[UPDATED: corrected error in first paragraph that misidentified Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a suspect in a 2011 triple murder in Waltham, MA. The person suspected of involvement in that murder was his brother, Tamerlan. We apologise for the error. – IWPCHI]
The Independent Workers Party of Chicago presents here Florida States Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton’s report on the FBI murder of Ibragim Todashev – wanted for questioning in a triple homicide that took place in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 11, 2011 as well as for his ill-starred friendship with fellow mixed-martial-arts enthusiast and alleged triple murder co-conspirator Tamerlan Tsarnaev of Boston Marathon bombing infamy. These documents, which are heavily censored, include autopsy reports, crime scene photos, FBI ballistics test results, sworn statements by the Massachusetts State Police Officers and the FBI agent present in the home of Todashev at the time of his murder and much more. To date, this archive represents the most comprehensive documentary record of the strange series of events leading up to the murder of Todashev.
The documents – over 600 pages in all – leave many questions unanswered in the case. Why did the FBI agree to interrogate Todashev at his own home rather than wait for an arrest warrant from Massachusetts, which would have allowed them to take him into custody for questioning in a controlled and thoroughly documented manner? Why were the audio and video recordings of Todashev’s 4- 1/2-hour alleged “confession” to involvement in the triple homicide in Waltham so haphazardly recorded? How can the state explain the bullet entry wounds in Todashev’s back, supposedly fired at him as he allegedly attempted a frontal attack on an FBI agent and a Massachusetts State Police officer with a flimsy household mop handle? How is it that even though Todashev was brandishing the mop handle at the two law enforcement officers when he was killed with a volley of seven bullets, his fingerprints were not found on the mop handle? Why was Medical Examiner Lora Zedick repeatedly told at the scene of Todashev’s murder that not one but TWO FBI agents were involved in the shooting? Why are the names of so many government police agencies censored from the Ashton Report? Why did the FBI insist on censoring all of Todashev’s statements to the cops who were interrogating him? These are just a few of the most glaring questions that will occur to anyone even making a casual review of the 161-page summary of the Ashton Report.
These documents were released by the office of Florida States Attorney Ashton via their website. We had a pretty tough time locating these docs, as they were squirreled away deep in the bowels of the website of the States Attorney’s Office, rather than openly presented by the Office of the Florida Attorney General on their website. Hopefully, publishing them here will allow more people to find these documents with far less hunting around the Internets.
SA Investigation into death of Ibragim Todashev
Attachments to Investigative Report: