July 31, 2013 7:35 pm
Updated: September 23, 2013 6:05 pm

Independent agency barred from investigating Chechen’s death during FBI questioning

Ibragim Todashev was shot and killed by FBI agents in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Todashev was reportedly being questioned by the FBI about his connections to the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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MIAMI – State investigators in Florida have rejected a request for an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of a Chechen man while he was being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement declined the request by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida to look into the death of Ibragim Todashev.

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Todashev was killed in May while being questioned by FBI agents and others. Officials originally said Todashev lunged at an FBI agent with a knife. They later said it was no longer clear what happened.

Tuesday’s letter said it would be inappropriate for the agency to intervene.

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.”

An investigation is being led by the FBI.

© 2013 The Associated Press

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