What led an FBI agent, or some other law enforcement official, to shoot and kill an unarmed man in Orlando, Florida? The man, Ibragim Todashev, was being questioned about the Boston bombing, as well as an unsolved 2011 triple murder that he may or may not have confessed to committing. Does that sound sketchy? Don’t blame me. Once he died, law enforcement started releasing anonymous, conflicting explanations so dubious that they warrant an inquiry all by themselves.
Did the dead man have a knife? A gun? A sword? None of those? Let’s run through a timeline of what we’ve been told, and then assess all the information that the FBI hasn’t released about the killing.
Of course, this could be as simple as the Alex Mengel killing. Mengel was the sweetheart who killed a cop at a traffic stop in New York state, then kidnapped a woman, raped her, scalped her and fled to Canada wearing her hair as a disguise. On his way back to the city to face his crimes, he was “shot while trying to escape”. Word was that the detectives who shot him would have let him live for the killing of their fellow officer, it was what he did to the young woman that pushed them over the edge. Maybe someone in Florida didn’t like bombers who blew the legs off six-year-old little girls?