FBI agent who shot Ibragim Todashev was subject of police brutality suits

The name of the Boston FBI agent who shot and killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev's friend last year in Florida has been revealed. He's Aaron McFarlane, age 41, and he sounds like a piece of work.

[McFarlane] had a brief and troubled past at the Oakland Police Department in California. In four years, Officer #8313 took the Fifth at a police corruption trial and was the subject of two police brutality lawsuits and four internal affairs investigations. He retired from the department in 2004 at age 31.

Ibragim Todashev shooter had stormy record as officer

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  1. IMB says:

    So when the government sees fit, they don't allow prosecutors to question potential defendants?

    The FBI is judge, jury and executioner in this case, it sounds like. Justice be damned.

  2. Three insurance investigators interview a man in his home. During that interview lasting 8 hours, they claim that the man knocked over a table and attacked them with a broom, which required one of the investigators (who had a concealed weapons permit) to pull out his gun and shoot the man six times, including at point blank range in the head. The only people who can corroborate this story are the insurance agents. The details of the report by the insurance agents (including weapons that the man might have had) changed several times. Do you impartially investigate this as murder or let the insurance company come up with a report on their own?

  3. I'd like to know if he applied for disability before being hired by the FBI.

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