FBI Orders Florida Medical Examiner to not Release Autopsy of Chechen Killed by FBI

Friday, July 19, 2013
Ibragim Todashev autopsy photo

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has ordered a Florida medical examiner’s office not to release its autopsy report of a Chechen man fatally shot by an FBI agent in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.


The FBI said the reason for holding up the autopsy report was due to the bureau’s active internal investigation into the shooting of Ibragim Todashev, who was killed on May 22 in his Orlando apartment while being interrogated about his connection to Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.


What prompted the shooting is still unknown. Some accounts said Todashev attacked the FBI agent with a blade, while others said he was unarmed, and still others said he lunged at the agent with a metal pole or a broomstick.


Todashev reportedly was preparing to sign a confession implicating himself and Tsarnaev, who is now dead, in the 2011 slayings of three men in Waltham.


The FBI and the Department of Justice are conducting an internal inquiry into the shooting.


However, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American Civil Liberties Union have called for independent inquiries into the shooting.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

FBI Bars Fla. from Releasing Todashev Autopsy (by Maria Sacchetti, Boston Globe)

Obama Administration Plans to Deport Roommate of Chechen Killed by FBI (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

When FBI Shoots Someone, It’s Always Justified…According to the FBI (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky AllGov)


barbara henninger 5 years ago
They have not even told us the name of the shooter of Ibragim Todashev. It is evident that this killing is crucial to understanding the Boston Bombing. Thanks for keeping on it.

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