On Monday the Capitol Police released the results of an internal investigation into the death of Military veteran and January 6th U.S. Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by a Capitol Police officer.
According to The Hill:
U.S. Capitol Police have formally exonerated an officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6.
“USCP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) determined the officer’s conduct was lawful and within Department policy, which says an officer may use deadly force only when the officer reasonably believes that action is in the defense of human life, including the officer’s own life, or in the defense of any person in immediate danger of serious physical injury,” Capitol Police said in a statement.
The officer, who remains unidentified, will not face disciplinary action.
Their actions “potentially saved Members and staff from serious injury and possible death from a large crowd of rioters who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol and to the House Chamber where Members and staff were steps away,” Capitol Police said in the release.
The agency continued, “If the doors were breached, the rioters would have immediate access to the House Chambers. The officer’s actions were consistent with the officer’s training and USCP policies and procedures.”
Babbitt was shot outside of the Speaker’s gallery just off the House floor in the Capitol, according to The Hill.