The following article, Officer Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Will Not Face Any Discipline, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Of all of the imagery our nation was subjected to on January 6th, 2021, perhaps none was as stark and brutal as the death of Ashli Babbit, captured on camera.
Babbitt was climbing through a barricaded area of the Capitol, just feet from where Congressional legislators were hiding out after a mob chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” entered the building. As the former US service member began to cross through a shattered window and into this restricted space, she was shot and killed by Capitol Police.
Now, after an internal review, the officer responsible for Babbitt’s death has been exonerated.
“After interviewing multiple witnesses and reviewing all the available evidence, including video and radio calls, the United States Capitol Police has completed the internal investigation into the fatal shooting of Ms. Ashli Babbitt, which occurred in the Speaker’s Lobby on January 6,” the department said in a statement.
“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 officer, who is not being named to protect the officer’s safety, will not face disciplinary action from the department.
The decision isn’t likely to sit well with the MAGA Movement, who’ve long suggested that Babbitt’s death was unnecessary and possibly a criminal act.
The Justice Department has similarly decided not to pursue charges against the officer.
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