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What are they hiding?: Some Serious Problems with the FBI’s Killing of a Witness in Florida

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In the voluminous report issued by Florida State's Attorney Jeff Ashton's Office on the killing in Orlando last May 22 of a witness/suspect under interrogation by the FBI -- an investigation that concluded that the shooting was "justified" -- there is not a single mention of the bruise and contusion on the left side of Todashev's head.

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That wound, which Orange County/Orlando Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Gary Utz told me, in an exclusive interview conducted in the week before the release of Ashton's report on the case appeared to be the result of Todashev's having been "forcibly struck," blows out of the water the entire story of this case, as "reconstructed" by both Ashton's office and the FBI and US Justice Department.


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These agencies all have Todashev sitting at 11:30 pm in his apartment at the end of a four-and-a-half hour grilling, calmly "confessing" to participation, along with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in a vicious 2011 triple murder of three small-time drug dealers in Waltham, Mass., and starting to write down his confession on a couple of sheets of lined white paper. Out of the blue, they claim he "suddenly" upends the coffee table in front of the bed where he is sitting, tossing it at the head of the FBI agent sitting across from him, runs for the front of the apartment, and then turns and charges towards the FBI agent and Massachusetts State Trooper who have been interrogating him. As he attacks, the agent fires three rounds, causing him to stumble forward, but he "incredibly" rises and continues his attack, at which point he's shot four more times and falls to the floor dead.


As I  wrote yesterday , there's a major problem with this account: It's not the one provided by either of the two lawmen on the scene, but rather is an FBI composite that merges two wildly divergent accounts -- one by the trooper that Todashev him running straight to the front door, grabbing a metal broomstick or rod leaning there, turning and brandishing it, and the other that has him running first into the kitchenette area, that is separated by a waist-high counter from the rest of the room, rifling through a drawer of kitchen implements, then running out of the kitchenette and rounding towards the agents in the living room before being shot. Clearly one or both of those conflicting accounts is untrue. He can't have done both, as the merged "account" has him doing (State's Attorney Ashton lamely insists the two accounts are "basically consistent")...


For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in  ThisCantBeHappening!, the new uncompromising four-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to:  www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/2023

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Dave Lindorff is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper www.thiscantbehappening.net. He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the (more...)
 
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