No charges recommended for officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during Capitol riot, source says
Investigators have determined that the Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashley Babbitt during the US Capitol riots should not be charged with any crimes, a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told NBC News.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that police investigators recommended that the officer not be charged, although the US attorney’s office will make the final decision on the matter.
Babbitt, 35, a veteran of the Air Force and an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump, was killed during the storming of the Capitol on January 6.
The pro-Trump rioters wanted to stop endorsing President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election and were threatening members of Congress and then Vice President Mike Pence, who were evacuated as the mob approached the Capitol and eventually inside it. Building.
Videos show rioters entering the building smashing glass doors near the House of Representatives room, being randomly blocked from inside with chairs in an attempt to prevent mobs from entering. When Babbitt tried to climb through shattered glass, she was killed by a Capitol cop who shot her once.
The officer, Mark E. Shamil, the officer, who has not been identified by the Capitol police or investigators, “has used force clearly and appropriately. He’s not even a close contact attorney.”
The only thing separating a mob from members of Congress is broken doors and a lack of officers, he stressed. “I think it was his heroism and his self-control that saved lives,” Shamil told NBC News.