The $30 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by Ashli Babbitt’s family against the government sheds light once again on the tragic incident that took place on January 6, 2021. Babbitt, the sole fatality during the Capitol riot, was shot and killed by Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd as she attempted to climb through a broken door into the Speaker’s Lobby outside the House Chamber. The lawsuit contends that Babbitt was unarmed and had her hands raised when she was fatally shot, refuting the assertion that she posed a threat to anyone’s safety.
The family’s lawsuit accuses Lt. Byrd of ambushing Ashli Babbitt and contends that he wasn’t in uniform, failed to identify himself as a law enforcement officer, and neglected to issue a warning before using lethal force. These claims raise concerns about the circumstances surrounding her death, especially given reports that Lt. Byrd was cleared without being interviewed, despite Capitol Police stating that his actions adhered to departmental policies on using deadly force.
Amidst the Capitol riot fallout, the liberal media has seemingly downplayed Babbitt’s shooting, possibly due to the complexities surrounding the incident. The Left’s portrayal of the January 6 riot as a pivotal moment in history, likening it to events like Pearl Harbor or 9/11, doesn’t align with the general perspective. Many viewed it as an inconvenience rather than an existential threat. However, the Democrats’ ongoing efforts to disqualify Donald Trump from ballots nationwide, despite lacking charges of insurrection, raise questions about who truly poses a threat to the country.
This wrongful death lawsuit represents the family’s quest for closure, seeking justice by bringing the case to the federal docket. The circumstances surrounding Ashli Babbitt’s death continue to be a matter of contention, highlighting the complexities and differing perceptions of the Capitol riot’s aftermath.