Legal watchdog Judicial Watch released internal capitol police documents! More than 500 pages of interviews from witnesses and investigators of Babbitt’s shooting shared that there wasn’t a good reason for the shooting.
“These previously secret records show there was no good reason to shoot and kill Ashli Babbitt,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Biden-Garland Justice Department and the Pelosi Congress have much to answer for the over the mishandling and cover-up of this scandalous killing of an American citizen by the U.S. Capitol Police.”
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The capitol Police reported to Congress. Judicial Watch got the documents through a lawsuit filed in May. The internal police documents were littered with redactions, and entire pages were withdrawn from the public record.
Babbitt’s shooter, Lt. Michael Byrd, is named among the documents.
“On Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Lieutenant Michael Byrd of the United States Capitol Police was assigned as the House Chamber Commander during the day work tour of duty. At approximately 1446 hours. while protecting the House Chambers during a riotous act, Lieutenant Byrd discharged his service pistol and struck Subject-l in the chest,” the report says. “Lieutenant Byrd’s issued service pistol was initially secured by members of the United States Capitol Police, Internal Affairs Division: however. The service pistol was ultimately taken as evidence by the Department of Forensic Sciences. This officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the MPD IAD and is assigned [redacted].”
The Capitol police officer was shielded from prosecution by the Biden DOJ, and they won’t be pursuing a grand jury indictment. Lt. Byrd was scared after discharging his weapon at the unarmed Babbitt.
Lt. Byrd was issued a Garrity warning, and he had to consult an attorney before making any kind of a statement.
The Capitol Police sergeant who witnessed the shooting stated “did not see anything in the female protester’s hands prior to the gunshot,” adding that Lt. Byrd looked “upset” and confessed, “I was the one who took the shot.”
A witness stated that Lt. Byrd was “nervous, teary-eyed, and appeared very upset.”
The witness was at the crime scene, behind Lt. Byrd.
It’s crucial to say that there are pages blacked out and redacted regarding sensitive matters.
Take a look at the full records below:
In August, Lt Byrd was formally exonerated by an internal Capitol police probe.
The report stated: “The Justice Department announced in April that no charges were being brought against the officer,”
“The exoneration by the Capitol Police wraps up the last remaining investigation into the incident.”
“A memo from the commander of the Capitol Police’s Office of Personal Responsibility says ‘no further action will be taken in this matter’ after the officer was exonerated for the use of force.”
After his exoneration, NBC News shared the interview that confirmed the identity of Babbitt’s shooter. In July, Becker News reported that the Acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett appeared to name Michael Byrd as Babbitt’s shooter in a House committee hearing on February 25.
Lt. Byrd was caught on video with an aloft 40-caliber Glock handgun and pointing it at Babbitt. Sullivan reportedly shouted that there was a gun. After 15 seconds, the officer shot her.
One African American man with almost the same hairline and a bracelet can be seen armed with a pistol on the House floor on January 6.
“The shooting of Ashli Babbitt on January 6, 2021, by an unidentified U.S. Capitol Police Officer was an unjustified use of deadly force which violated her constitutional rights,” attorney Terrell N. Roberts III said.
“It is clear from video footage that Ashli did not pose a danger to the officer or any other person when she was shot. Ashli was unarmed. She did not assault anyone. She did not threaten to harm anyone. There was no excuse for taking her life,” he added.
“It is a universal law enforcement standard that a police officer should use no more force than necessary to accomplish a lawful purpose,” Roberts continued. “At 5′ 2″ tall and 110 pounds, an arrest of Ashli could have been accomplished by a single trained officer with a set of handcuffs. At the time of the shooting, there were over a half-dozen police officers in close proximity to the Speaker’s door where Ashli was standing.”