Flashback: ‘No Good Reason’ For Shooting Babbitt; Cop Not Charged

  • More than 500 pages of internal documents from D.C. Metropolitan Police concerning the fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt in the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, reveal witness accounts stating she was not holding a weapon at the time of her death and how “upset” the officer was after shooting her.
  • “These previously secret records show there was no good reason to shoot and kill Ashli Babbitt,” stated Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, which obtained the documents through a May 2021 FOIA lawsuit.
  • Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was shot and killed during the storming of the Capitol by a bullet fired by Capitol Police officer ​​Lt. Michael Byrd.
  • The documents from the D.C. Metropolitan Police department show that witnesses did not see Babbitt holding a weapon prior to her being shot, and reveal conflicting accounts of whether Byrd verbally warned Babbitt before shooting her.
  • Byrd was never prosecuted for killing Babbitt.
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