Investigators state that the Capitol police officer who fatally shot a woman during the capitol riots should not be charged with any crimes.
On January 6th, 2021, Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old United States Air Force veteran and avid supporter of former President Trump, was shot at the storming of the United States Capitol. Investigators have now determined the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt during the U.S. Capitol riot should not be charged with any crimes, a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation stated Tuesday.
Many pro-Trump protestors had stormed the United States Capitol building on January 6th, 2021 in an attempt to overturn the election results and prevent the certification of President Biden. This included interrupting congress and claiming Vice President Pence had betrayed them, leading to the evacuation of members of Congress and the former Vice President Pence for their own safety. Most protestors had entered the Capitol through a window they broke near the House Chambers.
As Babbitt tried to climb through the broken window, she was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer who fired at her once. The officer who at this time has not been identified had “used clear appropriate use of force. It’s not even a close call,” according to the officer’s attorney, Mark E. Schamel. As the only thing stopping the protestors was a few broken doors and shattered windows, “I think it’s his heroism and his restraint that saved lives,” Schamel told NBC News.
As the Capitol Police officer is placed onto forced leave which is a “routine, standard procedure whenever an officer deploys lethal force. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is overseeing the investigation,” a Justice Department spokesperson had stated. Before the storming of the United States Capitol, and even before this year, Babbitt had tweeted using Qanon accounts and hashtags, all beginning in 2020. The day before the nation’s Capital was stormed, Babbitt had released a tweet which has since been deleted stating, “Nothing will stop us…they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!” As more news is released regarding this situation we will be sure to keep you updated.
ARTICLE: MICHAEL GODZIC
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NY DAILY NEWS