The police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol won’t face federal criminal charges in connection with her death, the Justice Department said in April.
Federal prosecutors examined video footage on social media, interviewed the officer and other witnesses, gathered evidence from the scene and studied autopsy results, officials said.
“Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,” the Justice Department said in a statement announcing the closure of its probe.
So despite the officer executing an unarmed protestor with other officer directly behind and in the line of fire they didn’t find enough evidence???
President Donald Trump on Thursday joined in calling for the identity of the law enforcement officer who shot and killed Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt
“Who shot Ashli Babbitt?” Trump said in a statement on Thursday, hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her appointments to a committee to probe the attack.
Footage From Inside the capitol shows the officer that shot Babbitt was itching to shoot.
While most cowardly Republicans have been silent and are happy to allow the injustice to go unavenged, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has led the charge calling for Babbitt’s killer to be exposed and face repercussions for his heinous actions.
Some have speculated the shooter may be Capitol Police Lieutenant Michael Leroy Byrd.
After leaving his firearm unattended in the bathroom previously, he said he “will be treated differently” because of his rank as a lieutenant.
A U.S. Capitol Police lieutenant left his service weapon in a bathroom Monday night and the unattended gun was discovered later by another Capitol Police officer.
After the House adjourned on Monday, Lt. Mike Byrd left his Glock 22 in a bathroom in the Capitol Visitor Center complex, according to sources familiar with the incident. Byrd is the commander of the House Chambers section of the Capitol Police and was on the job Tuesday and Wednesday.
Byrd addressed the incident at Tuesday morning’s officer roll call and, according to sources, told fellow officers that he “will be treated differently” because of his rank as a lieutenant. It was not clear what exactly the lieutenant meant by the comment.
An eyewitness of the shooting said Babbitt was shot by a “Man in a suit”
As she had both feet in the windowsill, her hands were on the sides of the window, a man inside, not a uniform, he had a suit on, fired one shot, hitting her up in this region somewhere [indicates to neck]. She fell out of the window. The police that were there would not let me assist. I am trained in emergency medical services. They would not let me assist… They pushed me out of the way, and I stood there and I watched this young woman die.
The man suggested that the woman was not shot by DC Police as initially reported, but may have been shot by “internal security.”
Here are videos of the shooting. The video may not be suitable for all viewers.
Will we ever discover the full story of how and why Ashli Babbitt was murdered?