CAIR calls for review of Todashev shooting

A Muslim civil liberties organization is urging a Florida prosecutor to reexamine the FBI’s fatal shooting last year of a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying the prosecutor failed to scrutinize records of the officers at the scene.

“We are extremely disappointed that your office failed to investigate the background of the FBI agent and the other officers involved,” Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida, wrote to prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton in a letter on May 22, the anniversary of the death of Ibragim Todashev.

“The fact that you failed to do so makes it absolutely clear your report is neither complete nor reliable,” the letter said.

Ashton and the US Department of Justice ruled in March that the agent shot Todashev in self-defense after the 27-year-old mixed-martial arts fighter allegedly attacked him and Massachusetts State Trooper Curtis Cinelli. But Ashton admitted through a spokesman this week that he did not examine the agent’s record during his time on the Oakland police force from 2000 to 2004.