“Few times have we hated so, and so united in our hate.”
Julio Muriente — University professor and co-leader of the Hostosiano Movement
“We have every reason to believe the agents acted properly.”
On September 23 2005, Filiberto Ojeda Ríos was shot and killed by FBI agents during his sleep, after they entered the house where he was living in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. The FBI operation was questioned by local Puerto Rican authorities as well as international organizations. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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In response to questions raised in media accounts and by public officials in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FBI Director Robert Mueller requested an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice.
The resulting report concluded that the FBI agents use of force in the Ojeda operation did not violate the Department of Justice “Deadly Force Policy” and that Ojeda Ríos had initiated the exchange of gunfire.
In clearing the FBI, the report found that Rios “clearly posed a threat to the agents” and was shot only after refusing to surrender when he was seen aiming a pistol at an agent.
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Civil Rights Commission subsequently conducted its own investigation of the incident and issued a report on September 22 2011 wherein the Commission called Ojeda Ríos’s death an “illegal killing”.
In Popular Culture
The hip hop musical group Calle 13 wrote the song Querido FBI (Dear FBI), to protest the manner of Ojeda Ríos’s death.
Filiberto Ojeda Ríos Assassinated by the FBI
Filiberto Ojeda Ríos — Wikipedia
The Killing of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos — The Nation
On This Day — Puerto Rican pro-independence movement Assassinated by the FBI Agents (Sept. 23, 2005) [Filiberto Ojeda Ríos]
On This Day — Puerto Rican Pro-Independence Movement Leader Assassinated by FBI Agents (September 23, 2005) [Filiberto Ojeda Ríos]