Former President Donald Trump sent an email via his Save America PAC on Thursday asking, simply, “Who shot Ashli Babbitt?”
Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was the sole person killed during the Capitol riot on January 6, when Trump supporters illegally stormed the Capitol Building with the goal of disrupting a congressional vote to ratify Joe Biden’s Electoral College vote.
A Capitol Police Officer shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, and it was reported in April that no charges will be filed against the officer.
The Department of Justice has concluded its investigation into the police killing of veteran Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed woman who was part of a mob that illegally entered the Capitol Building in Washington, DC on January 6.
There has been little to no outrage over her death, despite the fact that she was unarmed during the protest that turned riot on that day, and her small stature posed no threat to the armed officers who sought to disperse the crowd.
Babbitt was shot by an unnamed officer on Jan. 6 despite the fact that police were told not to use their most aggressive tactics in dealing with the mob on that day. The New York Times reported that “Capitol Police had clearer advance warnings about the Jan. 6 attack than were previously known, including the potential for violence in which ‘Congress itself is the target.’”
Despite this, “officers were instructed by their leaders not to use their most aggressive tactics to hold off the mob,” this according to a report by inspector general, Michael A. Bolton.”
The report “found that the leaders ordered their Civil Disturbance Unit to refrain from using its most powerful crowd-control tools—like stun grenades—to put down the onslaught.” A plan that was enacted for the protest stated that “there were ‘no specific known threats related to the joint session of Congress.’ And the former chief of the Capitol Police has testified that the force had determined that the likelihood of violence was ‘improbable.’”
Babbitt’s family announced in May that they would file a lawsuit against the Capitol Police for more than $10 million. Officials have been placed on notice as the family demands accountability for Babbitt’s death.
“Right now, we have no accountability—zero accountability—they give no explanation to justify the shooting and they do not even identify the officer. That is what they do in autocratic countries, not in the United States,” said Maryland-based attorney Terrell N. Roberts III to The Washington Times on Thursday.