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Capitol police officer who killed Ashli Babbitt claims he ‘saved countless lives’

The Capitol Police officer responsible for the death of protestor Ashli Babbitt came forward to reveal his identity after he was formally cleared.

Lt. Michael Byrd made a debut interview with NBC’s Lester Holt. The officer claimed, “I know that day I saved countless lives,” he told Holt. “I know members of Congress, as well as my fellow officers and staff, were in jeopardy and in serious danger. And that’s my job.” He went on to suggest shooting Babbitt was a last resort as Capitol Police attempted to prevent demonstrators from entering the building.

After the incident, Byrd 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. 

ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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