Preliminary Investigators Decline to Recommend Criminal Charges in Police Shooting of Unarmed Trump Supporter Ashli Babbit

Preliminary investigators aren’t recommending that criminal charges be filed in regards to the January 6th shooting of Ashli Babbitt, a pro-Trump protestor who was shot and killed inside the US Capitol during the raucous protest that day.

The Justice Department, which has the jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute crimes that occur at the Capitol, is currently investigating the circumstances of the shooting. Sources familiar with the matter indicated to the Wall Street Journal that federal officials are not recommending criminal charges, although the DOJ is still investigating.

Eyewitness accounts of the police shooting indicate that Babbitt, a 35-year old Air Force veteran from California with 14 years of service, had been climbing through a broken window to an area of the Capitol protected from riotous trespassers during the raucous protest. Babbitt was shot once in the head. It’s unclear if Babbitt was so much as even warned by the plainclothes police officer who shot her. Read more…

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