ACLU Urges Independent Probe of FBI’s Shooting of Bombing Figure

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday urged local law enforcement officials in Florida and Massachusetts to open investigations into how an F.B.I. agent killed a man who was being interrogated in his Orlando apartment about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, reports the New York Times. In letters to the attorney general of Massachusetts and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the A.C.L.U. said the public had little faith in the F.B.I.’s ability to investigate itself.
The letters cited a recent article by the Times, which said that from 1993 to 2011, the F.B.I. deemed its agents' use of force justified in the 150 instances in which an F.B.I. agent fatally shot or wounded someone. Carol Rose, the executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Massachusetts, said in a letter to Martha M. Coakley, the attorney general of Massachusetts, that the secrecy surrounding the F.B.I.’s investigation of the shooting of the Orlando man, Ibragim Todashev, had shaken “the public's faith in the agency's ability to review itself.”

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