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Capitol Police Internal Investigation Reaches Final Decision on Officer Who Killed Ashli Babbitt

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The U.S. Capitol Police have formally exonerated the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion.

According to a memo obtained by NBC, the internal investigation into whether excessive force was used has ended.

The memo from the commander of the Capitol Police’s Office of Personal Responsibility said “no further action will be taken in this matter.”

The Capitol Police did not issue any public comment on the investigation.

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The identity of the officer who shot and killed Babbitt has not been officially revealed.

The Justice Department said in April that no charges were forthcoming in the case.

At the time, the department supported the contention of the officer that he fired “in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber.”

“Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy,” the department said in a statement.

“Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”


Babbitt family attorney Terry Roberts, who is preparing a wrongful death lawsuit, has said that Babbitt was not warned by the officer that her life was in imminent danger.

“It’s not debatable. … There was no warning,” he told Real Clear Investigations.

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“I would call what he did an ambush. … I don’t think he’s a good officer. I think he’s reckless,” Roberts added.

Roberts said that although the officer claims to have issued a warning, video of the incident does not support that assertion.

“Those other officers were within earshot. If he’s yelling, they certainly aren’t showing any reaction to it,” he said. “If he was giving any kind of warning, why didn’t they react?”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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