Almost two weeks after Ibragim Todashev was shot and killed by an FBI agent in Orlando, one of the nation’s leading civil liberties groups has joined calls for the bureau to release details of the shooting, as well as for an independent investigation.
With little information from the government so far, the American Civil Liberties Union said it is monitoring the case.
“We’re concerned, like many other groups, about the way this story has changed,” said Michael German, senior policy counsel in the ACLU’s legislative office. “What we’d like to see is an independent and transparent investigation into what happened in this case.”
Todashev, 27, was shot and killed May 22 after being interviewed for hours in his Orlando apartment by FBI agents. A Chechen man and a friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Todashev had been monitored since the days immediately following the Marathon bombing and had been previously questioned about his relationship with Tsarnaev.
The FBI has refused to officially disclose what led to the shooting or if Todashev had a weapon. However, unnamed law enforcement officials have spread inconsistent versions of what occurred in the apartment through the Globe and other news outlets.
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