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Mon May 3 18:54:10 PDT 2021
Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt On Jan. 6 Didn't Issue Warning First: Lawyer
The lawyer for the family of Ashli Babbitt, the woman who was killed
by a Capitol Police officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, said
that witnesses didn’t hear the officer give a warning before he shot
The officer, who hasn’t been identified, was cleared by federal
prosecutors of any wrongdoing in the shooting, saying that it was
reasonable that the officer fired in self-defense. The officer’s
attorney Mark Schamel has told news outlets his client did, in fact,
warn Babbitt and others who were behind the door attempting to get
into the Capitol.
“It’s a false narrative that he issued no verbal commands or
warnings,” Schamel told news outlets last month, adding that witness
statements corroborate his account.
“He was screaming, ‘Stay back! Stay back! Don’t come in here!’”
However, Babbitt family lawyer Terrell Roberts appeared to dispute that account.
“We’ve interviewed several witnesses on the same side of the door
with Ashli Babbitt,” Roberts told journalist Sharyl Attkisson on May
“They didn’t hear any kind of warning. I think a reasonable
officer would know, given the noise on the other side of the door,
that anything that he’s saying would not be heard.”
According to video footage of the incident, the officer appears to
issue no commands to stop or any verbal warning that he would fire.
“In fact, if you watch the video carefully,” Roberts said,
“there’s an officer in a suit that strolls across the hallway at the
time that he is supposedly yelling an announcement, who doesn’t even
seem to react to that. So those are three important factors why we
think he didn’t give an announcement.”
Video footage recorded by Capitol breach participants shows the
officer taking a defensive position in a doorway before aiming his
weapon and shooting Babbitt, who appeared to be trying to climb
through a broken window in the door. Officials later said that
Babbitt, a U.S. Air Force veteran, reportedly had no weapon.
Roberts noted that Babbitt was part of a crowd that was starting “to
hit the door, break some of the windows.” The footage, he said, then
shows three officers “move out of the way” of the rioters.
“At the time that this officer shoots, there’s no member of
Congress in that lobby,” the lawyer noted on May 2.
“So I think all this adds up to a situation where the officer did
not need to shoot and kill the lady.”
In previous media interviews and in a statement to The Epoch Times,
Roberts said he plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Capitol
Police, arguing that the officer violated the constitutional rights of
Babbitt. Last week, he said the family will seek $10 million from the
Simple unarmed entry into public building, vandals, hardly merit
self-defense, note cops with AR-15's mingling on same side of door
obviously were not too worried about protestors seemingly benign.
"Warning" or not does not absolve of murder there.
Killer cop's name is known but Govt refuses to release it, yet
"murderers" Chauvin, etc name were all released before trials.
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