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According to reports, Ashli Babbitt, a California woman who took part in the January 6 riot in the United States Capitol, was “ambushed” by a Capitol Police officer who fatally shot her as she attempted to reach the Speaker’s Lobby outside the House Chamber.
According to the Washington Examiner, the family expects to bring a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Capitol Police and the officer.
She was 36 years old.
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Terry Roberts, a police misconduct lawyer hired by Babbitt’s family, told Real Clear Investigations this week that he believes the officer didn’t give Babbitt verbal warnings before firing.
Roberts alleged, “It’s not debatable. There was no warning,”
“I would call what he did an ambush. I don’t think he’s a good officer. I think he’s reckless.”
Mark Schamel, the lawyer for the anonymous cop, has refuted Roberts’ version of events.
He revealed this to Real Clear Investigations, “It’s a false narrative that he issued no verbal commands or warnings. He was screaming, ‘Stay back! Stay back! Don’t come in here!'”
Because he was wearing a mask and the video was taken from the opposite side of the doors in a loud room, the officer’s warnings couldn’t be heard on cell phone video of the shooting, he claimed.
He added, “Lethal force is appropriate if the situation puts you or others in fear of imminent bodily harm,”
“There should be a training video on how he handled that situation. What he did was unbelievable heroism,” according to the Examiner. The officer was exonerated of misconduct by the US Justice Department in April, which determined there was insufficient evidence to pursue a criminal case.
In June, the family filed a lawsuit seeking access to camera footage and other documents relating to the incident and the officer’s identification.