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New Records Reveal final Moments of Ibragim Todashev’s Life During FBI Probe

Ibragim Todashev

By Steve Neavling

What happened in the final moments of Ibragim Todashev’s life has been the subject of intensive investigations and a lawsuit. reports that new information suggests Todashev was “calm and respectful” when the FBI and Massachusetts State Police entered his apartment in Florida.

By night’s end, Todashev, who was a friend of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was dead after being shot seven times.

An acquaintance said Todashev “lost control easily.”

According to the reports, Todashev was confessing to an unsolved murder just before he lunged at an FBI agent with a broomstick handle, causing a head injury that would require nine stitches.

The agent shot Todashev seven times.

Columnist: How Can Former Cop Collect City Disability While Working for FBI?

By Debra Saunders
San Francisco Chronicle

How is it possible that the FBI agent who shot and killed an associate of a suspected Boston Marathon bomber has been pocketing more than $50,000 annually in disability benefits since he retired as an Oakland, California, police officer in 2004 at age 31?

On May 22, 2013, Ibragim Todashev of Orlando, Florida, allegedly had just confessed to helping the late Tamerlan Tsarnaev kill three men two years earlier, when he threw a coffee table at an FBI agent and charged a Massachusetts state trooper with a pole.

The agent fired seven shots. Todashev died. Two investigations found that the agent, named Aaron McFarlane, according to The Boston Globe, had acted in self-defense.

During a police corruption trial of the infamous Oakland Riders, who were acquitted, McFarlane pleaded the Fifth Amendment when questioned about filing a false police report. He repeatedly injured a leg and an ankle while on the force and retired on medical disability.

Why is he on disability? I don’t know. CalPERS, the state-administered retirement fund, can reveal only that he is collecting an annual pension of $52,000 essentially for life. If McFarlane has a physical disability, it was not so debilitating as to prevent him from passing a background check and training at the FBI’s academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Privacy laws prohibit government agencies from revealing the nature of McFarlane’s disability. So readers will have to imagine for themselves how a former cop can be so disabled as to receive some $500,000 over the past decade yet still qualify for working as an FBI agent.

To read more click here.

FBI Agent Who Shot Todashev in Florida Is Subject of Probe Over His Annual Police Pension

Steve Neavling

The FBI agent who fatally shot a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in his Florida apartment is the subject of an investigation over a $52,000 pension that he’s receiving as a retired police officer from Oakland, California.

The Boston Globe reports that Aaron McFarlane has been receiving the pension since he was 31 years old in 2004.

What’s bizarre about his pension is that he began collecting it for medical reasons, yet he managed to pass the rigorous physical requirements of the FBI when he landed the job in 2008.

The city of Oakland is investigating.

FBI Agent Who Fatally Shot Chechen in Florida Apartment Has Troubled Law Enforcement Past

Steve Neavling

The FBI agent who fatally shot Ibragim Todashev in his small Orlando apartment last year has a troubling, controversial history as a former officer for the Oakland Police Department in California, the Boston Globe reports.

Not much was known about the agent who killed the Chechen friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev because the FBI declined to identify him. But the Globe has discovered that the agent’s name is 41-year-old Aaron McFarlane.

According to the Globe, McFarlane retired from the department at the age of 31 after he was the subject of two police brutality lawsuits and four internal affairs investigations.

Authorities have said the agent was justified in shooting Todashev because he lunged at the investigators inside his apartment.


Opinion: FBI Has Plenty of Questions to Answer About Its Repeated Failures Following Boston Marathon Attack

By The Rutland Herald
Editorial Board

As Boston marks the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings, one chapter closes. But there’s still enough to fill a book — especially when it comes to the role of the FBI.

Questions about it pour from the pages of numerous post-bombing government reports. An assessment by the House Homeland Security Committee challenges the FBI’s resistance to information sharing. A review done by various intelligence agencies highlights missed opportunities involving the threat posed by a radicalized Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Reports by a Florida prosecutor and the Department of Justice address the shooting death of Ibragim Todashev, who tied Tamerlan Tsarnaev to a triple homicide in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 11, 2011. Unsurprisingly, both reports conclude that Todashev’s shooting by an FBI agent was justified. But why was Todashev questioned in his Orlando apartment, with access to items that could be used as weapons, rather than in a more secure environment?

Lawyers for Tamerlan’s brother, Dzhokhar, also claim the FBI sought to turn Tamerlan into an informant. The government said it has “no evidence” of that, which doesn’t exactly shut the door on the possibility.

Richard DesLauriers, the now retired FBI agent who was in charge of the Boston office and the Marathon investigation, went on “60 Minutes” to explain how the FBI identified the bombers. But the FBI has never told the public who interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, nor explained why that agent failed to recognize the older brother from the surveillance video. So much for that old saying that a police officer never forgets a face. If this agent remembered Tamerlan’s face, it might have averted the public release of the video and the manhunt and violence that followed.

Report About Deadly FBI Shooting of Ibragim Todashev in Orlando Leaves Out Information

Steve Neavling

A long-awaited report on the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev revealed a lot of information but not the identity of the FBI agent who shot the Chechen man seven times.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that agent has remained anonymous and wouldn’t participate in an independent investigation by the state’s attorney.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Jeff Ashton said his concern is about the objectivity of the probe.

“It would have been better if the FBI had brought in local law enforcement as the investigative agency,” Ashton said in an interview this week with the Orlando Sentinel. “When you have an agency investigating itself, there is a natural tendency to assume they’re going to cover. And even if that’s not the case, it’s just better to have an independent investigation.”


Report on FBI’s Shooting of Ibragim Todashev Draws Critics, More Questions

Steve Neavling

Not everyone is satisfied with how the FBI handled Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen man who had ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing shooters and was killed by an agent during an alleged confession.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that state prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton and others, including civil rights groups, have some qualms with the FBI’s handling of the affair.

Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis said the 161-page report on Todashev’s death was a “whitewash,” adding, “Once again the FBI waltzes away from a mess. No harm, no foul.”

The account of Todashev’s death was finally released this week after a 10-month hold during which the FBI blocked access to the medical examiner’s report, CSM reported.

“The central question of whether the killing of Mr. Todashev was justified remains frustratingly unanswered,” Baylor Johnson, an American Civil Liberties Union spokesman, told NPR after the report was released Tuesday.

Autopsy Shows FBI Shot Chechen Man Ibragim Todashev 7 Times During Interrogation

Steve Neavling 

An FBI agent interviewing Ibragim Todashev shot the Chechen man six times in the body and once in the head after a sudden altercation in his Florida apartment, ABC News reports, citing an autopsy report.

The 27-year-old, who was an associate of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was being questioned about an unsolved 2011 triple murder in Massachusetts.

After implicating himself, Todashev crashed a coffee table into the back of the head of an FBI agent and came at officers with a long object, according to the findings by Florida State Attorney General Jeffrey Ashton.

The agent responded by opening fire.

The report said there’s “no evidence of close range firing in any of the gunshot wounds.”

To read the autopsy click here.