The F.B.I. agent who fatally shot a Chechen man in Orlando during an interrogation in May about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been cleared of wrongdoing by a prosecutor in Florida and by an F.B.I. internal review, according to law enforcement officials.
Another review, by the Justice Department, which is almost complete, is expected to conclude that the agent followed proper guidelines on the use of force when he killed the Chechen, Ibragim Todashev, according to the officials. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to jeopardize their access to classified information.
None of the reports have been publicly released. The Florida prosecutor, Jeffrey L. Ashton, has said his findings will be released on Tuesday. In a written statement, he denied that he had made a final decision.
“The release of purported information is inaccurate and unfair to Mr. Todashev’s surviving family and the police officers involved in the incident and their families,” Mr. Ashton said. “It also contravenes and frustrates all of the efforts to date by employees of the F.B.I., D.O.J. and this office for the orderly and safe release of information,” he added, referring to the Department of Justice.
Civil rights and civil liberties groups criticized the F.B.I.’s findings, saying that it was not surprising that the F.B.I. had once again determined that one of its agents had not violated its policy on the use of force.
SOURCE: MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO
The New York Times