No Charges for Officer in Capitol Riot Shooting

Sadie Gurman reports for the WSJ:

The police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol won’t face federal criminal charges in connection with her death, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
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“Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,” the Justice Department said in a statement announcing the closure of its probe.

It is indeed tragic that Ms. Babbitt, who from all accounts otherwise lived an upstanding life, went in for conspiracy theories and ultimately chose in participate in an invasion of our nation’s capital. That said, police officers are fully justified in using deadly force if necessary to resist a riot. If a rioter dies in a riot, the fault lies with the rioter, not the police.

In a related development, the Capitol Police Inspector General issued a report saying that the Capitol Police had overlooked warnings. See this story in the WSJ. This largely confirms what other sources have previously reported.

1 Response

  1. Bill Otis says:

    A daunting display of force by the police while the rioters were still well outside the building might have save this lady’s life by dissuading the assembled mass from going further. Of course it also would have brought on the usual cat-calls from the Police-Are-Nazis crowd.