FBI Probing Killing of 2 Samoans by Officer

The FBI has launched an investigation into the shooting deaths of two unarmed Samoan brothers by a Compton police officer, officials announced.

The federal agency began the investigation last Tuesday, the same day that more than 400 protesters marched around the Compton police station and City Hall, demanding a criminal investigation of the month-old incident.

The Feb. 12 shooting deaths of Pouvi Tualaulelei, 34, and his brother, Italia Tualaulelei, 22, are also being investigated by the Compton Police Department and the Special Investigations Division of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.


An autopsy report shows that the two dead men sustained 20 bullet wounds, mostly to their backs.

Members of the Samoan community contend that the shootings represent yet another instance of police brutality and discrimination against them.