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Forum Post: The FBI’s License to Kill: Agents Have Been Deemed "Justified" in Every Shooting Since 1993

Posted 4 years ago on June 21, 2013, 12:14 p.m. EST by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN
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New documents reveal the FBI has cleared its agents in every single shooting incident dating back two decades. According to the New York Times, from 1993 until today, FBI shootings were deemed justified in the fatal shootings of 70 people and the wounding of 80 others. Out of 289 shootings that were found to be deliberate, no agent was disciplined except for letters of censure in five cases. Even in a case where the bureau paid a shooting victim more than a million dollars to settle a lawsuit, the internal review did not find the agent who shot the man culpable. The issue of FBI accountability has recently re-emerged following last month’s fatal shooting of Ibragim Todashev during questioning by agents in Orlando, Florida. He was reportedly unarmed. We speak to Charlie Savage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter who co-reported the story.



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[-] 2 points by MsStacy (1035) 4 years ago

I agree it seems unlikely that all the shooting should have been judged justified. Do you have facts on any of those cases to offer or is this just speculation?

Less then 300 shootings, 150 fatal ones, spread over 20 years in an agency with over 13000 gun carrying special agents. The fact that there were only 289 deliberate shootings in 20 years is as statistically surprising as the fact that they were judged justified.