UNJUSTIFIED KILLING? A new frame-by-frame video analysis from the January 6 riot appears to show that Ashli Babbitt desperately tried to prevent rioters from vandalizing the doors leading to the Speaker’s Lobby at the U.S. Capitol shortly before being shot and killed by Capitol Police Lieutenant Michael Byrd.
A report from Epoch Times says that Babbitt, who was unarmed and had served in the U.S. Air Force as a military police officer, “was chatting with three officers from U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC).”
Eyewitness John Sullivan, a leftist BLM activist who was only feet away from Babbitt when she was killed said:
About five minutes prior to her getting shot and killed, all of those officers, Officer Yetter and the other officers in the hall, the MPD cops, they were all joking with her and laughing with her. They were having conversations and joking and laughing. Then not even five minutes later, Michael Byrd comes and executes her.
According to the Epoch Times (ET):
Video footage shot by John Sullivan, also known as Jayden X, shows that Babbitt tried to stop the violence against the Speaker’s Lobby at least four times before she climbed into a broken window and was shot by U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd. At one point, she was so distressed at the violence, she jumped up and down in frustration.
Sullivan explained that:
We didn’t know anything about the building we were in. She turned the corner and I just followed her. A big group of people followed us after I followed her. People just kind of emerged on the door. By that time, she was stuck in the corner.
“She was literally trapped there,” Hansen added.
The video also shows Babbitt confronting rioter Zachary Alam, leaning in between him and one of the police officers guarding the doors. Alam turned away from Babbitt and punched a window to the side of the officer’s head.
Ashli Babbitt with looks of shock and concern over vandalism by rioters at the Speaker’s Lobby doors. Babbitt tried to stop rioters from breaking down the doors. She was shot just moments later. (Jayden X/YouTube)
ET reports that an audio analysis of video footage taken in the hallway reveals that Babbitt shouted, “Stop! No! Don’t! Wait!” according to her husband, Aaron Babbitt.
The Epoch Times adds:
Babbitt feared for her life, her husband said, so she climbed into the broken window to escape. Byrd shot her before she got more than partway into the window frame.
“The only way we’d ever know why Ashli felt the window was the only way out is if she had been detained by one of the countless police officers that abandoned their post in front of those doors,” Babbitt said. “That did not happen. She was murdered and robbed of the chance to tell her side of the story.”
Biden’s Department of Justice cleared Byrd of criminal culpability in the shooting death without ever questioning him or taking a statement, according to investigative records and the Babbitt family attorney, reported ET.
* NOTE – I was at the Capitol on January 6 as a security advisor to a foreign media TV news crew. In a piece I wrote the next day, I condemned the violence while insisting it was a riot not a coup or insurrection.
I also wrote about Babbitt, based on the available information at the time, saying: “While saddened by her death, which must be investigated, she should not be turned into a martyr. She was a victim, but also a misguided perpetrator.”
While I still believe she should not have joined the mob that day inside the Capitol, as more information becomes available, I’m seeing her much more as a victim than a perpetrator. And the full truth about her and her death must be revealed.
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