Father of Slain Tsarnaev Friend Will Sue FBI
He wants to know the truth about Florida shooting
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2013 12:01 AM CDT
Abdul-Baki Todashev holds a photo of his dead son Ibragim Todashev.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(Newser) – The father of the Chechen man shot dead by the FBI while being interviewed about his friendship with Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev says he plans to sue the agency—not for compensation, but for the truth about his son's death. Abdulbaki Todashev, father of 27-year-old Ibragim, has traveled from Chechnya to the US to get answers and he is being assisted by the ACLU, Time reports. Conflicting accounts about the death have appeared in the media, with some claiming Ibragim lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, a metal pole, or a broomstick, and others saying he was unarmed.

The FBI, which is conducting an internal investigation, "has offered completely incompatible explanations, they have failed to explain how these inconsistent stories found their way into newspaper accounts of the shootings, and have not offered any clarifying comment about what really happened," says an ACLU spokesman. Todashev says his son would have posed no real threat to the agents, because "he had just had surgery on his knee and was still walking with crutches," and says he had no connection to the Boston Marathon bombing or a triple murder he allegedly confessed to.

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homer57
Aug 6, 2013 3:45 PM CDT
I have just got to say; I saw this add a few minutes ago; IT said: Support obama, do you stand with Him? I just had to laugh...I thought to myself...yeah, I 'll stand with the man, "When he can play 18 Holes of golf on Mt.Everest in december! I mean, the man has been so transparent, and so honest and he has kept all his promises and he has had the people of this nation, and their interest at heart..He has been as good for this nation as the plague! Support obama, when I can play racket ball on a moving 18 wheeler at 70 miles per hour!! Are you kidding me?????
boss
Aug 6, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
Lie down with dogs, get fleas. hang out with terrorists, prepare to die. No loss.
AnonymousApocalyse
Aug 6, 2013 1:02 PM CDT
What this article and nearly all of the others on the topic conveniently fail to mention is that Todashev was shot 7 TIMES including a shot to the head by 2 experienced FBI agents. They claim he attacked them with a knife and stabbed them, but had to retract that statement when there was no medical record of the wound, then they said a broom, then he simply lunged aggressively with no weapon at all. All this while he must move around on crutches due to a debilitating knee surgery. Very suspicious considering we always talk about the value of "intelligence." But the most damning evidence of a cover-up: after the 6 body shots, the shot to the head was to the CROWN OF THE HEAD! A KILL SHOT FROM BEHIND! Look at the autopsy photos! Ask yourself, why 2 FBI agents need to shot a crippled, unarmed man 6 times to the body and then execute him with a shot to the back of the head and lie about it repeatedly to the public????