Officer Cleared In The Shooting Death Of Ashli Babbitt During Capitol Riot

15 Avril, 2021, 02:39 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol

Prosecutors said they had reviewed video of the shooting, along with statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses, examined physical evidence from the scene and reviewed the autopsy results.

"Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution", the news release said.

Three of those people were Capitol Police officers who died in attacks on the Capitol, including Brian Sicknick, the officer who died from injuries suffered on January 6, when hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the institution.

In an email announcing the decision, the Justice Department described how Babbitt "was among a mob of people that entered the Capitol building and gained access to a hallway outside 'Speaker's Lobby, ' which leads to the Chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives".

Schamel pointed out that the officer fired only one shot and did so only after "clearly identifying himself and ordering the mob not to come through the barricade".

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At one point, Babbitt attempted to climb through one of the windows that had been smashed open. U.S. Capitol Police emergency responders administered aid to Babbitt, who was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where she died of her injuries.

Just one day before her death, Babbitt posted on Twitter numerous times in anticipation of the election protest, which turned into a riot. Only five other people have received the distinction since the honor was created in 1998.

The focus of the investigation into Babbitt's death, however, entailed whether the officer had deprived her of her constitutional Fourth Amendment right not to be subjected to an unreasonable seizure. "Prosecutors would have to prove not only that the officer used force that was constitutionally unreasonable, but that the officer did so 'willfully, ' which the Supreme Court has interpreted to mean that the officer acted with a bad goal to disregard the law".

"The investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress", the department said.

According to a news release, the USA attorney's Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section and the Metropolitan Police Department's Internal Affairs Division "conducted a thorough investigation of Babbitt's shooting".

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