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For more than seven months, the U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed protester climbing through a broken window in a hallway of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, has remained anonymous.
Though his name was known to U.S. Capitol Police, congressional staffers and federal investigations, no one would divulge it. The secrecy fueled months of online speculation.
Babbitt's family alleged a coverup.
"The U.S. Congress wants to protect this man. He's got friends in high places and they want to protect him," said Maryland attorney Terry Roberts, who represents the family. "And they've done a pretty good job of it. ... I don't think it's a proud moment for the U.S. Capitol Police or the U.S. Congress."
Byrd's attorney, Mark Schamel, did not dispute the positive identification. It adds to information from other sources who told Zenger in recent months that Byrd was the January 6 shooter. None of them would say so on the record.
Byrd is a controversial figure with a record of mishandling firearms, including once leaving a loaded pistol in a Congressional Visitor Center bathroom. Roberts said Byrd's decision to fire his weapon on January 6 indicated his unfitness for duty.
Explaining why his staff didn't participate in radio traffic with U.S. Capitol Police during crisis incidents, Blodgett told lawmakers: "We communicate with our staff via cellphone, text message. We were in close contact. The situation you discussed where Officer Byrd was at the door, when Ms. Babbitt was shot, it was our sergeant-at-arms employee who rendered the aid to her at that site."
originally posted by: matafuchs
a reply to: burdman30ott6
Black officer killed a white woman...If rolls were reversed DC would have been burning every weekend this year.
originally posted by: FunshineCD
So somebody climbing through a broken window you are sworn to protect, you just help them through? Is it tragic? yes. Do you not believe in personal responsibility? She obviously knew the doors were locked for a reason, hence trying to get through a broken window. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes right?
I have read the argument that the police on her side of the wall did not feel threatened, which is opinion of course, not fact. But one has to only look at the George Floyd case, all the cops surrounding him did not feel a murder was being committed right in front of them, but a jury said otherwise. So that defense does not fly anywhere.
It was an attack on the capitol to stop the certifying of the election. She was shot and killed for attacking the capitol.