User:Ajp491/F.B.I. Agents Deemed Justified In 150 Shootings

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Friday, June 21, 2013

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Questions are being raised after a report has revealed that all intentional shootings by F.B.I. agents in the last 20 years were deemed as 'justified'.

According to the interviews and F.B.I. records that were acquired by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, from 1993 to 2011, F.B.I. agents shot and killed approximately 70 people, and wounded around 80 others.

No agent was found to be wrong for firing their weapon in any incident, including one that resulted in the bureau paying $1.3 million to a victim who was wrongly identified as a bank robber.

“The F.B.I. takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents, and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally,” a bureau spokesman said, adding that the last two years have followed the same pattern, with no findings of improper intentional shootings since 2011.

Independent analysis of the shootings has been deemed impossible, due to the fact that in almost every case the F.B.I.’s internal investigation was the only official inquiry held.

The report follows last month's controversial killing of a Chechen man in Orlando, who was connected to the Boston Marathon bombings . The investigation is ongoing, but has been surrounded by several conflicting reports where agents told media outlets the man threatened them with a knife, broomstick or pipe, after which the bureau admitted that he was unarmed after all.