The unnamed Capitol Police officer who shot and killed protester Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6 has been formally exonerated following an internal investigation and the matter has been dismissed.
NBC News is reporting that they have obtained a memo verifying the clearing of the officer involved. His identity has still not been revealed. The memo is from the commander of the Capitol Police’s Office of Personal Responsibility. It states, “no further action will be taken in this matter.”
The officer shot Babbitt as she attempted to climb through a broken window into an interior chamber of the Capitol. He was off to the side as she started to come through. Babbitt, 35, was the only person reportedly killed that day.
In April, the Justice Department announced that the officer involved would not be charged in her killing. The exoneration of the officer was the last step in the investigation and he is now officially cleared of any wrongdoing according to the government.
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The ruling will not sit well with many Americans who watched the video of the shooting. Many contend the shooting was unjustified and they are enraged that the officer’s identity was never released in the matter. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has branded Babbitt’s death as “an execution,” and he has accused the officer who shot her of “lying in wait” to do so.
Babbitt was unarmed when she was shot and killed. She was a decorated Air Force veteran who served in multiple Middle East tours from 2004 to 2016.
She was also a staunch supporter of former President Trump and a conservative activist who has been endlessly smeared and vilified in the media and public square following her tragic death.
The Justice Department released a statement in April that asserted the investigation had not found any evidence that the officer in question had violated any federal laws and there was nothing that contradicted his belief that it was necessary to shoot Babbitt “in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber.”
“Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy,” and “based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,” the statement concluded.
Babbitt’s family is suing for the identity of the officer to be publicly released but so far that effort has not borne fruit. They are also filing a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit, claiming the officer didn’t issue a verbal command according to the Washington Examiner. The officer’s attorney claims he gave multiple verbal commands but they were inaudible on the video because he was wearing a mask. That begs the question then whether Babbitt could hear them either if he did indeed issue them.
Former President Trump has called for the identity of the officer to be released. Trump claims he is “head of security” for a “high-ranking” Democratic member of Congress. The media is claiming that is untrue but there has been no solid proof to date to negate Trump’s claim.
“I spoke to the wonderful mother and devoted husband of Ashli Babbitt, who was murdered at the hands of someone who should never have pulled the trigger of his gun. We know who he is,” he declared.
“If that happened to the ‘other side,’ there would be riots all over America and yet, there are far more people represented by Ashli, who truly loved America, than there are on the other side. The Radical Left haters cannot be allowed to get away with this. There must be justice!” Trump proclaimed.
The statement by the former president was released shortly after the attorney representing Babbitt’s family told investigative journalist Paul Sperry that the officer who killed her had not provided any verbal warnings before opening fire on her resulting in Babbitt’s death.
“It’s not debatable. There was no warning. I would call what he did an ambush. I don’t think he’s a good officer. I think he’s reckless,” attorney Terrell N. Roberts III, who specializes in police misconduct cases, asserted.
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Americans are still demanding answers over the shooting of Ashli Babbitt:
We know the name of the cop who killed George Floyd but why are we not allowed to know the name of the cop who killed Ashli Babbitt?
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) August 21, 2021
Looks like the shooter has long sleeve white shirt on and a suit coat🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️. Looks odd. And why hasn’t shooters name been released??
— Stephanie Faryniak (@Stephfaryniak01) August 21, 2021
Somebody got paid off and the check has cleared!
— BasiaBAA (@BasiaPsonak) August 20, 2021
As far as I know they’ve never even publicly identified the shooter, but we know every officer’s name from every blm riot and arson party last year…
Something’s not right here.
— That One Skunk Beer 🥃🦞🤿 (@Explorasium) August 20, 2021
— Renie Juliano (@chocchicy) August 20, 2021
I’ve never seen so many hateful people celebrating the death of another human. Divided we fall.
— Brian Williams (@SpyPhotographer) August 21, 2021
It’s disgusting how people are applauding a loss of life. Shocking considering everything we saw last year. I guess one life is worth more than the other huh.
— Jillian Wales (@meomy8038) August 21, 2021
BLM burned down a Minneapolis police station and set cops cars on fire. This is what you call an insurrection but the FBI didn’t investigate this or arrest anyone. Ashli Babbitt was murdered for being at the Capitol and others went to jail for just being there. pic.twitter.com/IEhNt72Tan
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) August 21, 2021
Ashli Babbitt should be trending everyday until her family is brought justice.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) August 21, 2021
Someone please explain to me how a 200+ pound man hiding in the shadows like a coward, was justified to use deadly force, asserting his life was in immediate danger, from an unarmed 100 pound woman who didn’t even know he was there. #AshliBabbitt
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) August 20, 2021
It's Not Over. It's Just Beginning!
We Are Not Going Away#JusticeForAshli
— Justice For Ashli Babbitt (@ForAshli) August 21, 2021
President Donald J. Trump:
"I spoke to the wonderful mother and devoted husband of Ashli Babbitt, who was murdered at the hands of someone who should never have pulled the trigger of his gun. We know who he is. pic.twitter.com/T5Camhfzmi
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) August 11, 2021
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