‘The American Public Deserves To Know’ About Ashli Babbitt’s Death: National Police Association Spokesperson

What happened to Ashli Babbitt?

The US Air Force veteran was shot during Jan.6 riots at the Capitol. According to Sgt. Betsy Smith, a spokesperson for the National Police Association, we deserve to know the truth behind Babbitt’s death.

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Smith claims that the continued politicization of police needs to be addressed. Babbitt made a mistake that day as she entered the building. However, the Department of Justice decided not to prosecute the officer who shot her, and they are sending the wrong message.

Americans deserve to know the truth. Why do they keep protecting wealthy politicians?

“I feel like what it says to our citizens, is that well, if you are protecting our wealthy politicians at the United States Capitol, you have different rules of engagement than you do if you’re trying to protect a small town or an urban area, and I find that very dangerous,” Smith said on NTD’s “The Nation Speaks.”

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 07: Melody Black, from Minnesota, becomes emotional as she visits a memorial setup near the U.S. Capitol Building for Ashli Babbitt who was killed in the building after a pro-Trump mob broke in on January 07, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress finished tallying the Electoral College votes and Joe Biden was certified as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Americans have to know the details of the shooting. They used deadly force for no reason. There are strict rules when it comes to using deadly force.

“Had Ashley Babbitt been a liberal activist protesting abortion or perhaps protesting Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation at the Supreme Court, we might be dealing with a very different issue, and that is not how the American justice system operates. We also deserve to know that officer’s name, there was really no reason to know the name of the officer that shot Daunte Wright. But yet it was released. And now she (the officer) has had to flee her home.”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Capitol Police were unavailable for comments.

On April 14, the Department of Justice said that the US Capitol Police officer who shot the veteran won’t face any charges.

“Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy,” the DOJ said in a statement.

“Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”

Terrell Roberts is an attorney for the Babbitt family. He said that the decision was “baffling, given  the circumstances that it’s a clear case of shooting an unarmed person without any legal justification.”

Mark Schamel is the officer’s lawyer. He said that the officer had to apply deadly force adding that these actions “stopped the mob from breaking through and turning a horrific day in American history into something so much worse.”

Babbitt entered the Capitol building on Jan.6. One of the witnesses says that police officers asked protesters to get back and out of the way from a broken door. Babbitt did an attempt to climb through. An African-American police officer in a suit shot her in the neck.

Babbitt wasn’t carrying any weapon and her family confirmed the information.

Smith, the National Police Association spokesperson said Babbitt was “the complete lack of curiosity by the legacy media.”

“They don’t seem to really care why Ashli Babbitt was killed,” she added.

“They don’t seem to care. They’re so concerned about police tactics and why we do what we do until it comes to Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed woman shot and killed by law enforcement. I think the American public deserves to know and we need to have that discussion.”

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Source: The Epoch Times

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