ORLANDO, Florida. – The parents of a Chechen man who was fatally shot, while the question in Florida about the Boston Marathon bombing suspect in 2013 have sued four law enforcement agents for wrongful death.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Orlando, the estate of Ibragim Todashev and Todashev’s parents against two Massachusetts state troopers, an FBI agent and an Orlando police officer who was working under FBI supervision. Todashev the estate is represented by an official with the Council of American-Islamic Relations Florida.
The lawsuit wants a compensation for lost income and funeral and medical expenses.
The agents interviewed Todashev four years ago as they looked into the background of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The men were friends in Boston by means of mixed martial-arts circles.
The agents said Todashev was shaken during the interview, grabbed a weapon and was killed. But the lawsuit claims that Todashev was leaving his apartment when he was shot, and agents tried to rearrange the scene.
“The actions of the enforcers were designed to escalate the conflict and tries to justify the unlawful use of violence,” the lawsuit said.
FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera in Boson declined to comment because of the pending litigation. Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio also said he could not comment on pending litigation, but that “we expect a vigorous defense of our employees will be presented in the court.”
The lawsuit claims that FBI agents followed, harassed and repeatedly questioned Todashev in the weeks after the Boston bombing even though he had nothing to do. The lawsuit also says the FBI has been negligent in its investigation into the death of Todashev, who was shot seven times, and that the FBI agent who shot had a history of misconduct.
“Todashev’s death … was the result of excessive use of force by FBI agents and the negligent hiring/ supervision by the FBI, that resulted in Todashev’s death by negligence,” the lawsuit said.