The unnamed officer who shot Ashli Babbitt at the Capitol on January 6th has been cleared by the Capitol Police’s internal investigation.
In a Monday press release, the USCP stated the unnamed officer had acted lawfully and per training when he shot and killed the unarmed Babbitt on January 6:
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.
According to the release, the officer’s name will remain anonymous for safety reasons, and he will not “be facing internal discipline.” The officer was commended for potentially saving the U.S. Congress members and their staff from serious bodily harm:
The actions of the officer in this case potentially saved Members and staff from serious injury and possible death from a large crowd of rioters who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol and to the House Chamber, where Members and staff were steps away. 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. The officer’s actions were consistent with the officer’s training and USCP policies and procedures.
On April 14, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced it would not pursue criminal charges based on insufficient evidence. The U.S. Attorney’s Office investigated the case for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department. The administrative investigation was launched after the criminal investigation was closed.
According to the Associated Press, the unarmed Air Force veteran from San Diego, 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed while attempting to climb through a barricade “into the Speaker’s Lobby outside the House chamber,” according to the Associated Press.
There are recent reports that President Trump spoke with Ashli Babbitt’s mother and expressed sympathy. “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. The Radical Left haters cannot be allowed to get away with this. There must be justice!” Trump reportedly said.