FBI Shooter in Marathon case had Lousy Record as Cop

keep-calm-and-carry-a-fbi-badgeIbragim Todashev, a buddy of Boston Marathon bomber and certified Islamic crazy Tamerlan “Speedbump” Tsarnayev, was shot dead by FBI Agent Aaron McFarlane, 41, in Orlando. The Bureau immediately ruled it a good shooting, then investigated and confirmed their initial decision.

But before he swore an oath as a Special Agent, Aaron McFarlane had a terrible record as an Oakland, CA cop. Reason reports:

The Globe reports that while in Oakland, McFarlane was the target of two police brutality lawsuits (costing Oakland at least $32,500 in settlements), four internal affairs investigations, and once plead the Fifth during a police corruption trial in which prosecutors accused him of falsifying police reports. All this, mind you, in four years. McFarlane went on to collect a $52,000 a year pension after “retiring” ten years ago at 31.

He was hired by the FBI five years ago, but continues to collect a pension, which he is promised for life. McFarlane was employed with the Oakland Police Department while it was embroiled in the largest corruption scandal in its history, one which cost the city $10 million and for which the department is still under federal oversight. He is the son of a former police officer.

When Oakland pays their police officers a higher pension than the median household income in the U.S., it shouldn’t be surprising they’re in a fiscal mess. Occupy Oakland has spent the last few years instead blaming capitalism for the city’s problems.

They’re citing this article in the Boston Globe, a paper that’s probably interested because McFarlane is an agent in the Boston field office. The article contains several other bombshells, including that McFarlane took the Fifth in a corruption investigation in Oakland.

Sure, it’s his right to take the fifth, and no one is supposed to draw any inferences from that.

Like the inference that, “This guy might not be an ideal candidate for the job of Special Agent of the FBI.” They sure didn’t draw that inference. Or the inference that he had something to hide. Or the inference that public servants ought to be concerned aboutĀ appearingĀ to have integrity at all times and in all places.

You have to wonder how many other FBI SA’s have so little integrity that they’re riding a disability from some other cop job.

7 thoughts on “FBI Shooter in Marathon case had Lousy Record as Cop

  1. Kirk

    The hiring standards for law enforcement are scary. The worst one I ever saw was a guy we discharged back in the 1980s for various and sundry good reasons, not the least of which was his membership in certain white-supremacist organizations. About a year after his less-than-honorable discharge, we got a letter from the LAPD asking the commander for references–Apparently, this guy had the balls to list us as a reference. The commander shot back a letter detailing how this young man had fully earned his less-than-honorable characterization, and listed the number of disciplinary actions he’d had taken against him while under us. We also sent a copy of his discharge packet, which included evidence of his membership in the white supremacist organization, along with a bunch of copies of the Polaroid pictures we’d used as evidence, showing the Nazi regalia he’d put up in his room, pictures taken of him at meetings, the whole nine yards.

    About nine months later, after I left the unit, my buddy the ops NCO got an invitation to this asshole’s graduation ceremony from the LAPD academy.

    So, yeah… I wasn’t too terribly surprised about the whole Rodney King thing happening.

      1. Kirk

        Regardless of what Rodney King got for treatment, which I’d honestly have to appraise as deserved, the incident is what lit off decades of resentment and abuses by the LAPD on the black community–Which I’ve observed first-hand, BTW. Any other department, and the whole Rodney King thing would have been a literal bump in the road. As it was, it turned into the straw that broke the camel’s back. And, mostly because the LAPD had pretty much expended all the credit they had due them via hiring assholes like our little racist f**kwad. Who, oh-by-the-way, I’ve been informed cost the department close to a million dollars in brutality-related misconduct lawsuits during the late 1990s. I honestly didn’t care about this guy that much, but I connected with my old friend who had kept track of him, and was told this. It’s amazing how little impact something like a less-than-honorable or even a dishonorable discharge can have.

        My same friend was just over at the VA about a month ago, and who did he find in line ahead of him, for treatment for “PTSD-related TBI issues”? The same troop he’d court-martialed and gotten a dishonorable discharge for dereliction of duty before they deployed. The little shit never left CONUS, and he’s apparently managed to get his discharge upgraded, and is now drawing disability money and medical benefits from the VA.

        After he rubbed my friend’s face in this, I’d have to say we’re probably lucky there wasn’t a report on the news about him being murdered right there in the waiting room. Amazing, ain’t it?

        1. Hognose Post author

          And that’s the giant Harvey the Rabbit in the VA situation that nobody talks about — the infestation of the system by posers and phonies and never-was’s like your LAPD jitbag buddy.

          There are lawyers that specialize in getting a DD or BCD lifted, somehow.

  2. Samuel Leoon Suggs

    They really couldn’t declare it any other way; the media never would have considered accepting anything other than a linear “good guy, bad guy” narative. Bad fiction tends to run along with the expectations of it audience.

  3. StukaPilot

    i recall WM did an earlier post on this episode. I said at the time, based on info at the Left-populist site Counterpunch, that the FBI version if this episode had large issues. This is why Snowden will not be returning to the ‘Kwa any time soon: too much danger of being “interrogated” via a bullet to the back of the head, or “slipping and falling” out of a helicopter 2,000 in the air

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