction.
The ACLU chapters in Massachusetts and Florida had argued that the states should investigate because local police officials, including Massachusetts State Police detectives and an Orlando police officer, were also at the scene of the shooting. The ACLU also pointed to the extreme secrecy surrounding the case and the fact that the FBI’s internal investigations of shootings in the past 20 years have almost always cleared agents of wrongdoing.
In its letter, the ACLU had said it seemed “unlikely that the FBI investigation will meaningfully inform Massachusetts residents about what happened.”
Shootings by FBI agents are typically only investigated by the FBI with the Justice Department, but independent inquiries are not unprecedented. The Michigan attorney general and the Dearborn police conducted their own inquiries into the 2009 shooting of a Detroit imam by the FBI. Both inquiries found no evidence of wrongdoing by the agents.
In contrast to past shootings, however, the FBI has refused to divulge details of the Todashev case.