FBI Says Every FBI Shooting, 1993-2011, was 'Justified'

| by Michael Allen
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FBI agents fatally shot 70 people and wounded 80 others between the years of 1993 and 2011, but every FBI internal investigation deemed every shooting "justified," according to the FBI's own files.

One of the shootings included a victim, who had been wrongly identified as bank robber and was paid $1.3 million by the U.S. government.

The FBI records were obtained by the New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

When asked about the immaculate record that the FBI had given itself, a FBI spokesman said: “The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents, and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally."

Samuel Walker, a criminal justice professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said the FBI’s number of admitted mistakes is “suspiciously low.”

FBI records also show that FBI agents were disciplined in at least five cases since 1993 for “bad shoots" that did not conform to FBI policy.

In one case, police pulled over a car in Maryland thought to be carrying a bank robber. FBI agents surrounded the car and shouted “show me your hands.”

The 20-year-old innocent, unarmed driver, reached down at his face and was shot in the jaw. That was the man who settled his lawsuit with the U.S. government for $1.3 million. Before the case was settled, however, independent investigators found that FBI agents had written different accounts of the incident.

Source: New York Times