Florida refuses to investigate FBI shooting of Tsarnaev friend

ACLU had requested state investigation into shooting during FBI interview of Chechen, Ibragim Todashev

Published August 1, 2013 7:36PM (EDT)

A number of question marks remain over the shooting of Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen friend of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, by an FBI agent in Florida. Initial claims by the FBI that the young man lunged at the agent with a knife were retracted, prompting the ACLU of Florida to request state investigators look into the case -- a request that has been denied.

Todashev was being questioned about his friendship with the late Tsarnaev and about the two men's alleged involvement with a triple murder in Boston, believed to be drug related. However, the Chechen immigrant was shot during questioning in circumstances that remain murky. Florida investigators told the ACLU by letter that it was not their place to intervene.

The Guardian reported Thursday:

ACLU of Florida director Howard Simon said he found the response extremely disappointing. "Secrecy fosters suspicion and the people of Florida deserve better than to be left without an explanation from their government about what led to a person being shot to death," Simon said in a news release.

"This means it is more likely that the family of Ibragim Todashev will have to file a lawsuit in order to get answers about how their son died."

By Natasha Lennard

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