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ACLU Asks For Probes Into Shooting Of Chechen

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Ibragim Todashev.  (Photo courtesy: Orange County, Fla. PD)

Ibragim Todashev. (Photo courtesy: Orange County, Fla. PD)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking state investigative agencies in Florida and Massachusetts to launch probes into the death of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The ACLU in Massachusetts and Florida on Monday called on Massachusetts’ attorney general and the Florida Law Department of Law Enforcement to open investigations into the roles of Massachusetts state troopers and Orlando police officers in Ibragim Todashev’s death.

Todashev was killed in May while being questioned by FBI agents, Massachusetts state troopers and others.

Officials originally said Todashev had lunged at an FBI agent with a knife. They later backtracked and said it was no longer clear what happened.

An investigation is being led by the FBI.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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