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Group wants civil rights probe into Todashev death

7:55 PM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
In this booking photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Ibragim Todashev poses for his mug shot after being arrested for aggravated battery May 4, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. Todashev was being questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on May 22, 2013 about his ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects when he was killed by an FBI agent after attacking the agent. (Photo by Orange County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- An advocacy group is demanding a civil rights investigation into the death of a Chechen immigrant who was shot to death by authorities in central Florida while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
    
A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday his group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division to open a probe into how 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev died last week.
    
CAIR spokesman Hassan Shibly says he wants to examine if excessive force was used or whether Todashev's rights were violated.
    
The FBI says Todashev was killed during a violent confrontation while he was being questioned by an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers.
    
The medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

Associated Press

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