After “interviewing multiple witnesses” and “reviewing all the available evidence,” internal affairs had this to say:
“[The Department’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.
“The officer in this case, who is not being identified for the officer’s safety, will not be facing internal discipline.”
The justification of Babbitt’s murder, according to Capitol Police, is the protection of members of Congress from the big, bad, domestic terrorists.
The officer fired on Babbitt, 35, as she and other protesters tried to force their way into the Capitol and disrupt the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory over Donald Trump.
In videos taken by the rioters, Babbitt and others are seen inside the Capitol pushing against a door to the Speakers Lobby, which would have given them access to the chamber of the House of Representatives.
Lawmakers fled past the door just minutes before. Babbitt, wearing a Trump flag like a cape, and others threaten to break through and push officers out of the way.
As they moved to break through the door, a policeman on the other side, wearing a Covid mask that has hid his identity, shot through the glass, hitting her in the neck.
Capitol Police said in the statement that the officer had potentially saved members of Congress and their staff “from serious injury and possible death from a large crowd of rioters.”
They said he and his family have been the subject of numerous credible and specific threats since the shooting.
Trump has called her death a murder.
Great Awakening Channel 🔷, [Aug 12, 2021 at 3:30 AM]
Trump statement on Ashli Babbitt.
— Evert Beethoven (@Evertbeetho) August 11, 2021
Author: Elizabeth Tierney