The United States Capitol Police Officer who shot and killed insurrectionist Ashli Babbitt during the January 6th siege on the Capitol has been exonerated by the Department of Justice, thus ending the internal investigation into the matter, NBC News reported on Friday.
According to a memo from inside the Capitol Police’s Office of Personal Responsibility that was obtained by NBC News, the officer – whose name has not been made public – will not face any charges of wrongdoing due to his use of deadly force.
“No further action will be taken in this matter,” the memo states.
Babbitt – a veteran of the Air Force and stalwart supporter of former President Donald Trump who frequently spread conspiracy theories online – was one of five deaths that occurred as a direct result of an angry mob storming into the Capitol while Congress was certifying the Electoral College results from the 2020 election. Three of the fatalities were Capitol Police Officers who died that day. The remainder was another Capitol Police Officer who committed suicide last month. Amid the raucous, Babbitt had managed to make her way into the complex but was neutralized while attempting to break through a window in a hallway door that led to the secured area where lawmakers convene.
Trump and other conservative propagandists in recent weeks have attempted to portray Babbitt as a martyr who was fighting against sinister forces that stole the election from Trump and threatened her freedom as a white American.
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