After the FBI killed a Chechen man during questioning in connection with the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing, an FBI spokesman said: “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.”
From The New York Times:
But if such internal investigations are time-tested, their outcomes are also predictable: from 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 “subjects” and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified, according to interviews and internal F.B.I. records obtained by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Imagine that. A law enforcement agency that investigates itself and then routinely gives itself a clean bill of health. Sound familiar?
But, of course, we’re talking about the FBI here, not some sleazy little rinky-dink department like the NYPD, LAPD or any number of other PDs that regularly clear themselves of wrong doing. The FBI has a reputation for excellence, right?
Well, not really. Shoddy and tainted work was uncovered in their their world famous crime lab, possibly affecting hundreds of cases beginning in the 1990s. Even after the problems were exposed, the FBI did a terrible job of investigating the mess and notifying those who might have been victimized by their junk science, contaminated evidence, and corrupt practices.
Just more proof that law enforcement agencies, because they lack effective oversight, also often lack integrity.