ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) –
An advocacy group is demanding a civil-rights investigation into the death of a Chechen immigrant shot by an FBI agent in Orlando last week during questioning into his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
During a news conference Wednesday, a Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesman said Ibragim Todashev, 27, was not only unarmed the night he was shot, he was shot seven times.
CAIR spokesman Hassan Shibly said his group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil-rights division to open a probe into how Todashev died. Shibly says he wants to examine whether excessive force was used or whether Todashev’s rights were violated.
“Our call for an independent investigation of this disturbing incident is not just about the victim and his family, but is also about constitutional rights and the rule of law,” Shibly said.