In Nearly All Shootings, FBI Agents Are Cleared by Internal Probes


FBI agents fatally shot about 70 “subjects” and wounded about 80 others from 1993 to early 2011, and every one of those episodes was deemed justified by internal investigations, reports the New York Times. In most of the shootings, the FBI’s own investigation was the only official inquiry. That is the case with the killing of a Chechen man during questioning by FBI agents in Orlando last month, which the Times calls “murky.”

Occasionally, the agency does discipline an agent. Out of 289 deliberate shootings covered by documents obtained by the paper, many of which left no one wounded, five were deemed to be “bad shoots,” in agents' parlance. A typical punishment involved adding letters of censure to agents' files. But in none of the five cases did a bullet hit anyone.

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