Ashli Babbitt Murdered by Police at U.S. Capitol Building

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Ashli Babbitt was murdered today at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. as she was participating in a mostly peaceful demonstration. As protesters moved their protest to the interior of the building an unidentified officer fired on the crowd. The shooting was caught on video (embedded below). Babbitt was towards the front of the crowd near a locked door and did not appear to be armed.


Occupying government buildings is a form of peaceful protest that Americans have engaged in for generations. People that disagree with legislatures have repeatedly entered legislative chambers to express their views. This past August, Ammon Bundy was arrested for taking a seat in the Idaho State Capitol Building and refusing to leave. He was arrested and wheeled out of the building in his chair (https://www.npr.org/2020/08/25/906046911/ammon-bundy-is-arrested-and-wheeled-out-of-the-idaho-statehouse). There was no cause to shoot Bundy because he was unarmed. Had the police locked the door and he tried to get inside that would not have justified opening fire. Video footage of the pro-Trump protesters appears consistent with a mostly peaceful occupation protest. You can look up similar protests on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_(protest). There is no justification for trained law enforcement officers to shoot an unarmed woman whose only crime seems to be trying to force her way into a government building. Police are issued tasers and other less than lethal munitions for such scenarios.


We do not know the identity of the officer at this time and his name may never be released. We do know that security duties at the U.S. Capitol Building are typically carried out by the United States Capitol Police (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Capitol_Police), but that the Secret Service and other agencies operate there as well. We do know that Capitol Police officers and armed men in suits were face to face with protesters that had gained entry to the capitol building (https://www.msnbc.com/mtp-daily/watch/footage-shows-single-capitol-police-officer-retreating-from-protesters-98952261898), but we have yet to see those protesters doing anything violent. We have seen them damaging property and walking through the building, but that appears to be it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOGXkMmtl6I). Some of them managed to enter the House Chambers and one of them stood behind the podium with their fist in the air (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvDg9ttjYIw). Left wing media outlets (ex: CNN, Don Lemon, MSNBC) are painting these protesters as "domestic terrorists" and "violent insurrectionists." These are the same outlets that call left wing protesters mostly peaceful. The only difference between these protesters and others appears to be who they support. Both groups have been mostly peaceful, but you wouldn't know that by watching the news. If you watch CNN you hear about mostly peaceful Black Lives Matter protests and a "mob insurrection to destroy our Capitol" (Don Lemon). If you watch Fox News you hear about the "violent Antifa terrorists" and a "protest" at the Capitol Building.


In the video below you hear the eyewitness account by someone with blood on their hands. The witness describes Ashli Babbitt being needlessly murdered by police. We have taken screenshots of various cops as well as the victim and added them to the collage above. If you know the names of any of these officers please post them in the comments section of this page.


UPDATE: To people that say she deserved it for storming a government building: Let's assume for a second that she was breaking a window in that door before the officer opened fire. That does not justify shooting her. Breaking a window is a property crime. Deadly force is not a justifiable means of defending property because the law recognizes that property is less important than people. This is not analogous to a burglary because a government building is categorically different than a private residence. When people occupy a government building the police have the right to evict them, but they also have the obligation to use less than lethal force. That is why people that broke into the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon last summer were shot with rubber bullets, bean bags, tear gas, and other usually non-lethal objects because the threat they posed to the building did not create a threat to the lives of the officers defending it. Had the U.S. Marshals defending the courthouse fired a live round into the crowd we would have reached the same conclusion that we have reached in this case so far.


UPDATE: Video has surfaced showing the shooter lying in wait in a doorway to the far left https://copblaster.com/blast/34383/capitol-hill-shooter-caught-on-camera-lying-in-wait-for-ashli-babbitt

Even if the officer was armed with nothing more than a gun, he or she still should have fired a warning shot. You can see that there is a hallway on the other side of the door. The shooter was probably towards the end of that hallway. The shooter should have tried firing a warning shot into the ceiling or the wall above the door. That probably would have deterred her from moving any closer. It would have deterred most people at least. She obvious was far enough away from the cop that the cop can't be seen on camera, so the cop had other options.

We would like to know if the Capitol Police were equipped with rubber bullets, tasers, or other less lethal alternatives. People have been saying to us that they don't have rubber bullets. They might be right. That would make this just the latest death that could have been prevented by properly equipping law enforcement with alternative to bullets.


One recent example of poorly equipped cops took place in Philadelphia a few months ago. We were to quick to criticize officers for not tasing Walter Wallace Jr., but later we learned that the department failed to issue them tasers. Learn more about that at https://copblaster.com/blast/26024/philadelphia-police-shocker-officers-dont-carry-stun-guns

cJmmz338 Says:

This woman was a veteran, someones daughter, Mom, who served this country and was not violent, whoever shot her needs absolutely charged with murder!!! These dumb ass cops firing off weapons on unarmed civilians is unacceptable and have taken life, what about rubber bullets or tasers ? These stupid fucks training goes out the window because they have no balls and are in fear , or just straight wanted to kill to make a point. Remember, live by the gun die by the gun cock sucker, may your last breath be in a pool of blood while your family watches on! Fuck You!

Compare this to the situation in Portland, Oregon tonight where police Tweeted that protesters had broken windows and were trying to pry open doors at the county courthouse. None of them were shot.

She was making out with a black guy in her Twitter profile picture, so she probably was not a white supremacist https://twitter.com/Ashli_Babbitt she also identified as a Libertarian.

ShotSpotter Says:

It looks like she stuck her head up above the others before she was shot by someone on the other side of the door. At first I though it might have been one of the cops on the same side, but they did not have a clear line of sight, so none of the faces from the video or the picture could be the shooter except possibly the ones that are not in the video, but that possibility is remote.


I agree with the author here. Her actions did not appear to justify lethal force.

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