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The Council of American Islamic Relations in Florida has called an inquiry into the shooting death of Ibragim Todashev.

Ibragim Todashev was shot and killed in Orlando last week, as the FBI was questioning him based on his alleged ties to Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

READ: FBI Kills Ibragim Todashev During Questioning on Friendship with Tamerlan Tsarnaev (ILLUME)

 

According to the FBI, Todashev had turned violent during the course of questioning, leading the FBI to resort to excessive force.

But how excessive can they really be, with their use of force?

Todashev's family is saying that the use of force was unwarranted and excessive. CAIR is saying that there are too many questions-- and not enough answers.

Reniya Manukyna, Todashev's widow, spoke out at a press conference on May 29, 2013.

She addressed the press, seated with CAIR Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly.

“Our call for an independent investigation of this disturbing incident is not just about the victim and his family, but is also about constitutional rights and the rule of law,” said CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly.

READ: Friends Say More to FBI's Killing of Ibragim Todashev Than Meets The Eye (ILLUME)

Todashev was shot on May 22, in the early morning hours. Little is known about the circumstances, but according to The Atlantic, at least three law enforcement personnel were present.

The questioning didn't revolve around the Boston Bombings. Rather, the focus of the questioning revolved around a triple homicide in a drug-related case several years earlier.

According to a quote from one of the FBI agents, Todashev confessed to the 2011 triple murder. Shortly after he confessed, the agent claimed that Todashev "went off the deep end." FBI agents allege that he lunged at them with a knife.

But was there really a knife? Or did the FBI shoot an unarmed man?

Now, sources are saying that Todashev was "lunging for a sword" but wasn't in actual possession of one.

Does this justify the use of excessive force? Excessive force, when used by trained officers, is only acceptable if the use of force will prevent imminent harm.

In the case of an unarmed suspect, the use of force must be justified in light of the threat presented by the individual.

This is further complicated with the fact that Florida is a state with stand-your-ground laws, which justify the killing of one by another if there was an imminent threat posed by the victim.  Florida, with its stand-your-ground laws, as evidenced in the Trayvon Martin death last year, is a state that supports the use of excessive force in self defense. In that case, an unarmed Trayvon Martin was shot by a neighbor, George Zimmerman, who was intially entitled to immunity  under the law, as he claimed that Martin was about to attack him.

But like Martin's case, how imminent was the threat posed by Todashev?

Sources who were inside the apartment claim that the sword was moved to the other side of the room prior to the onset of questioning.

There is still very little information available about the circumstances of Todashev's death.

CAIR's Shibly told ILLUME that they had a "trusted source" claiming that Todashev was shot once in the head and several times near the heart. But CAIR isn't making any accusations just yet-- rather, Shibly told ILLUME that he is focused on getting the necessary answers.

"Was the victim given access to an attorney during his questioning?" Shibly asked. For CAIR, the next steps will involve filing a formal complaint with the Department of Justice.

Two days after his death, Ibragim Todashev's father, Abdul-Baki Todashev, spoke out:

"My son was in full cooperation with the F.B.I. but they just murdered him after an almost 8-hour-long questioning. Before this trouble I thought America was a free democratic country, where unlike in Russia, laws worked. I was deeply mistaken--now I think Russia is a golden place compared to the United States. My attitude for America flipped 180 degrees in one minute."

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