American patriot and 12-year Air Force vet, Ashli Babbitt, was killed by a police officer in the US Capitol on January 6 in what can only be described as an “ambush,” the lawyer for her family has declared.
‘Ambushed’ by a ‘reckless’ Capitol officer
The 35-year-old California woman, who was an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, was fatally shot when she was attempting to go through a blocked door into the Speaker’s Lobby in the Capitol building, outside the chamber of the House.
Lawyer Terry Roberts, whose specialty is police misconduct, said Ashli Babbitt’s family is going to file a $10 million lawsuit claiming a wrongful death against the Capitol Police and the police officer who killed her.
Roberts told Real Clear Investigations that the police officer did not warn Babbitt before shooting as he was supposed to.
The lawyer declared that “there was no warning” and that is “not debatable,” adding that what the Capitol policeman did was “an ambush”.
Roberts further described the police officer as “reckless”.
The identity of the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt inside the US Capitol has been kept secret by the government.
His lawyer, however, Mark Schamel, disputed Roberts’ words and insisted that the policeman did give warnings to Babbitt.
According to Schamel, he was “screaming”, telling Babbitt and the other protesters at the door to “stay back,” and not to come in inside.
Schamel further alleged that the warnings in question can’t be heard on the cell phone footage of the incident because the video was made on the other side of the door, and the police officer was wearing a coronavirus mask.
The lawyer insisted that “lethal force is appropriate” if it is used in a situation where someone fears “imminent bodily harm.”
Let’s make a training video about the murderer
Exhibiting an astonishing level of arrogance Schamel went as far as praising Ashli Babbitt’s killer, describing what he did as “unbelievable heroism,” and saying the cold-blooded murder can be made into a training video.
The US Justice Department in April cleared the police officer who took the life of Ashli Babbitt of wrongdoing, and decided that there isn’t sufficient evidence “to support a criminal prosecution.”
According to the DOJ, any prosecution against the police officer would have to prove that he acted “willfully” in order to deprive Babbitt of her life, i.e. acting “with a bad purpose” in order to “disregard the law”, in Supreme Court’s phrasing.
In June, Ashli Babbitt’s family already filed a lawsuit to gain access to documentation, video footage, and the identity of the killer.
The available cell phone video of the murder doesn’t show the face of the Capitol police officer.
As the protesters who invaded the Capitol are breaking the glass of the door in the Speaker’s Lobby seeking to pass through, he points a gun at them, leading some of them to shout out that “he’s got a gun.”
That is right before the office shoots Babbitt in the left shoulder.
She falls to the floor and later died in hospital.
Millions of American patriots across the country are outraged not just by the young woman’s murder but also by the secrecy and the seeming efforts by the Biden administration to protect her killer from legal consequences and to quell the public indignation over the case.