It was five months ago today that at least five and upwards of eight to ten law enforcement officers crowded into the Orlando apartment of Ibragim Todashev who was scheduled to leave the country the next day to return to his homeland to question him about his relationship with Tamerlan Tsarnaev and also about the triple homicide that occurred in the Waltham apartment of Brendan Mess. We know that was part of the discussion because of the presence of Massachusetts State troopers. Also present were a certain number of local Florida police.
As you can see, the most fundamental fact, the number of officers present in the apartment is left to speculation.
What is truly amazing, at least to me, is the capability of the FBI to muzzle both the Massachusetts and Florida authorities. An unarmed man is killed in Florida having been shot at least six times both in the head and the body and Florida does nothing about it. It won’t even release the autopsy report under the pretense the matter is under investigation. It actually is not. The investigation, whatever it consisted of stopped a while ago. I read the other day it is now being reviewed by others.
It was on May 30, 2013, that the Washington Post editorialized: “the last thing the U.S. government needs to do is fuel wild conspiracy theories by releasing too little information or investigating too slowly. The Obama administration must move heaven and earth to get to the bottom of what happened and make it public — quickly.”
The Post went on: “Even if the world weren’t watching, the case would warrant exceptional attention. Mr. Todashev had had run-ins with law enforcement before last week, and his possible involvement in a gruesome triple murder is chilling. FBI agents may very well have had reason to worry about him. But if so, did they really leave a samurai sword in the room during questioning? Did they really leave only one person with Mr. Todashev? If neither of those accounts holds up, how else could the shooting be justified?”
All I can say is that the word “quickly” means one thing to us but to the Obama Administration, the FBI and those folks in the District of Colombia it means something else. As to how else could the shooting be justified, it is just taking some time to figure that out. Apparently the location of the bullets give a different story than the tales of the cops with the guns.
By the way have you noticed how many people are being shot by cops lately. Yesterday I read that a police officer shot a man in the stomach because “he was lunging at him with a knife.” Unfortunately for the cop, a neighbor made a video of the incident. The guy was standing with his hands at his side a good 15 yards from the cop when he was fired at. The cop’s lawyer said the video doesn’t tell the whole story.
I’m beginning to think that too many of the newer cops grew up playing those video games where they were always shooting people to gain points. Or, maybe it is our fascination with sending guys and gals off to other countries to shoot the natives over there. One thing good about our drones, those guys and gals addicted to zapping people on computers can now sit in an air-conditioned office building in the US and wipe out innocent people on the other side of the world.
The peril we face is our local police forces armed with military styled weapons who feel they can follow the FBI’s lead and cover-up their killings. Are you aware of the “Pentagon program [which] has been quietly militarizing American police forces for years. A total of $4.2bn worth of equipment has been distributed by the Defense Department to municipal law enforcement agencies, with a record $546m in 2012 alone.”
Small county police forces are receiving 20-ton, heavily armored 2008 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicles. Some cities like Quincy which has four boats also receive them through the military program. In a country that was founded upon the idea that we should not have a standing army, that we now have police forces that are indistinguishable from the army should be worrisome.