GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer: Ashli Babbitt Was a Criminal and I’m Grateful to the Officer Who Stopped Her

During the January 6th insurrection, Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed. Babbitt, a 35 year old Air Force veteran had become radicalized online. She was shot and killed while trying to breach a window that led to the Speaker’s Lobby.

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In an effort to downplay the seriousness of the riots, Donald Trump has attempted to make Babbitt a martyr. He’s not alone. A number of GOP lawmakers want the name of the officer who shot the woman to be revealed.

Kevin Cramer, however, isn’t one of them. the South Dakota senator recently said that Babbitt was a criminal and the name of the officer should be kept under wraps.

Cramer made the comments while appearing on the Jay Thomas Show. A caller asked the senator to name the shooter. The lawmaker responded, “The person that shot her is a police officer shooting a criminal not complying with officers telling her, ‘Stop. Don’t come through that window. We have guns drawn. Don’t do it.’ They’re protecting people, and the officer was found to be innocent of any wrongdoing. So then what would be the purpose of releasing that officer’s name? What do you need to know the officer’s name for?”

After complaints from the caller, Cramer continued:

“I’m the one who personally does not think there is a right to know the name of every police officer who shoots a criminal or perpetrator, unless of course, there are charges brought or an indictment brought, or something like that. I’ll look into it to see what the law says about the release of the name. I’m just grateful for this person, quite honestly.”


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