The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings
WASHINGTON — After contradictory stories emerged about an F.B.I. agent’s killing last month of a Chechen man in Orlando, Fla., who was being questioned over ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the bureau reassured the public that it would clear up the murky episode.
“The F.B.I. takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents, and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally,” a bureau spokesman said.They take these shootings very seriously - right before they rubber-stamp them as "approved". 150 people shot over a 20 year period and every single shoot was a good shoot? I guess it's easy to have a shoot declared "good" when the only investigating agency is ... drumroll, please ... the FBI.
I love this, too:
Current and former F.B.I. officials defended the bureau’s handling of shootings, arguing that the scant findings of improper behavior were attributable to several factors. Agents tend to be older, more experienced and better trained than city police officers. And they generally are involved only in planned operations and tend to go in with “overwhelming presence,” minimizing the chaos that can lead to shooting the wrong people, said Tim Murphy, a former deputy director of the F.B.I. who conducted some investigations of shootings over his 23-year career.Now, maybe the FBI has undergone a sea change since the days when Dad G. interacted with them as a MA State Police officer, but I'll just say that his impression of the FBI is not what one would call favorable. Add to that the whole Whitey Bulger saga, where FBI agents were allowing mob hits to occur while they were with informants, well... There's another aspect, too - a shooting in MD in 2002 resulted in a million dollar settlement to the family of the deceased - and it was ruled a good shoot.
They detail the five (out of nearly 300) shoots that were actually declared bad. None of them involved hitting any suspects. One was a "warning shot"; one was an agent "shooting at a firearm" (???); two were shots fired at fleeing felons that missed their mark; and one was a demonstration where the agent fired at a safe, and the bullet ricocheted and hit bystanders. This is all they're willing to admit to. 5 bad shoots out of 289 incidents, only one of which happened in the last 15 years.
Maybe FBI agents are that good - but Occam's Razor postulates it's far more likely that the police need better policing...
That is all.