Muslim civil rights group to publish results of independent investigation
(7/15/2013) – CAIR-Florida welcomed news it received today from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division that its Criminal Section, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida, is coordinating a federal inquiry into the shooting of Ibragim Todashev by an FBI agent in Orlando after hours of interrogation in his home.
The Criminal Section and the U.S. Attorney's Office are responsible for reviewing, investigating and prosecuting criminal conduct by law enforcement involving the willful deprivation of civil rights, including allegations of excessive force by law enforcement.
In a letter to Assistant Attorney General Perez, CAIR-FL Civil Rights Director Thania Diaz Clevenger wrote in part:
“The purpose of this letter is to call for an independent, thorough and transparent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division into the FBI's shooting of Ibrahim Todashev after several hours of interrogation at his home on May 21, 2013. We further request a rigorous review of DOJ's policies and procedures related to the use of force against unarmed civilians, in addition to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) interrogations of Muslims at their homes.”
“We welcome this federal inquiry as a first step to help provide answers to the family of Mr. Todashev and to ensure that our law enforcement officials are abiding by the highest standards,” said CAIR-Florida Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly, Esq.
CAIR-Florida is representing the Todashev family and is leading a separate independent investigation into his killing. The results of CAIR-FL's investigation are expected to be made public in coming weeks.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Tampa Executive Director, Hassan Shibly, Esq., 813-541-4321, email@example.com