Ibragim Todashev was questioned by the FBI on May 22 and was shot during the investigation by an unnamed FBI agent. He was held over his alleged involvement in the Boston Marathon attacks on April 15, the horrific event which took three lives and left dozens injured.
Todashev was an alleged accomplice of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two suspects responsible for the twin explosions and was killed during an encounter with the police force.
The FBI initially released a vague-on-details statement saying the bureau was currently reviewing a shooting incident involving an FBI special agent and two Massachusetts State Police troopers. It said that they had been interviewing an individual in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the individual. There were no explanations whatsoever about how ‘violent’ the confrontation was. The statement further cited that during the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Though initial official and unofficial sources suggested that the man was killed because he attacked the personnel investigating him, news has now emerged saying that Todashev was not armed when he was shot by the FBI. The same sources also cite that he might’ve lunged for a weapon during his questioning and got shot.
All the details received to date about Ibragim Todashev have left everyone perplexed. His killing has caused a lot of speculations. A U.S. based advocacy group Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called for probe into the case.
But this would not be an isolated incident where an unarmed man was killed by security personnel. For example, our site previously reported that a campus police officer at the University of South Alabama shot and killed a naked and defenseless freshman who repeatedly chased and threatened him. The officer was later placed on paid administrative leave. These cases leave us thinking whether such killings by police/FBI officers will become a norm in the society. Will nothing ever be done to put an end to these incidents? Will the abuse of authority continue?
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