Ashli Babbitt’s husband wants answers regarding her death. So does an army of MAGAs who feel that her death, shot by a Capitol Police Officer as she entered the Speaker’s Lobby, outside the House Chambers, through a broken glass pane, was unjustified. Now Tucker Carlson is pointing them in the direction of one officer.
Carlson never named the officer, and searching right-wing and conspiracy social media finds that MAGAs already have a theory about who he was. However, for any who might have missed it, Carlson names another news story that features one particular officer, who Aaron Babbitt and his attorney believe may have fired the fatal shot.
Babbitt is suing to have the identity of the officer who shot his wife released. He says that he’s upset at the way she’s been characterized, and that everyone who met her loved her, and complains of unspecified “social media theories” that he thinks portray her unfairly.
There is video footage of Ashli Babbitt climbing through a broken glass pane at the moment she was shot.
However, there’s a movement seeking what they call “justice” for her death, and Carlson helpfully pointed them in the direction of the officer some blame for it.
“There have been reports online that seem credible, I don’t know if they’re true, that the Capitol Hill Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt — I’m not going to mention the name — was the same officer who left his loaded handgun in a public men’s room…”
Even Carlson seems to realize he’s skating mighty close to doxxing this officer, when it’s clear that a mob of people who have reason to be angry at him have already shown their propensity for violence and are seeking his name. He stops himself short of naming the officer, but gives any curious (or vengeful) viewers an easy point of reference to find it.
Attorney Terrell Roberts affirms that he believes this officer — now unnamed but essentially identified — is the shooter, and he, Carlson, and Babbitt agree that they just can’t figure out or get any answers on why Ashli Babbitt was shot, or why the officer has not been publicly identified.
The Department of Justice, incidentally, investigated, and determined that the shooting occurred only after officers attempted to use barricades to keep insurrectionists out, and three officers were actually forced to evacuate their positions.
“As members of the mob continued to strike the glass doors, Ms. Babbitt attempted to climb through one of the doors where glass was broken out. An officer inside the Speaker’s Lobby fired one round from his service pistol, striking Ms. Babbitt in the left shoulder, causing her to fall back from the doorway and onto the floor.”
Despite the continued presence of the mob, officers administered aid and had Babbitt transported for medical care. This all took place in the Speaker’s Lobby, directly outside the House Chambers, where lawmakers were at that time sheltering and being evacuated for their safety.
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