FBI Shooting Probes Always End Well for FBI
Since 1993 there have been about 150 shootings; all were deemed legit
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 19, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
In this May 4, 2013 police mug provided by the Orange County Corrections Department in Orlando, Fla., shows Ibragim Todashev after his arrest for aggravated battery in Orlando.   (AP Photo/Orange County Corrections Department)

(Newser) – If you're an FBI agent and you wind up shooting someone, good news: You were probably justified, as far as the FBI is concerned. With the bureau's promise of a full internal investigation into the shooting of unarmed Boston Bomber pal Ibragim Todashev in the news, the New York Times reports on how those investigations tend to go, via interviews and records it accessed via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The answer? Since 1993, every single shooting in which someone was injured or killed has been deemed "justified."

From 1993 to 2011 there were about 150 such shootings, roughly 70 of them fatal; all were declared kosher, documents reveal, and an FBI spokesman says the same is true of all such shootings since. The FBI had disciplined five agents for what it terms "bad shoots" (meaning they weren't made in accordance with FBI policy), but none of those shots hit anyone. FBI officials defend the sterling record as a product of the FBI's experienced agents and meticulous operation planning, but one criminal justice professor says the numbers are "suspiciously low." Click for the NYT's full report.

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Jun 19, 2013 2:37 PM CDT
well, when you let the fox guard the henhouse...duh.
Jun 19, 2013 11:13 AM CDT
For the last 10 years, I let my kids discipline themselves when they have done something wrong. Odd as it may seem, they haven't been wrong either. Except for a few rare minor incidents and then they promptly send themselves to bed by 12:00 am and are not allowed to eat their veggies. Good kids I tell you.
Jun 19, 2013 10:26 AM CDT
The FBI has become the major criminal gang of the U.S.