Members of the anarchist group Antifa clashed with attendees at a rally for Jan. 6 protester Ashli Babbitt in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, incidents which came with a hefty dose of irony.
The “Justice for Ashli Babbitt” rally, which began around noon, overlapped with another for Breonna Taylor, a black Louisville, Ky., EMT who was mistakenly shot and killed by police during a drug raid in March 2020. The latter event began around 10 a.m., KCRA3 reported.
Babbitt, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by an as-yet unidentified Capitol police officer as she tried to climb through the broken window of a door that led into an anteroom outside the House chamber.
At one point during a confrontation between Antifa and personnel wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the word “Staff,” an Antifa member can be seen holding a sign that said, “She Shoulda Followed The Law” — likely a reference to Babbitt for her role in the Capitol protest.
#Sacramento State Capitol
Rally for Justice
Police form a line between #Antifa and the Right as tensions rise.
— The Daily Sneed ™ ➐ (@Tr00peRR) June 5, 2021
Several social media users found that cynical, given Antifa protesters’ roles over the past year taking part in violent protests resulting in injuries to hundreds of police officers and death to dozens of other people.
My favorite is the anarchist holding a sign reading, “She should have followed the law!”
— Trevor Conn (@tsconn23) June 5, 2021
Antifa holding a “should’ve followed the law” sign was the strangest thing I’ve seen in 2021. Cant wait to see it topped
— TheCryptoFool (@TheCryptoFool1) June 6, 2021
It doesn’t get much funnier than seeing Antifa holding this sign. pic.twitter.com/Ro2TyGzd9B
— Del Geiger (@Smolenski2002) June 5, 2021
I’ve noticed Antifa doesn’t pull that crap in the southern states. Why is that?
— Sea Vee (@seavee72) June 5, 2021
Wait what? They are anarchists. In theory they should be supportive of her. She was shot by police/government. Not that I support any of their nonsense. We need our government/police to stop this. Come on politicians, do your job! Someone please
— Sparta’s Foot (@SpartasFoot) June 5, 2021
Omg 3rd boob goes right to the police whining for help, but I thought they want to DEFUND the police 👮🏻♀️ Things that makes you go hmm.
— janetmorris1 (@Janetmorris1) June 5, 2021
— Kurt Weinschenker (@KurtBW_News) June 5, 2021
Sooooooo, the so called antifa support police now????
— Spidelicious (@SuperTrooperMP) June 5, 2021
To many Americans, both incidents were unfortunate.
Taylor was shot and killed during a raid in which police were reportedly acting on outdated information. But during the raid they were fired upon first by Taylor’s boyfriend, who claimed that he thought a home invasion was occurring. One officer, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, was struck in the thigh, and later told ABC News he and his fellow officers were forbidden from discussing the facts of the case for months, which he says led to false narratives that the incident was race-related.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) October 8, 2020
Within months of Taylor’s death, the Louisville Police Department fired Officer Brett Hankison, one of three who discharged their weapons the night she was killed. Another officer who discharged his weapon, Myles Cosgrove, was also fired. Hankison was eventually charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, but his trial has been pushed back until 2022. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.
As for Babbitt, several lawmakers have criticized the manner in which she was shot and killed, noting that she was unarmed. Her family is reportedly considering filing suit against the Capitol Police department alleging wrongful death. Last week, legal watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain more information about her autopsy and information related to her death.
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