Documents tell witnesses they did not see Babbitt holding a weapon
more than 500 pages of internal documents Disclosing accounts of witnesses in connection with the fatal shooting of Ashley Babbitt in the Capitol on January 6 from the DC Metropolitan Police reveal that she did not have a weapon at the time of her death and that officers were “disturbed” after shooting her.
“These previously secret records show there was no good reason to shoot and kill Ashley Babbitt,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, which obtained the documents via FOIA in May 2021. court case. “The Biden-Garland Justice Department and Pelosi Congress have much to answer for in the mishandling and cover-up of this reprehensible murder of an American citizen by US Capitol Police.
An Air Force veteran, Babbitt, was shot and killed during a storm over the Capitol by a bullet fired by a Capitol police officer Lt. Gen. Michael Bird. Documents from the DC Metropolitan Police Department show that witnesses did not see Babbitt holding a weapon before he was shot, and reveal conflicting accounts of whether Byrd verbally avoided shooting Babbitt. warned earlier.
According to a portion of documents obtained by Judicial Watch, a Capitol police constable, whose name has been modified, saw Babitt climbing through a broken window, but did not see him holding a weapon.
“Sergeant [redacted] Saw a white, female guard climbing through an open area where the glass pane had been knocked over. He heard gunshots and the woman fell backwards from the hole. On the other side of the barricaded east doors, the crowd began to retreat and some raised their hands in the air. senior lawyer [redacted] Hearing the gunshot, Lieutenant Bird withdrew. They didn’t see anything in the hands of the female protestor before she was shot,” the Department of Internal Affairs report good where did it go.
“Sergeant [redacted] The barricades never went to the other side of the east door. He didn’t even know it was Lieutenant Bird who shot his gun until he spoke to her until moments later. Lieutenant Byrd looked upset and said, ‘I was the one who took the shot,'” the report continued.
Judicial Watch noted that in a written copy Regarding the interview with Sgt, he elaborated that he wasn’t sure “if” something happened to Bird that “whether he had to take the shot or not.”
“Ugh, I saw Lt. Bird kinda. I don’t know if it was before or after. Because I was trying to figure it out, but was at a point where I remembered seeing him and he went like this and Then came back up. Uh, I don’t know if that was from taking that shot and then backing away from that shot or if it was before that, so I can’t, no matter how hard I tried to rack my brain, I can’t, I can’t figure out when it happened, but uh, so I don’t know if something happened to her [sic] whether he took the shot or not,” the written transcript states.
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The sergeant described Byrd was “obviously upset” after Babbitt was shot.
“No, his eyes were red. That was, you could see he was clearly upset and he just, you know, comforted him and told him, you know, we have to get out of here,” interview stated in the transcript.
The interviewer asked the sergeant if he approached Babbitt after the shot, and he replied, “No, no, no. I kept my position.”
He said Bird instructed him and other officers to go down “to the subway” after the shooting.
The interviewer also asked: “It wasn’t a normal day, was it?”
“Certainly not my craziest day out there,” replied the sergeant, the closest incident to comparison was “the 2004, 2005 shot at the Rayburn Building…”.
The interview asked Sergeant if January 6th was a “horrifying experience”, to which Sergeant replied: “Oh yes. I’m not afraid to say that I was, I was scared.”
The Department of Internal Affairs also conducted a separate interview with another Capital Police Officer on January 6, which was located just behind Byrd in the speaker’s lobby during the shooting of Babbitt.
“He didn’t see Ms. McEnty [Babbitt] in possession of any possible weapon,” the summary report said.
“He reiterated that he didn’t see she was armed.”
That interviewer also described Bird as “upset” after the shooting.
“Lieutenant Bird was trembling, he didn’t say anything…. Bird was terrified, had tears in his eyes, and looked very upset. His voice [was] Even trembling when called for medical help on the radio. Lieutenant Byrd was still very upset,” the report continued.
that interviewer also said that bearded man According to interview tapes, Babit attended while wearing a suit. Neither he nor the sergeant interviewed was able to prove the identity of the bearded man in the suit, but he said he believed he was with the House Sergeant-at-Arms office.
yet another report good It also said that a sergeant did not see a weapon in Babbitt’s hands before hearing the gunshot. That report said investigators “recovered a ‘Para Force’ folding knife from the pocket of Ms. Babbitt’s pants.”
“The crowd outside the barricaded eastern doors to the east began to retreat, and some raised their hands in the air. Sgt. [redacted] Didn’t see anything in Ms. Babbitt’s hands before hearing the gunshot.”
one more report good He said in an interview with a Capitol police officer on February 4, “He didn’t hear any verbal orders” before Babbitt was shot.
Separate Jan 6 phone interview With a man who “reached out” to Metro PD, who claimed he was in House Chambers at the time of the shooting, contradicted the officer’s February 4 interview.
He said that he actually heard Bird shouting a “loud verbal command” that he would “shoot down” before firing at Babbit. The interviewer also claimed that Bird fired not once, but twice.
“He was yelling, he was giving orders. Um, he was saying, I’ll shoot. Uh, he was saying some other things. I clearly couldn’t understand what he was saying, but he Definitely, uh, was ordering, no question about it,” the interviewer said according to the tapes.
“He [Byrd], uh, did everything he could…. He was alone, we were guarding the front door and they were shaking him.”
A DC Department of Forensic Science crime scene exam report It also noted that Byrd’s service weapon had been handed over to the department. A crime scene investigation report also said that police noticed traces of blood from the hallway outside the speaker’s lobby door, which led to the first floor of the House.
In August Bird gave his first public interview, describing the events leading up to the shooting, and said that firing his weapon was a “last resort option”.
“I tried to wait as long as I could,” Bird said. “I hoped and prayed that no one tried to enter through those doors. But failure to obey them led to me taking appropriate action to save the lives of members of Congress and myself and my fellow officers. “
US Capitol Police concluded An internal investigation was conducted seven months after the shooting and it was declared “legitimate and within the policy of the department”. The policy states that the officer may use lethal force if he “reasonably believes that the action is in the defense of human life.”
“If the doors were torn down, rioters would have immediate access to the House chambers,” US Capitol Police said on August 23. “The officer’s actions in this case potentially saved members and staff from serious injury and possible death. Large crowds of rioters made their way into the US Capitol and the House Chamber, where members and staff were steps away.”
“I know I saved countless lives that day,” Byrd said in his interview. “I know that members of Congress, as well as my fellow officers and employees, were in danger and in grave danger. And that’s my job.”