The Independent Investigation of Ibragim Todashev’s Death Will Be Out Soon

Under pressure, the Florida State Attorney finally has a date for the release of its investigation into a Boston FBI agent’s shooting of Ibragim Todashev.

Following months of delays, the Florida State Attorney has promised to release, by the end of March, the results of his independent investigation into the death of Ibragim Todashev—the man a Boston FBI agent shot and killed just as, the agency claims, Todashev was about to implicate himself and suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the gruesome killings of three Waltham men on September 11, 2011.

Florida State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton’s announcement comes nine months after Todashev’s death, and one day after Boston magazine’s publication of “The Murders Before the Marathon,” an extensive investigation by reporter Susan Zalkind that delves into the failure of local police to solve the Waltham murders—perhaps missing an opportunity to prevent the Marathon bombings. The Boston magazine investigation, conducted in collaboration with public radio’s This American Life (which will air a broadcast version of the story on March 7), also shines new light into a previously under-explored area of the case: the FBI’s actions in the aftermath of Todashev’s killing. Several of Todashev’s friends were subsequently deported or prevented from re-entering the United States—including his live-in girlfriend, who was told she was being thrown out of the country for speaking with Boston magazine.

Ashton’s investigation was triggered by intense pressure from media outlets and the American Civil Liberties Union, who were concerned about the FBI’s ability to adequately investigate itself. As the New York Times has reported, in 150 shootings by FBI agents over the past two decades, the agency’s internal investigations have never found a single instance of internal wrongdoing. The FBI gave vague and conflicting reports of the circumstances surrounding Todashev’s shooting, then quashed a coroner’s report. (Todashev’s father has stated his intentions to file a wrongful death suit pending the results of the report.)

The Florida State Attorney’s office issued its promise just hours after MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow picked up Boston’s “blistering” cover story and ran a 10-minute segment on the case, calling on FBI director James Comey to hold his agency accountable in Todashev’s killing. Up to that point, the state attorney’s office had been silent since December, when Ashton told reporters he’d met with the agents from the Department of Justice and received “additional investigative material,” and that his report would be released in early 2014.

  • Drew Bright

    I think if he had a more easily-pronouncable name, the investigation into his murder by Federal assassins wouldn’t have taken 10 MONTHS! The Rule of Law in this country is dead, imo..

    • oregonstu

      I think Todashev, and probably the three guys the FBI says he was about to admit he whacked as well (now why would they shoot down a guy they believed was on the verge of confessing to a triple murder?) was put down to make sure he didn’t talk. Dead men tell no tales.


    Check out Kenneth Michael Trentadue.

    • # Whoopsiedoo

      Very interesting, thank you.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    official Osama bin Laden death narrative
    official Sandy Hook Newtown narrative
    official Boston Marathon narrative
    of course we trust ‘government’

  • Ashley Bowman

    I’m about the farthest thing from a conspiracy theorist there is. And since I’ve been working in law enforcement for the last year and a half, I’m generally skeptical of anti-LE rhetoric and jabs.

    But I find it VERY interesting that, “in 150 shootings by FBI agents over the past two decades, the agency’s internal investigations have never found a single instance of internal wrongdoing.” I find this interesting because my first instinct was to think that any institution comprised of fallible humans will make mistakes from time to time. My first thought was that any law enforcement agency at some point would have had officers be disciplined in one way or another for using excessive force that wasn’t justified. I looked for statistics to back up this claim (which would have made the FBI’s claim of never having had any wrongdoing seem at best interesting) and found none!

    I learned that all the way back in 1994 it was declared by the Attorney General that these types of statistics need to be kept and annual reports produced. This hasn’t happened. Which creates a tangent worth investigating and at the very least pondering.

    Naturally, since the FBI require higher levels of training than regular cops, it is likely that if statistics on excessive use of force were compiled for all law enforcement agencies one would find that the FBI would have LESS genuinely wrongful uses of force than other enforcement agencies. But I find it very highly unlikely that over two decades not a single FBI agent has ever in any circumstance wrongfully killed someone.

    Add to that the sentiment of Ronald Kessler, who wrote a book on the FBI: “The bureau’s low death rate, Mr. Kessler said, had a lot to do with a policy of using overwhelming force when moving in for an arrest.” (NY times, link below)

    A policy of “overwhelming force” involving arrests?

    And none of that overwhelming force over the course of TWENTY YEARS has led to any fallible human being employed by the Bureau making a mistake in shooting someone?

    Sounds suspicious….

    Either the Bureau trains the fallibility out of people so that they are genuinely incapable of making mistakes, or else something’s missing.

  • Ashley Bowman

    Doing some further research on the FBI’s reports obtained by the NY Times…. Check this out.

    Although they claimed that of 150 shootings, no one was in the wrong, when you read the report it explicitly states that “incidents where agents engaged in clearly illegal conduct that was the subject of criminal investigation by other law enforcement agencies” were LEFT OUT of the report. So… in order to provide statistics showing that the FBI hasn’t done any wrong, they deliberately left out the incidents where the FBI clearly did wrong.

    Add to that the fact that the report covers not 150 shooting incidents, but 493, and you’ve got yourself a ball game. Of the 493 incidents, 188 were intentional, 93 were directed at animals, and 216 were unintentional. So sure, maybe in 150 incidents over the last 20 years the FBI didn’t do any wrong. But if the FBI is picking and choosing which incidents to include in that claim, naturally, the claim is deliberately misleading and erroneous.

  • # Whoopsiedoo

    A poster in this forum suggested checking out Kenneth Michael Trentadue. Having just done so, I hold out no hope whatsoever of getting anything other than a pack of lies from the FBI.

    I feel sorry for his family.

  • furtive

    But an exclusive interview last week by this journalist of Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Gary Utz, who personally conducted the Todashev autopsy, confirms that Todashev was shot seven times by FBI bullets, four times in the torso, two times in the left arm (he was right-handed), and once in the top of the head, slightly towards the back of the head. A significant bruise and contusion over the cheekbone showed he also had been “forcefully struck” on the left side of the head, in Utz’s words — a point that had never been mentioned by the FBI.

    Bruising does not occur to a significant extent once a person is dead — especially if the heart has been destroyed by bullets and there has been significant loss of blood — since there is no blood pressure to push blood out of damaged blood vessels into surrounding tissue. This means it is likely the blow suffered by Todashev came before he was shot.

    An Open Homicide Case

    Coroner Utz, who has classified Todashev’s death as a homicide, while not determining whether it was justified or not, says he “cannot understand” why the FBI has blocked the Medical Examiner’s Office from releasing his report. He called the Bureau’s hold order “somewhat unusual.”

    He added, “It just makes everyone suspicious.” It’s apparently a sentiment he shares, as he also said, “If the FBI didn’t have a problem with our report, it would already be released.”

  • Jackie Ferrara

    Looks like an update is in order.