On January 6 2021, the unarmed US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt was shot in the neck and killed while she attempted to climb through a window into a hallway in the Capitol Building.
Before she was shot and killed, Ashli Babbitt was standing inside a room in the Capitol that was filled with “protesters” and armed law enforcment officers including heavily armed tactical officers. In the video below, officers can be seen standing in front the windows leading into the hallway were being broken by a few men inside the room. Curiously, instead of trying to stop the window breakers, the police officers who were standing between the protesters and the hallway into the Speakers Chambers where the armed Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd waited, they moved to the side and began to have what appears to be a casual converastion with each other. Ashli Babbitt approached the windows to the room where she was shot after the police officers conveniently moved away from the door, giving Office Byrd a clear shot at the non-violent, unarmed veteran.
So many questions still remain about what happened in that room, not the least of which is why are so many of the men who were in the same room as the now deceased Ashli Babbitt running around free, while Ashli Babbitt was shot dead for the crime of trying to leave that room? The biggest question of course, is why was Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd cleared of all criminal charges for her shooting death?
Now, a new stunning report by Real Clear Investigations on the murder of unarmed US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt inside the U.S. Capitol by Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd reveals that he was never formally interviewed by the D.C. Metropolitan Police before he was cleared of wrongdoing in her death.
Just the News reports – In an interview with the outlet, Babbitt family attorney Terry Roberts said he was surprised at how “skimpy” Byrd’s investigative file is.
“He didn’t provide any statement to [criminal] investigators, and they didn’t push him to make a statement,” Roberts also said.
Roberts’ claims appear to be backed up by MPD documents obtained by Judicial Watch, which confirm that Byrd “declined to provide a statement.”
An MPD spokesperson confirmed that Byrd did not cooperate with internal affairs or FBI agents.
“MPD did not formally interview Lt. Byrd. … He didn’t give a statement while under the U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation,” said D.C. MPD communications Director Kristen Metzger said.
Within four months of the shooting, Byrd had been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by the Justice Department, which opted not to present evidence to a grand jury about one of the most high-profile police shootings in recent memory. Justice declared there was “not enough evidence” to conclude that Byrd violated Babbitt’s civil rights or acted recklessly.