Case closed: The officer who killed Ashli Babbitt amid the U.S. Capitol riots will NOT be charged.
- DoJ ruled there is “insufficient evidence” to charge the cop who shot dead Ashli Babbitt in the Capitol attack.
- The department claims the officer acted accordingly to the tense situation.
- Babbitt, a 14-year-veteran who served with the U.S. Air Force, was one of the five victims of the raid.
Ashli Babbitt, a 14-year-veteran who served with the U.S. Air Force, was shot dead by a police officer in January when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Three months later, the Department of Justice(DoJ) ruled the killing as lawful, UNILAD reports.
On January 6, a crowd of outraged supporters of former president Donald Trump invaded Washington DC’s Capitol. The chaos led to several deaths, including the one of Babbitt, who was murdered by a law enforcement agent.
BREAKING: Family confirms woman shot & killed at Capitol is Ashli Babbit. She owned a business in San Diego w/ her huband who did not come to DC. “I really dont know why she decided to do this,” her mother-in-law tells me. Police have not confirmed circumstances of shooting pic.twitter.com/OOYpNWpMLg
— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) January 7, 2021
The 35-year-old Air Force veteran died while trying to enter the House chamber, where Congress members and lawmakers were being evacuated. As Babbitt was attempting to get inside through a broken window in the door, she was shot in the shoulder and thrown back onto the floor.
The DoJ concluded that there is “insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”
As per The Daily Beast, despite footage showing the killing and statements from witnesses describing the harrowing scene, the justice department decided the officer responsible for Babbitt’s death should be free of charge.
According to the DoJ, the officer reacted properly, considering the tense situation. They said in a statement:
“Acknowledging the tragic loss of life and offering condolences to Ms. Babbitt’s family, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Department of Justice have therefore closed the investigation into this matter.”
Ashli Babbitt was one of the five victims who lost their lives during the Capitol raid.