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The chief medical examiner in Washington, D.C., confirmed in April the causes and manners of death of four people who died during the Jan. 6 Capitol protest.
Two of the four deaths were ruled natural, one an accident and the fourth a homicide, WTOP reported. Ashli Babbitt is the person that was murdered.
Image from the report below:
This made Babbit main news amongst Trump supporters and speculation started again about Babbit’s shooter.
The Biden Justice Department announced last month it had closed the investigation into the homicide death of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt that took place inside the Capitol during the January 6 protest while Congress was meeting in joint session to certify the November presidential election in favor of Joe Biden. Babbitt, who was unarmed, was shot and killed without apparent warning by a plainclothes Capitol Police officer as she climbed through a broken window in a door at the Speaker’s Lobby.
The name of the officer was not released.
However, last month the Right Journalism reported about an alleged picture of the shooter, they couldn’t verify if that is indeed the shooter but the bracelet of beads on the person’s hand is the same a the man that shoots the decorated Airforce veteran Babbit.
Also last month, Independent journalist Tayler Hansen made an announcement on Twitter revealing the identity of Lieutenant Byrd.
According to Hansen, the picture below was taken from Mike Byrd’s LinkedIn. He has since been almost completely scrubbed from the internet.
Mike Byrd is currently not working and is not staying at his residence either.
The shooter’s identity hasn’t been fully confirmed but Lieutenant Michael Leroy Byrd was once involved in a situation where he made the headlines.
According to Fox News back in 2019, a U.S. Capitol police officer was under review after somehow left his Glock 22 pistol inside the bathroom of the structure’s visitor center.
Lt. Mike Byrd forgot to take the weapon with him upon leaving the restroom and it was found “during a routine security sweep” later in the day, officials told Roll Call.
“The Department takes these matters very seriously, and has a very thorough process to investigate and review incidents such as these, and holds personnel accountable for their actions,” Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said. “Following the investigation’s conclusion, appropriate actions will be taken in accordance with the Department’s official policies and procedures.”
Byrd is the leader of the House Chambers section of the department and was reportedly back on the job in the days after the incident. He allegedly told his colleagues he “will be treated differently” because of his rank, sources told Roll Call, although it wasn’t immediately clear what he may have meant by the comment.
These allegations are similar to the one that Law and Crime reported about where a U.S. Capitol protester from Texas said that he brought a rope with him to Congress on Jan. 6 threatened days later to lynch a Black police officer that he believed fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, federal prosecutors wrote in a legal brief last month. The startling allegation surfaced in court papers against 34-year-old Garret Miller, whom prosecutors want to keep behind bars pending trial.
The DOJ Refusing to File Charges
The Department of Justice (DOJ) will not pursue charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer who allegedly shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 protest (sic) in Washington, D.C., officials announced Apr. 14th.
An investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia determined “that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,” the department said in a statement.
Authorities had considered for months whether criminal charges were appropriate for the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Babbitt, 35, an Air Force veteran from San Diego. The Justice Department’s decision, though expected, officially closes out the investigation.
Prosecutors said they had reviewed video of the shooting, along with statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses, examined physical evidence from the scene and reviewed the autopsy results.
“Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber,” prosecutors said.
Babbitt Family Suing Capitol Police for Murder
An attorney for the family of fatally shot Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt detailed plans Monday to sue Capitol Police on behalf of the Babbitt family, arguing that the officer in question has not been charged for alleged use of excessive force because of the politics surrounding the case.
Babbit, 35, was unarmed when she was shot on Jan. 6 by Capitol Police during the breach of the Capitol. She died of a gunshot wound to the left shoulder, according to the D.C. Medical Examiner’s office.
The Department of Justice announced earlier this month that the officer who fatally shot Babbitt will not be charged in her death. The officer’s name has never been made public.
Attorney Terry Roberts told Newsmax on Monday that Babbitt has not received justice due to the politics of the case and her open support for former President Donald Trump. The attorney will be pursuing a civil action on behalf of the family alleging a violation of Babbitt’s constitutional rights, he said.
“I’m handling the civil action that will be filed, that’s my role,” Roberts said. “The family and I were disappointed in the Department of Justice’s decision on this, but my role is, really, to bring a civil action and in that way, vindicate her rights.”