On January 6th- U.S. veteran Ashli Babbitt was murdered inside the U.S. Capitol. She carried a backpack, but had no weapon,  yet was apparently perceived as a threat by one Capitol Police Officer because he shot her without provocation and without warning.

Gateway Pundit reports, Ashli Babbitt, a Trump-supporting US veteran, was gunned down in cold blood inside the US Capitol. She was unarmed and posed no threat to the police or anyone. There were several police officers surrounding her when she was shot dead without warning. Her killer Lt. Mike Byrd then fled down the hall after he shot her dead without warning.

In July, The Gateway Pundit confirmed that Lt. Mike Byrd was Ashli Babbit’s shooter. This morning, attorneys for the Babbitt family have also confirmed that Mr. Byrd is indeed Ashli’s killer.

Newsweek reports: Typically, police officers who shoot civilians are named publicly. But the January 6 riot and the riots that erupted after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, divided the country along political, class, and racial lines—making officials cautious about revealing the name of a Black police officer who killed a white protester.

Roberts said race was “clearly a factor” in the decision to shield Byrd from public scrutiny.

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“It’s something that has to be considered because it’s just a clear pattern in the United States,” he said. “A white cop kills a Black individual? Their name is out there within a day. It’s all public. And look, a police officer is a public official. There should not be any exception for this.”

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Mr. Byrd’s identity was speculated about for some time now. Today, the guesswork is over.

In mid-June, we reported on Mr. Babbitt’s lawsuit against Capitol Police for shielding the identity of Ashli’s murderer. It was widely believed back then that he was the same careless officer that had left his loaded weapon in a men’s restroom 2-years prior and seemingly faced no disciplinary measures:

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.” 

Conservatives shouldn’t get their hopes up that because Byrd’s identity has been confirmed, Ashli’s killer will face charges. We need to remember, she wasn’t an aggrieved BLM rioter mostly peaceful while torching a police cruiser, she was a 14-year military vet, an unarmed patriot and Trump supporter, and in today’s world, that made her a justifiable kill.

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