Aaron Babbitt is the widower of Ashli Babbitt, the unarmed protestor who was shot as she attempted to climb through a window that led to the house floor of the Capitol building. He spoke with Tucker Carlson on Monday, where he expressed sorrow and frustration at losing his 35- year-old wife and the refusal on the part of the Metropolitan Police Department to name the officer who killed her.

“I never expected to lose my wife to political violence.” A distraught Mr. Babbitt told Tucker Carlson.

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Mr. Babbitt has obtained an attorney and is now suing the police for keeping the identity of his wife’s killer secret.  Rumors are swirling around the notion that the unidentified officer is likely the same one who previously left his loaded Glock 22- in a Capitol restroom in 2019. Another officer found the gun during a routine security sweep.

A spokeswoman for the department at the time said, “The Department takes these matters very seriously, and has an extensive process to investigate and review incidents such as these, and holds personnel accountable for their actions.” The offending officer was placed under review but somehow was able to keep his job. It is unclear what, if any, disciplinary action was taken against him.

Tucker Carlson asked Babbitt’s attorney, Terrell Roberts, if he felt that the loaded gun incident and the department’s failure to dismiss the officer was the reason his identity is being kept hidden from the public.

‘I don’t know, but I think one of the reasons why they’re hiding his identity is they don’t have a good explanation for this shooting,’ Mr. Roberts said. “I think if Ashli Babbitt had been brandishing a firearm and she was shot, the officer would be identified by now, and they’d be pinning a medal on him.” Mr. Babbitt’s attorney went on, “So I don’t think they have a good explanation for this shooting, and that’s why they haven’t identified him.” 

 

Without revealing his identity, the Department of Justice announced in April that it would not pursue criminal charges against the officer responsible for veteran Ashli Babbitt’s death.

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