Tsarnaev Friend Unarmed When FBI Shot Him: Officials
Ibragim Todashev's death under review by several groups
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 30, 2013 4:30 AM CDT
This May 4, 2013 police photo shows Ibragim Todashev after an arrest for aggravated battery in Orlando.   (AP Photo/Orange County Corrections Department)

(Newser) – New details are emerging on the killing of Ibragim Todashev at the hands of an FBI agent. Some officials have said Todashev, a friend of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had a knife or tried to take an agent's gun during questioning in the early morning at his own apartment. But two officials now tell the Washington Post that he was unarmed when he was slain. One of those officials says Todashev dove at an agent, flipping a table.

The FBI has said the "violent confrontation was initiated by the individual" being questioned. Other officials had left the room before Todashev clashed with the only remaining agent, according to one version of events. Yesterday, Florida's branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for an independent probe by the Justice Department's civil rights arm; officials say the division is investigating, as are local prosecutors and the FBI itself. "We have an effective, time-tested process for addressing (shooting incidents) internally," said an FBI spokesman yesterday; it expects that process to take months to conclude.

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CentristIntelligence
May 30, 2013 5:07 PM CDT
I knew it. The was a video I saw posted about how quickly you can kill someone when holding a knife. you have up to 4 meters to successfully beat a man at near 100% success rate whose gun is holstered. Concealed holsters like the ones detectives use take even MORE time. This is clear evidence that the Agents were there with intent. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2d8_1367104934
bewilderbeast
May 30, 2013 2:11 PM CDT
Just another extra-judicial murder under Obama. Disgraceful America doesn't trust its "fabled" justice system, so it kidnaps, tortures, hides, and murders people it doesn't understand. And then Obama (and many Americans) pontificate about "civilization"!!
vlad
May 30, 2013 1:07 PM CDT
wonder how long it will take them to get their story right ! reminds me of the bin laden shooting , so far there are four different versions !