The husband of a woman who was shot dead by a U.S. Capitol Police officer in the Capitol on Jan. 6 says he still does not know the identity of the officer.
“Somebody up in D.C. knows, I think a lot of people know, but nobody is telling us. And the silence is deafening,” Aaron Babbitt said on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday.
“I never expected to lose my wife to political violence,” he added.
Aaron Babbitt filed a complaint last week against the Metropolitan Police Department, which conducted the investigation into the shooting. The police agency has refused to hand over records, illegally defying a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the court filing alleges.
The department declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.
Federal authorities announced in April that the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt would not be charged.
“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 Department of Justice said in a statement. “Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”
An attorney representing the officer said that the decision “is the only correct conclusion” and that the officer “had to resort to deadly force.”
“He did so after clearly identifying himself and ordering the mob not to come through the barricade,” Mark Schamel, the lawyer, said in an emailed statement. “He used tremendous restraint in only firing one shot, and his actions stopped the mob from breaking through and turning a horrific day in American history into something so much worse.”
But Terrell Roberts, who is representing the Babbitt family, has noted that available evidence indicates Ashli Babbitt was not armed and that video footage shows a slew of officers in the Speaker’s Lobby, where Ashli Babbitt was seeking to enter when she was shot…
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Original article posted by Zachary Stieber at The Epoch Times. Title altered by Montana Daily Gazette.