According to Capitol Police, the officer responsible for the death of protestor Ashli Babbitt was placed on administrative leave, investigated, and formally cleared.
The Capitol Police’s Office of Personal Responsibility released a statement exonerating the anonymous officer and officially closing the investigation. On January 6th, Babbitt, who was a 35-year-old California native and Air Force Veteran, was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer while demonstrating within the building.
Her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit for $10 million, as FBA reported in August, “The officer, whose name has not been released, has been cleared of criminal charges by the Department of Justice. Terry Roberts, the lawyer acting on behalf of the Babbitt family, claims she was ‘ambushed’ by the officer, and the officer did not issue a warning before firing the fatal shot.”
Prior to the family’s lawsuit, a Capitol Police investigation cleared the officer in February. At the time, the investigation similarly claimed that the officer used clear, appropriate use of force. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia oversaw the investigation.
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