The Capitol Police officer who shot and killed veteran Ashli Babbitt during the January 6th Capitol riot is off the hook.
The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) department announced on Monday that not only will it not fire the officer who killed Babbitt but it isn’t even going to discipline him.
Babbitt’s killing was “lawful”
In its announcement, the USCP explained why, after its investigation into the incident, it will not be disciplining the officer who killed Babbitt.
“USCP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) determined the officer’s conduct was lawful and within Department policy, which says an officer may use deadly force only when the officer reasonably believes that action is in the defense of human life, including the officer’s own life, or in the defense of any person in immediate danger of serious physical injury,” the USCP wrote.
The USCP went on to claim that the officer’s killing of Babbitt “potentially saved Members and staff from serious injury and possible death from a large crowd of rioters.” It wrote, “USCP Officers had barricaded the Speaker’s Lobby with furniture before a rioter shattered the glass door. If the doors were breached, the rioters would have immediate access to the House Chambers.”
Accordingly, the USCP concluded that “the officer’s actions were consistent with the officer’s training and USCP policies and procedures.”
The unarmed Babbitt was killed as she tried to enter a shattered glass door in the Capitol during the January 6th riot. The officer shot her at point-blank range, and she fell back stunned. She would later die in the hospital.
We still do not know the identity of the officer who shot Babbitt. The USCP says that it is keeping the name of the officer secret for “the officer’s safety.” The USCP adds that “this officer and the officer’s family have been the subject of numerous credible and specific threats.”
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia has already announced that it would not pursue criminal charges in the matter. Babbitt’s family, however, is bringing a civil lawsuit against the USCP. One of the points of contention in the matter is whether the officer warned Babbitt that he was going to shoot her – the officer’s representative claims he did, Babbitt’s claims he didn’t.
The incident has allowed Americans to draw a contrast between how pro-Trump Republicans, like Babbitt, are treated, versus how far-left extremist groups are treated here in America. Former President Trump recently summed it up best.
“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,” Trump said. “The Radical Left haters cannot be allowed to get away with this. There must be justice!”
Unfortunately, so far there hasn’t been justice. Let’s hope that changes. But, it’s not looking likely.