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What? Antifa anarchists confront ‘Justice for Ashli Babbitt’ rallygoers: ‘She shoulda followed the law’

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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.

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.

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Taylor was shot and killed during a raid in which police were reportedly acting on outdated information.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.

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.

Jon Dougherty

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