(There is a little known side story to all of this. Ibragim Todashev had a 19 year-old roommate, Tatiana Gruzdeva, who is a Russian citizen here on a student VISA. She had overstayed her visit and was ordered to leave the country by July 1st but she has apparently been under arrest by the Feds since they murdered Ibragim. She may in fact have been a witness to the shooting. Several independent news outlets claimed she was “quietly deported” but in fact, she wasn’t. ICE granted her an extension to remain in the country for a little longer though I doubt she requested it because she is currently still being held by the Feds.
“The removal office of ICE then granted her an extension until the end of July, without giving any explanation, although the immigration judge has ordered Gruzdeva to remain behind bars until she leaves, the Globe reported.” Ria Novosti
So the Feds, the same Feds who recently refused to release Ibragim Todashev autopsy, the same Feds who are running their own internal “investigation” into the shooting, are holding a Russian citizen against her will for being a witness to the shooting or some other aspect of their investigation.
“An immigration judge has ordered a potential witness in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Chechen man by an FBI agent last month to leave the United States no later than July 1, and to remain in jail until she departs, raising an outcry from a civil rights group seeking a full accounting of the man’s death.” Boston Globe
from Ria Novosti
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants two US states, Florida and Massachusetts, to open their own investigations into the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shooting death of a Chechen immigrant acquainted with one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
“A person was shot and killed at the hands of law enforcement in Florida. That alone should require Florida officials to investigate, and explain to the public what happened,” said Howard Simon, Florida Executive Director for the nonprofit civil liberties organization, in an ACLU press release.
The FBI and the Department of Justice are conducting an internal inquiry into the death of 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev, who was shot and killed by a Boston-based FBI agent during an interrogation with several different law enforcement agencies at his Orlando, Florida apartment on May 22.
Todashev was being questioned about a triple murder in the Boston area and his link to suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during a shootout with police in the Boston suburb of Watertown four days after the bombings.
There have been varying reports about exactly what happened when Todashev was killed.
“Florida officials are simply deferring to the FBI, allowing the FBI to investigate itself, but it is difficult to accept the FBI’s honesty in this matter,” the ACLU wrote in a letter to Commissioner Gerald Bailey of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, adding, “Now, more than eight weeks later, the public has very little information about this incident… Officials in both states should conduct their own investigations.”
In a similar letter to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) pointed to a New York Times analysis that found “FBI shooting reviews… virtually always clear the agency of wrongdoing.”
Last week the FBI blocked the release of Todashev’s autopsy by the Florida medical examiner’s office.
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