Ashli Babbitt’s husband is demanding authorities release the name of the police officer who shot dead his wife during the US Capitol riots, saying the ‘silence is deafening’.
The Metropolitan Police Department has refused to name the officer involved and the Department of Justice announced in April they would not be pursuing charges against him.
‘Somebody in DC knows, I think a lot of people know, but nobody is telling us. And the silence is deafening,’ Babbitt, who lives in San Diego, California, said.
‘I never expected to lose my wife to political violence.’
His attorney Terrell Roberts said he believes the officer responsible for Ashli’s death is the same one who made headlines for leaving his loaded gun in a public restroom inside the Capitol in 2019.
Aaron Babbitt told Tucker Carlson on Monday that he still hasn’t been told the identity of the officer who shot dead his wife Ashli during the Capitol riots
Babbitt is now suing the Metropolitan Police Department for refusing to name the officer involved in his wife Ashli’s shooting death
That officer was placed under review but allowed to keep his job after forgetting to take his weapon when he left the bathroom.
Carlson asked Babbitt’s attorney if he thought that was reason police were hiding the identity of the officer given he was allowed to keep his job after that incident.
‘I don’t know but I think one of the reasons they are hiding his identity they don’t have a good reason for this shooting,’ Babbitt’s attorney said.
‘I think if Ashli Babbitt had been brandishing a firearm and she was shot the officer would be identified by now and pinning a medal on him.
‘So I don’t think we have an explanation for the shooting and that’s why they have not identified him.’
The Department of Justice announced in April it would not pursue criminal charges against the officer responsible for Babbitt’s death.
They have also refused to name the officer.
Babbitt is suing the Metropolitan Police Department for refusing to identify the officer.
He said the characterization of his wife following her death sickened him.
‘There has never been a person Ashli ran across in her daily life that didn’t love her and wouldn’t remember her in some way, shape or form for the rest of her life,’ he said.
‘But this is the game. This is the social media craziness that people just run with a theory and just take off with it. You know, it is up to us and the ones that love her and people like you for not giving up on it. So I appreciate that, Tucker.’
Babbitt’s attorney Terrell Roberts said he believes the officer responsible for Ashli’s death is the same one who made headlines for leaving his loaded gun in a public restroom inside the Capitol in 2019
Video footage from the riots showed Babbitt (top right) trying to enter the Speaker’s Lobby through the broken door before she was shot by an officer whose name has not been disclosed
Babbitt’s family filed the civil lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia earlier this month.
They are seeking all video footage of the shooting, as well as witness statements and documents gathered during the internal investigation.
According to the lawsuit, Babbitt’s husband filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records from the Metropolitan Police Department.
The suit claims the department failed to comply with the request by missing the May 12 deadline to provide him with the records or notify him that he would not be given access to them.
Ashli Babbitt’s family have filed a civil lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia earlier this month against the Metropolitan Police Department
The civil lawsuit is separate from a $10million wrongful death lawsuit Babbitt’s family announced they were preparing to file last month.
Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was among a large mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 in a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory.
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.
‘Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,’ the department said in a statement at the time.
Footage posted online showed Babbitt, who wearing a stars and stripes backpack, trying to climb through the broken glass window of a door into an area of the Capitol known as the Speaker’s Lobby.
The doorway was barricaded from the inside with furniture and other members of the group had tried to break through the doors, the department said.
Officials said one of the officers inside the lobby then fired one round from his service pistol, which struck Ashli once in her left shoulder and caused her to fall backwards onto the floor.
She was treated at the scene by first responders before being taken to Washington Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead.
Ashli was shot in the shoulder and treated on the scene before being rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead