The lawyer who represents the family of Ashli Babbitt recently stated that they are planning to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Capitol Police over the death of their daughter.
Babbitt was shot and killed by a yet unnamed Capitol officer during the riot at the U.S. Capitol building in early January. The Department of Justice announced a few weeks ago that the officer involved in the incident will not be charged with any crimes.
Witness of the shooting say the officer did not provide Babbitt with any verbal warnings before opening fire on her.
“We think the evidence is ample and would support criminal charges against the officer,” said attorney Terry Roberts, who is representing Babbitt’s family. “Clearly the officer had a required willfulness in this case. He clearly could see that she was not armed. She did not present an immediate threat to him and there was no legal justification to shooting her.”
A lot of speculation going around at the moment concerning this case seems to revolve around the idea that the DOJ is refusing to press charges against the officer because Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was a dedicated Trump supporter.
Certainly hope that isn’t true, but it wouldn’t be surprising.