The Justice Department has decided not to press charges against the officer who fatally shot 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt during the January 6th storming of the Capitol.
The Justice Department said in a statement that the investigation found no proof that the officer had broken any federal laws, and that there was nothing to refute his belief that shooting at Babbitt was appropriate “in self-defense or in defense of Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber.”
“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” and “based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,” the release said.
The investigation discovered “Babbitt was part of a crowd that stormed the Capitol and gained entry to a corridor outside the ‘Speaker’s Lobby,’ which leads to the House of Representatives Chamber.
It also detailed the ordeal the officer, who was not named, was going through at the time of the assault.
“Members of the mob attempted to break through the doors by striking them and breaking the glass with their hands, flagpoles, helmets, and other objects. Eventually, the three USCP officers positioned outside the doors were forced to evacuate. As members of the mob continued to strike the glass doors, Ms. Babbitt attempted to climb through one of the doors where glass was broken out,” the statement said.
The statement read, the officer “fired one round from his service pistol, striking Ms. Babbitt in the left shoulder, causing her to fall back from the doorway and onto the floor. A USCP emergency response team, which had begun making its way into the hallway to try and subdue the mob, administered aid to Ms. Babbitt, who was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where she succumbed to her injuries”.
The investigation’s goal, according to the Justice Department, was to see if the officer broke any federal laws, including federal criminal civil rights violations.
It stated that “evidence that an officer acted out of fear, error, panic, misperception, incompetence, or even bad judgment cannot provide the high degree of motive demanded by the law” in federal court.
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According to Air Force reports, Babbitt was a decorated security forces controller who served in the Middle East on several occasions from 2004 to 2016.
Babbitt was a devoted Fox News viewer, according to tens of thousands of tweets to Fox News hosts, and was also active on the conspiracy website InfoWars. Babbitt started tweeting with QAnon accounts and hashtags in 2020.
In the past, Babbitt had issues with aggression and breaking the law, as she harassed and endangered the life of her ex-husband’s girlfriend.
Court documents obtained by the Daily Mail show that Babbit used her SUV as a weapon against her ex-husband’s girlfriend.
Babbitt was accused of lying in wait for her the woman, chasing her down a Maryland highway in her SUV, and then deliberately ramming her at least three times in an apparent fit of rage and jealousy.
Norris filed for a restraining order against Babbitt the day of the car crash in July 2016. She also asked the court for a second restraining order seven months later because she claimed that the Air Force veteran had filed false police reports against her, lied under oath, and harassed her with phone calls in the middle of the night. Both restraining orders were upheld.
Babbitt’s closest friends describe her as a “boisterous firecracker,” who was charged with reckless endangerment, malicious property damage, and dangerous driving.
Babbitt life was also unconventional, as she was also involved in a throuple.
A throuple is defined as “a relationship between three people who have all unanimously agreed to be in a romantic, loving, relationship together with the consent of all people involved.”
Babbitt’s throuple included her Marine husband, Aaron Babbitt, 39, and a 29-year-old bartender. The trio lived together full time.
Bartender Kayla Joyce lived with the married couple in their San Diego home. Reportedly, Joyce is sticking by her widower boyfriend as he mourns the loss of his wife.
Reportedly the Babbitts met Kayla a little over a year ago and welcomed her into their open marriage, which at the time was only a few months old.
The news of the Babbitt’s living arrangements came as a shock to conservatives who have been lauding Babbitt as a far-right martyr. Conservatives aren’t exactly accepting of relationships that take place outside of marriage.
Online extremists have called Babbit a “martyr” calling the bullet that killed her ‘the first shot in a revolution.”
The day before the rally, Babbitt tweeted, “Nothing will stop us….they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!”
Babbitt was one of five people, including a Capitol Police officer, to die as a result of the riot.
More than 300 people have been charged in connection with the riot, which occurred while a joint session of Congress was counting the Electoral College votes.