According to the reports, Todashev was in the process of writing a confession to the Waltham homicides when for no apparent reason, he ‘flipped out’ and propelled a coffee table into the air, striking the agent on the back of his head. He then ran to the kitchen area of his apartment and armed himself with a red pole/broom handle.
Curtis Cinelli, a 42 year old State Trooper assigned to the Massachusetts Violent Fugitive Apprehension Unit who was also present during the incident, said he thought he was about to be impaled and was in fear for his life. The unnamed agent then shot Todashev several times resulting in his death.
McFarlane first came to the attention of others when he testified in the now infamous ‘Riders’ case of 2003.
Aaron McFarlane testified in defense of Clarence Mabanag, stating that he had always taught him how to write accurate police reports. However, under cross-examination it was alleged that McFarlane had falsified his own reports at the request of the group’s leader. Prosecutor David Hollister presented McFarlane with the reports in court, which appeared to contradict his earlier testimony.
After an uncomfortable exchange between the two, Aaron McFarlane went from defending Mabanag, his former field training officer, to invoking his Constitutional right to remain silent.
Jurors failed to reach a verdict on the majority of the charges against the three and they were tried a second time, with a similar result. After five years and two mis-trials, District Attorney Tom Orloff said that although he was ‘convinced of their guilt’ he would dismiss the charges as he did not believe a jury would convict them.
McFarlane was never charged in connection with falsifying police reports or for potentially telling untruths on the witness stand.
The plaintiff alleged he was beaten, kicked and punched around the body, suffering injuries to his shoulder, arm, knee and neck. He claimed he was then falsely arrested by McFarlane and Nowak.
The case was eventually dismissed when the City of Oakland Police Department paid Robert Girard a $10, 000 settlement.
Neither McFarlane or Nowak faced charges over the incident, even though Nowak had a long record of police brutality suits filed against him. In fact, as of 2004, Oakland PD had paid out just under seven-million dollars in relation to suits specifically naming Nowak as a defendant.
Aaron McFarlane retired from Oakland PD in 2004, on a pension of $50,450,76. He had served at the Department for just four years.
It must be acknowledged that the allegations leveled at McFarlane all relate to incidents that occurred a considerable amount of time ago, prior to him becoming an FBI agent. Other than the questionable circumstances surrounding the death of Ibragim Todashev, it is not known if Aaron McFarlane has ever been involved in any other incident.
If left up to the FBI, its not likely to be known either. They didn’t even want the public to know his name.