Earlier, by Gregory Hood (January 9, 2021): A Martyr for the Historic American Nation—Ashli Babbitt
Via Instapundit, whose comment was, ”At this point, anything is believable.” I see that the Institute for Justice is trying to get to the bottom of the FBI's investigation of the death of unarmed January 6 protester Ashli Babbitt.
FBI charged with Jan. 6 ‘cover-up’ in Ashli Babbitt shooting case
By Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, February 3, 2024
A watchdog group is escalating its battle with the Justice Department over the FBI’s refusal to turn over files on Ashli Babbitt, the United States Air Force veteran shot and killed during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot over the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory over former President Donald Trump.
Judicial Watch, claiming a “cover-up,” on Friday filed a suit in federal court claiming that the FBI has twice refused to comply with Freedom of Information Act demands for any files it has on Babbitt and her husband Aaron.
The FOIA lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Judicial Watch is working with Aaron Babbitt, who is the executor of his wife’s estate, to get all the information the government has on the duo and its reports of her shooting death by then-U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd as she attempted to enter the House Speaker’s Lobby unarmed.
They recently joined in filing a $30 million wrongful death suit against the government in the death of the 35-year-old, the only one associated with the riots who died on Jan. 6.
“Judicial Watch and our supporters are honored to represent Ashli’s steadfast widower Aaron Babbitt and her estate in this legal action. Ashli was shot in cold blood, and the rule of law requires justice for her,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in filing the suit on Jan. 4.
I think it's wrong to say that the unarmed white woman was shot ”in cold blood” by the black Capitol Hill police officer. I assume it was cowardice and panic. Recently I pointed out that it took long enough to for us to find out who the Capitol Police officer was (Lt. Michael Byrd) or that he was black, and just now, three years later, we’re finding out this:
NEW: According to just-filed Judicial Watch suit, the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt had his police powers revoked for a prior off-duty shooting in which "stray bullets from Lt. Byrd’s firearm struck the sides of homes nearby. Investigation found use of force was not justified"— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) January 5, 2024
The kind of thing we find out on the first day after a white police officer survives an attack by an unarmed black man. But when a black police officer shoots an unarmed woman, the news media shows a striking lack of interest.
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