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New Report Raises Extra Questions About Ashli Babbitt Capturing

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There have been numerous questions concerning the taking pictures of Ashli Babbitt on January 6 through the Capitol riot. A discovering by the Division of Justice that they might not be pursuing motion towards Lt. Michael Byrd — the officer who shot her — didn’t quell these questions.

There may be now a brand new report that’s more likely to spark much more considerations. According to a report from Real Clear Investigations, nobody ever interviewed Byrd earlier than the choice was made to not pursue any fees towards him, the lawyer for the Babbitt household, Terry Roberts stated.

“He didn’t present any assertion to [criminal] investigators and so they didn’t push him to make a press release,” Babbitt household lawyer Terry Roberts stated in an RCI interview. “It’s astonishing how skimpy his investigative file is.”

Roberts, who has spoken with the D.C. MPD detective assigned to the case, stated the kid-glove remedy of Byrd raises suspicions the investigation was a “whitewash.”

The lawyer’s account seems to be backed up by a January 2021 inside affairs report, which notes Byrd “declined to supply a press release,” D.C. MPD paperwork present.

Requested about it, a D.C. MPD spokeswoman confirmed that Byrd didn’t cooperate with inside affairs brokers or FBI brokers, who collectively investigated what was probably the most high-profile officer-involved taking pictures instances in U.S. historical past.

Usually in judging police use of power, you’d interview the concerned officer and consider the reasonableness of his actions given the state of affairs. It’s secure to say that it’s very uncommon in such a taking pictures incident to make such a choice with out an interview. It’s additionally attention-grabbing that in accordance with the report, Byrd refused to cooperate and provides an interview. If he thought he was absolutely justified and did nothing improper, why not give them an interview?

This report comes on top of the questions about Babbitt being unarmed and never bodily threatening anybody earlier than she was shot. Throughout an interview that Byrd gave to NBC’s Lester Holt after the DOJ determination, Byrd stated that he couldn’t see her palms however that even when he knew she was unarmed that wouldn’t have changed his reaction. That’s an unimaginable assertion on condition that she hadn’t bodily posed a risk to him or to any of the officers to whom she was simply standing close to.

I’ll maintain saying it as a result of after I noticed the video, what struck me so strongly was how fully pointless Byrd’s actions have been. Had he waited for one more second to find out if she was a risk reasonably than simply taking pictures her down, closely armed police had simply come up the steps behind her. They might have been on the door and nobody would have gotten previous them with none taking pictures. Regardless that she hadn’t posed any bodily risk to the police on the opposite aspect of the door moments earlier than, Byrd nonetheless shot her.

I feel the issue was the “investigators” didn’t need to know and so they have been content material to not push it as a result of to seek out in any other case may disrupt the narrative. And as I stated, the overall determination that this sends is a nasty one. Does it then imply that the Capitol Police have the proper to gun down any trespasser? If the BLM have been to return by the door subsequent and an officer shoots one in all them down, are all of the Democrats going to cheer that, too, underneath related circumstances? Is that officer going to be handled the identical method? One thing tells me no.

Source: Redstate

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