U.S. Capitol Police have formally exonerated an officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6.

“USCP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) determined the officer’s conduct was lawful and within Department policy, which says an officer may use deadly force only when the officer reasonably believes that action is in the defense of human life, including the officer’s own life, or in the defense of any person in immediate danger of serious physical injury,” Capitol Police said in a statement.

The officer, who remains unidentified, will not face disciplinary action.

Their actions “potentially saved Members and staff from serious injury and possible death from a large crowd of rioters who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol and to the House Chamber where Members and staff were steps away,” Capitol Police said in the release.

“If the doors were breached, the rioters would have immediate access to the House Chambers. The officer’s actions were consistent with the officer’s training and USCP policies and procedures,” the agency continued.

Babbitt was shot as she tried to enter the Speaker’s gallery just off the House floor in the Capitol on Jan. 6. A group of people who had stormed the building had slammed through a window to the gallery, and Babbitt was climbing through that space.

The officer fired one shot, hitting Babbitt in the left shoulder.

Federal prosecutors announced in April that they would not be pursuing charges against the officer, saying in a statement that officials determined there was “insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”

“Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement at the time.

Babbitt has been viewed by some on the right as a martyr, including by former President Trump, who claimed in July that the officer who shot the 35-year-old had “no reason” to shoot her.

Monday’s release from USCP notes the officer “and the officer’s family have been the subject of numerous credible and specific threats for actions that were taken as part of the job of all our officers: defending the Congress, Members, staff and the democratic process.”

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  1. Absolute fucking disgrace. We already know who the officer was, and the only reason there will be no charges is because the officer is black and the unarmed person was white. We all know the truth.

    1. “….an officer may use deadly force only when the officer reasonably believes that action is in the defense of human life, including the officer’s own life, or the defense of any person in immediate danger of serious physical injury,” What pablum! This officer, in what way, thought his life or the life of another was in danger from some 130 lb UNARMED woman? Below is what anyone schooled in the use of ‘lethal’ weapons would tell you after viewing just the side view of that shooting:
      Everyone, but especially anyone “investigating” this shooting, should view the video Laura Ingraham presented on her program. It clearly showed the shot that killed the AF Vet. The shooter is a black man, but it is not clear in what capacity he was serving. The following is ‘my theory,’ and if true a possible reason little has been forthcoming about this “shooting.” My thinking is based on being involved with firearms my entire life, including a 20-year career in the Marine Corps. In that video, you initially see the ‘shooter’ pointing his handgun at people to his right that is closest to him. He then swings his arms/aim to the left towards his center and just as he stops that movement the shot is made striking the unarmed Vet (in the neck, not “center mass” as instructed!). There is much to know about what is going on in this sequence. When you play the video in slo-mo, you can see the shooter, even in his initial aim, before starting to change the point of aim, has his trigger finger fully engaged with the BOOM actuator (trigger). This single fact is a violation of proper handgun operation/safety! Unless you are immediately prepared to destroy what you are aiming at, intending to shoot, that finger remains OUTSIDE the trigger guard resting on the slide NOT even the guard. WHY? Because when ON that trigger you are +-5 lbs of pressure from releasing something you CANNOT CALL BACK! The human body pumps out a HEAVY dose of adrenaline when perceiving a possible Life or Death encounter, even folk having experienced such still have to deal with that. Two things are guaranteed, especially for a first-timer, you get tunnel vision and lose fine motor skills (amount of ‘felt’ pressure being applied to a firearm’s trigger), that adrenaline rush that is married to the fight or flight response. I contend that this gunny did NOT INTEND to shoot the woman, and probably was not even aware that he had released the shot. He was so amped up that swinging that handgun and stopping it was all the extra, unfelt, pressure needed to launch that un-recallable shot! BTW, this is by far NOT the first time an ‘unintentional discharge’ under duress has occurred. To illustrate: Three police officers had a suspect captured, two officers had him face down on the concrete, hands behind his back, applying the cuffs. The third officer standing about 8-10 feet away was pointing her weapon in the direction of the three, her two pals, and the perp, who was now all but in handcuffs. The real “gunnies” of us watching the video we’re waiting for the BOOM! WHY? That officer still pointing her gun in the direction of the three had ‘her BOOM actuator’ fully on that bullet launcher. She also appeared to be still amped up over whatever went down in getting this perp down, and the BOOM came – by God’s Grace, nobody got dead or even shot, the bullet hit the concrete just slightly in front of and to the right of those three still on the ground! Hopefully, that officer only rides a desk now and is unarmed!! Hated phrase, the bottom line for this shooter is, at what point did he think ‘his life was in immediate mortal danger’ that would have induced him to “intentionally” discharge that weapon? That is what every CCW licensee would HAVE TO articulate to a judge if, God forbid, we have to shoot anyone!! Further info has been revealed about this Officer. He is reported to be the same officer that had left his loaded firearm in the Capitol building men’s room, only returned when discovered by another individual. There is at least one photo of the Officer carrying a load of paperwork(?) in his left arm with his firearm drawn and held in his right hand before he shoots the AF Vet – the view indicates his finger is already engaged with the trigger, and his fellow officers in ‘front’ of him are unknowingly in real danger! Ashli Babbitt’s life may have been spared at the expense of a Capitol Police officer’s life if this incompetent officer had stumbled or fell, or just INADVERTENTLY mashed that trigger. All indicators say that this “officer” is still on the job, ARMED, but at least should ONLY be riding a desk UNARMED, and at best facing the same charges the female officer who mistook her firearm for her taser which resulted in the killing of a resisting perp! As far as ‘believing’ this was any kind of useful investigation of a ‘wrongfull killing’ of an unarmed individual, as John Stossel would say, “GIVE ME A BREAK!”

  2. My own observation is that the officers did not do their jobs, if they had no one would have got onside the building. Why was this woman singled out of so many easier targets. The elected officials saying they felt threatened shows what kind of people work for us ( thats what they are supposed to do, I know it don’t look like it now ) I don’t know but it was stated the doors had to be opened from inside. I think it’s another set up job to hide what they don’t want us to see. Each day just gets worse. WE NEED HELP NOW!!!!
    the old marine

  3. Ashli Babbitt was MURDERED on Jan 6th. No ones life was in danger, she was unarmed, and the capital police officer should have been held accountable for his actions.

    1. Held accountable in the same manner as the woman police officer having mistaken her firearm for her taser resulting in the death of a resisting perp!

  4. Police Officers are not trained to shoot people they view as threats in the shoulder, so either this Officer is an incompetent shot (thus an incompetent Officer), or was just randomly firing into the crowd (while probably pissing his/her pants), and definitely not a competent Officer.
    If the identity of this person is ever disclosed, they should probably go into the Witness Protection Program, and quickly.
    After the U. S. Attorneys comments, this is obviously a cover up.

  5. Exonerated?!! I think not,instead he NOW has a target on his back and there are a whole lot of people more than willing to collect on it! I hope he doesn’t rely on the government to protect him because he’s liable to find that hilary’s crack team is his,”protection”! Either way,he’s a dead man walking!

  6. The first thing is how can he and his family get threats if no one knows who he is. Then we should have the right to protect American citizens lives I think we should kill every capital police one at a time until one of them give this pus bag of chit to hang him in front of the capital where the rest of democraps should be next to him pay back time is coming

  7. “….an officer may use deadly force only when the officer reasonably believes that action is in the defense of human life, including the officer’s own life, or the defense of any person in immediate danger of serious physical injury,” What pablum! This officer, in what way, thought his life or the life of another was in danger from some 130 lb UNARMED woman? Below is what anyone schooled in the use of ‘lethal’ weapons would tell you after viewing just the side view of that shooting:
    Everyone, but especially anyone “investigating” this shooting, should view the video Laura Ingraham presented on her program. It clearly showed the shot that killed the AF Vet. The shooter is a black man, but it is not clear in what capacity he was serving. The following is ‘my theory,’ and if true a possible reason little has been forthcoming about this “shooting.” My thinking is based on being involved with firearms my entire life, including a 20-year career in the Marine Corps. In that video, you initially see the ‘shooter’ pointing his handgun at people to his right that is closest to him. He then swings his arms/aim to the left towards his center and just as he stops that movement the shot is made striking the unarmed Vet (in the neck, not “center mass” as instructed!). There is much to know about what is going on in this sequence. When you play the video in slo-mo, you can see the shooter, even in his initial aim, before starting to change the point of aim, has his trigger finger fully engaged with the BOOM actuator (trigger). This single fact is a violation of proper handgun operation/safety! Unless you are immediately prepared to destroy what you are aiming at, intending to shoot, that finger remains OUTSIDE the trigger guard resting on the slide NOT even the guard. WHY? Because when ON that trigger you are +-5 lbs of pressure from releasing something you CANNOT CALL BACK! The human body pumps out a HEAVY dose of adrenaline when perceiving a possible Life or Death encounter, even folk having experienced such still have to deal with that. Two things are guaranteed, especially for a first-timer, you get tunnel vision and lose fine motor skills (amount of ‘felt’ pressure being applied to a firearm’s trigger), that adrenaline rush that is married to the fight or flight response. I contend that this gunny did NOT INTEND to shoot the woman, and probably was not even aware that he had released the shot. He was so amped up that swinging that handgun and stopping it was all the extra, unfelt, pressure needed to launch that un-recallable shot! BTW, this is by far NOT the first time an ‘unintentional discharge’ under duress has occurred. To illustrate: Three police officers had a suspect captured, two officers had him face down on the concrete, hands behind his back, applying the cuffs. The third officer standing about 8-10 feet away was pointing her weapon in the direction of the three, her two pals, and the perp, who was now all but in handcuffs. The real “gunnies” of us watching the video we’re waiting for the BOOM! WHY? That officer still pointing her gun in the direction of the three had ‘her BOOM actuator’ fully on that bullet launcher. She also appeared to be still amped up over whatever went down in getting this perp down, and the BOOM came – by God’s Grace, nobody got dead or even shot, the bullet hit the concrete just slightly in front of and to the right of those three still on the ground! Hopefully, that officer only rides a desk now and is unarmed!! Hated phrase, the bottom line for this shooter is, at what point did he think ‘his life was in immediate mortal danger’ that would have induced him to “intentionally” discharge that weapon? That is what every CCW licensee would HAVE TO articulate to a judge if, God forbid, we have to shoot anyone!! Further info has been revealed about this Officer. He is reported to be the same officer that had left his loaded firearm in the Capitol building men’s room, only returned when discovered by another individual. There is at least one photo of the Officer carrying a load of paperwork(?) in his left arm with his firearm drawn and held in his right hand before he shoots the AF Vet – the view indicates his finger is already engaged with the trigger, and his fellow officers in ‘front’ of him are unknowingly in real danger! Ashli Babbitt’s life may have been spared at the expense of a Capitol Police officer’s life if this incompetent officer had stumbled or fell, or just INADVERTENTLY mashed that trigger. All indicators say that this “officer” is still on the job, ARMED, but at least should ONLY be riding a desk UNARMED, and at best facing the same charges the female officer who mistook her firearm for her taser which resulted in the killing of a resisting perp! As far as ‘believing’ this was any kind of useful investigation of a ‘wrongful killing’ of an unarmed individual, as John Stossel would say, “GIVE ME A BREAK!”

  8. “….an officer may use deadly force only when the officer reasonably believes that action is in the defense of human life, including the officer’s own life, or the defense of any person in immediate danger of serious physical injury,” What pablum! This officer, in what way, thought his life or the life of another was in danger from some 130 lb UNARMED woman? Below is what anyone schooled in the use of ‘lethal’ weapons would tell you after viewing just the side view of that shooting:
    Everyone, but especially anyone “investigating” this shooting, should view the video Laura Ingraham presented on her program. It clearly showed the shot that killed the AF Vet. The shooter is a black man, but it is not clear in what capacity he was serving. The following is ‘my theory,’ and if true a possible reason little has been forthcoming about this “shooting.” My thinking is based on being involved with firearms my entire life, including a 20-year career in the Marine Corps. In that video, you initially see the ‘shooter’ pointing his handgun at people to his right that is closest to him. He then swings his arms/aim to the left towards his center and just as he stops that movement the shot is made striking the unarmed Vet (in the neck, not “center mass” as instructed!). There is much to know about what is going on in this sequence. When you play the video in slo-mo, you can see the shooter, even in his initial aim, before starting to change the point of aim, has his trigger finger fully engaged with the BOOM actuator (trigger). This single fact is a violation of proper handgun operation/safety! Unless you are immediately prepared to destroy what you are aiming at, intending to shoot, that finger remains OUTSIDE the trigger guard resting on the slide NOT even the guard. WHY? Because when ON that trigger you are +-5 lbs of pressure from releasing something you CANNOT CALL BACK! The human body pumps out a HEAVY dose of adrenaline when perceiving a possible Life or Death encounter, even folk having experienced such still have to deal with that. Two things are guaranteed, especially for a first-timer, you get tunnel vision and lose fine motor skills (amount of ‘felt’ pressure being applied to a firearm’s trigger), that adrenaline rush that is married to the fight or flight response. I contend that this gunny did NOT INTEND to shoot the woman, and probably was not even aware that he had released the shot. He was so amped up that swinging that handgun and stopping it was all the extra, unfelt, pressure needed to launch that un-recallable shot! BTW, this is by far NOT the first time an ‘unintentional discharge’ under duress has occurred. To illustrate: Three police officers had a suspect captured, two officers had him face down on the concrete, hands behind his back, applying the cuffs. The third officer standing about 8-10 feet away was pointing her weapon in the direction of the three, her two pals, and the perp, who was now all but in handcuffs. The real “gunnies” of us watching the video we’re waiting for the BOOM! WHY? That officer still pointing her gun in the direction of the three had ‘her BOOM actuator’ fully on that bullet launcher. She also appeared to be still amped up over whatever went down in getting this perp down, and the BOOM came – by God’s Grace, nobody got dead or even shot, the bullet hit the concrete just slightly in front of and to the right of those three still on the ground! Hopefully, that officer only rides a desk now and is unarmed!! Hated phrase, the bottom line for this shooter is, at what point did he think ‘his life was in immediate mortal danger’ that would have induced him to “intentionally” discharge that weapon? That is what every CCW licensee would HAVE TO articulate to a judge if, God forbid, we have to shoot anyone!! Further info has been revealed about this Officer. He is reported to be the same officer that had left his loaded firearm in the Capitol building men’s room, only returned when discovered by another individual. There is at least one photo of the Officer carrying a load of paperwork(?) in his left arm with his firearm drawn and held in his right hand before he shoots the AF Vet – the view indicates his finger is already engaged with the trigger, and his fellow officers in ‘front’ of him are unknowingly in real danger! Ashli Babbitt’s life may have been spared at the expense of a Capitol Police officer’s life if this incompetent officer had stumbled or fell, or just INADVERTENTLY mashed that trigger. All indicators say that this “officer” is still on the job, ARMED, but at least should ONLY be riding a desk UNARMED, and at best facing the same charges the female officer who mistook her firearm for her taser which resulted in the killing of a resisting perp! As far as ‘believing’ this was any kind of useful investigation of a ‘wrongfull killing’ of an unarmed individual, as John Stossel would say, “GIVE ME A BREAK!”

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