Abdulbaki Todashev, the father of a Chechen man shot by FBI agents in Orlando earlier this year, met with Orange-Osceola State Attorney Jeff Ashton to discuss the circumstances surrounding his son's death.
Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot and killed by federal agents in his Orlando apartment in May after hours of questioning about his connection to the Boston Marathon bombers and a double murder committed in the Boston area. Ashton has said he will investigate the Todashev's death.
The father did not speak to reporters after the meeting, but his lawyer, Eric Ludin, described the meeting as "nice."
"Mr. Ashton pledged his condolences, or offered his condolences, to Mr. Todashev but also pledged his interest in doing a complete and thorough investigation," said Ludin. "We were very satisfied with our meeting today and very pleased, because we have full confidence that Mr. Ashton will do exactly what he promises."
We asked Ludin about Ashton's ability to do that complete and thorough investigation, given the fact that he will be taking on the FBI, a federal agency. Ludin acknowledged that it will be difficult.
"We're aware of the record of FBI investigations that find that there's no fault on the part of the FBI agent. I think the statistics are 100 percent and Mr. Ashton is aware of that. He understands his responsibility to do the right thing in this case."
The FBI is not commenting on the ongoing investigation, but spokesman Special Agent Jason Pack, sent us the following email to explain:
The FBI continues to conduct a review of the May 22, 2013 shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, which occurred at Todashev's residence, at 6022 Peregrine Avenue, Orlando, Florida.
The FBI's shooting incident review has interviewed witnesses and gathered information regarding the shooting incident for presentation to a Shooting Incident Review Group (SIRG), which consists of members from the FBI and the Department of Justice.
The SIRG examines all of the information and determines the reasonableness of the application of deadly force in accordance with the Department of Justice's deadly force policy and the law. To my knowledge, the SIRG hasn't met since the incident occurred.
While this internal review process is occurring, we cannot comment regarding investigative details. The SIRG meets approximately every quarter to review pending incidents before an official ruling is made.
The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incident. Both the FBI and the United States Department of Justice have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them independently to arrive at the facts. The review process is thorough and objective and conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.
Before Mr. Todashev returns to his native Russia, he plans to meet with the U.S. Attorney's Office as well to explore charges on the FBI officers for violating his son's civil rights.
State Attorney Jeff Ashton sent out a statement about his meeting with Mr. Todashev promising that full investigation and offering his condolences, but Ashton would not commit to a time frame to complete that investigation.