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Jonathan Turley: Statements By Capitol Police Officer Who Killed Ashli Babbitt ‘Demolish the Two Official Reviews That Cleared Him’

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She got exactly what she deserved. If she were not there, it would not have happened.
Dumb as dogshit
Presume you mean all that “did not belong there” warranted murdering?
 

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Yes, she was protesting just like BLM and antifa. She was killed for protesting. Too bad she wasn't a Black leftist because then she would be excused.
So, you’d mourn any BLM protesters that died, like those executed by Kyle Rittenhouse?
 

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First, let us establish for this old old worn out topic that: Ashley is still dead.
May her family find peace.
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OK, with that behind us let's look at the following assertions:

Babbitt was a true American Patriot.
Ummmm, I dunno.
Violently breaking into the Capitol of the United States of America as part of an angry mob in order to stop or interrupt the official proceedings of the legitimate government of those same United States.....well, that ain't exactly 'patriotism'. In my humble opinion.

But you be you.
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"...when they have probable cause to believe a suspect poses an imminent threat of serious bodily harm and when a dangerous suspect of a crime involving the infliction of serious physical injury is attempting to flee."

Well, clearly DOA Babbitt was not attempting to flee.
So she didn't qualify on that particular qualifier.
But she nailed the others.
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So, you’d mourn any BLM protesters that died, like those executed by Kyle Rittenhouse?
Kyle didn't execute anyone, short bus.
 

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First, let us establish for this old old worn out topic that: Ashley is still dead.
May her family find peace.
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OK, with that behind us let's look at the following assertions:

Ummmm, I dunno.
Violently breaking into the Capitol of the United States of America as part of an angry mob in order to stop or interrupt the official proceedings of the legitimate government of those same United States.....well, that ain't exactly 'patriotism'. In my humble opinion.

But you be you.
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Well, clearly DOA Babbitt was not attempting to flee.
So she didn't qualify on that particular qualifier.
But she nailed the others.
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There were many colonialists that supported the King and opposed the American Revolution. They viewed the "Patriots" in the same way as democrats view those who stormed the Capitol. Democrats are the enemy of Liberty.
 

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(Patriots) "...... those who stormed the Capitol.

Ah, good poster BS.
You need read a bit more about American history.
Beating the merde' out of uniformed Capitol police on January 6th, and then smearing your poo on the walls of the Capitol of the United States of America is not the same as April 1775 at Lexington.
Trust me.

Good luck.
 

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Ah, good poster BS.
You need read a bit more about American history.
Beating the merde' out of uniformed Capitol police on January 6th, and then smearing your poo on the walls of the Capitol of the United States of America is not the same as April 1775 at Lexington.
Trust me.

Good luck.
I'm sure the Patriots of 1776 did a lot of unmentionable things.
 

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"I'm sure the Patriots of 1776 did a lot of unmentionable things."

Ummm, OK. I guess, but........

.....but are you saying that stomping on the Capitol police on January 6th, spearing them with flagpoles, MACE-ing 'em in the face, is OK because 245+ years ago some unnamed individuals did something as bad or worse?

Please explain to the forum that you think that alleged actions in the late 18th century justified 140+ cops being injured on January 6th by a mob of blokes who were mad that their candidate lost an election in the America of today.

Is that your considered and responsible suggestion to this forum?
 

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Ummm, OK. I guess, but........

.....but are you saying that stomping on the Capitol police on January 6th, spearing them with flagpoles, MACE-ing 'em in the face, is OK because 245+ years ago some unnamed individuals did something as bad or worse?

Please explain to the forum that you think that alleged actions in the late 18th century justified 140+ cops being injured on January 6th by a mob of blokes who were mad that their candidate lost an election in the America of today.

Is that your considered and responsible suggestion to this forum?
They were angry because they believed that the democrat party cheated. They weren't angry at the Constitution or the Capitol. Get it?
 

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I'm sure the Patriots of 1776 did a lot of unmentionable things.
The true patriots were the officers who tried to keep disloyal insurrectionists out of the people’s house.
 

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And Ashli Babbit wasn’t murdered. She was the victim of her own stupidity.
She was unarmed. Coward shot an unarmed woman. Kyle had the right to self-defense. You're quite confused.
 

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This was not trespassing. They were trying to break the door down and unlawfully gain access. Others were threatening to hang Mike Pence. That is what Republicans are trying to do.

You didn't answer the question.

And it was trespassing as that's the type of crime most of them are being charged with.
 

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Jonathan Turley:

“Under Byrd’s interpretation, hundreds of rioters could have been gunned down on Jan. 6.”
29 Aug 2021 ~~ By Stacey Matthews
Numerous aspects of what unfolded during the Capitol riot have been hotly debated in the months since it happened, but few have been as contentious and emotional as the debate over the officer-involved shooting death of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt.
The 35-year-old Air Force veteran was shot and killed by Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd on January 6th after she tried to climb through a glass-paneled door after parts of it had been shattered by another rioter, identified as Zachary Jordan Alam.
Babbitt, who reportedly had been standing next to Alam, was shot.
n April, the Biden Department of Justice announced they had closed the investigation into the fatal shooting and would not be pursuing criminal charges against Byrd, citing “insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”
Just last week, the Capitol Police confirmed a report from NBC News that they had exonerated Byrd, a 28-year veteran of the force. They stated in a press release that Byrd – who they did not name – “will not be facing internal discipline” because in their view Byrd’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.”
On the heels of the USCP exonerating Byrd, he did an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt, identifying himself publicly for the first time.
Instead of clearing things up, the interview only intensified the debate over his actions and whether they were justified. Here’s a key moment from their back and forth:
Video shot by a person in the crowd showed two officers posted in front of the door. Heavily outnumbered, they eventually stepped aside.​
Byrd said he had no knowledge that any officers were there. Because of the furniture stacked on his side of the door, he also couldn’t make out how many people were on the other side or whether they were carrying weapons.​
“It was impossible for me to see what was on the other side,” he said.​
But he did see the person now known to be Babbitt start coming through the broken glass.​
“I could not fully see her hands or what was in the backpack or what the intentions are,” Byrd said. “But they had shown violence leading up to that point.”​
Byrd, who says he has been in hiding since that day and has faced death threats, told Holt it was the first time he’d ever fired his weapon.
Watch an edited version of the interview below:
The extended interview can be viewed here.
Georgetown University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley, who has long been a critic of official media narratives surrounding the shooting, said that instead of confirming that the respective decisions by the DOJ and the Capitol Police not to pursue action against Byrd were the right ones to make that Byrd “proceeded to demolish the two official reviews that cleared him” after he admitted he could not determine whether Babbitt was armed:
He expanded on his opinion in a piece published at The Hill:
While the Supreme Court, in cases such as Graham v. Connor, has said that courts must consider “the facts and circumstances of each particular case,” it has emphasized that lethal force must be used only against someone who is “an immediate threat to the safety of the officers or others, and … is actively resisting arrest or attempting to evade arrest by flight.” Particularly with armed assailants, the standard governing “imminent harm” recognizes that these decisions must often be made in the most chaotic and brief encounters.
Under these standards, police officers should not shoot unarmed suspects or rioters without a clear threat to themselves or fellow officers.
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Legal experts and the media have avoided the obvious implications of the two reviews in the Babbitt shooting. Under this standard, hundreds of rioters could have been gunned down on Jan. 6 — and officers in cities such as Seattle or Portland, Ore., could have killed hundreds of violent protesters who tried to burn courthouses, took over city halls or occupied police stations during last summer’s widespread rioting. In all of those protests, a small number of activists from both political extremes showed up prepared for violence and pushed others to riot. According to the DOJ’s Byrd review, officers in those cities would not have been required to see a weapon in order to use lethal force in defending buildings.
I’m not a legal analyst, but I think Turley makes some good points here.



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Not a single officer at the Capitol that day was threatened with deadly force. If they had been, other rioters would have been shot. “Context” shows that the officer’s lives were not in danger, and no other officer present thought that they were. This includes the officers who had their guns drawn right alongside Byrd; even they did not fire.
Someone crawling through a broken window? Haul them through, put them in zip ties, pass them to another officer to take away, or tell them to sit down and don’t move. Byrd was not a homeowner at night in the dark, defending his home while alone. He was a trained LEO, with armed fellow officers by his side, and still had a barrier between himself and other rioters, who were not known to have been armed (and were, in fact, not armed).
Please note the following:
Byrd violated the Rules of Engagement of both the Military and Law Enforcement. Had a soldier shot a unarmed civilian under the same circumstances he would have been court martialed.
In incidents involving police shootings, LEO's have been prosecuted for shooting supposed unarmed perpetrators, yet in this case there is no indictment or real investigation. The justification of the murder of Ashli Babbitt is purely political and Byrd has virtually gotten away with murder.
Succinctly said. If Byrd were White and Babbitt were Black, there would have been riots, arson and looting. Personally, I would like him to receive justice.
I like Turley and he's a great lawyer but he's absolutely wrong here.

Babbit was the first to breach the barrier crawling through the broken out window. Under the circumstances that was all the justification necessary.

When facing a mob trying to break through a barrier the rule is to shoot the first person through to stop the breach which of course is what happened here. As soon as she was shot the rest of the crowd ceased their attempts to break into the Speaker's Lobby.
 

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Not a single officer at the Capitol that day was threatened with deadly force. If they had been, other rioters would have been shot. “Context” shows that the officer’s lives were not in danger, and no other officer present thought that they were. This includes the officers who had their guns drawn right alongside Byrd; even they did not fire.
That certainly isn't true. Deadly force is any force which a reasonable person would believe may cause them great bodily harm or death.

There were near endless examples of people using that level of force that day.

Officers will generally not use deadly force simply because the situation would justify it if they can achieve their goal using any other level of force.
 
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That certainly isn't true. Deadly force is any force which a reasonable person would believe may cause them great bodily harm or death.

There were near endless examples of people using that level of force that day.

Officers will generally not use deadly force simply because the situation would justify it if they can achieve their goal using any other level of force.

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Are you claiming that the actions taken by Michael Byrd in shooting Ashley Babbitt is and was legal?
 

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Was Babbitt an FBI agent or was she Antifa?

No one has ever explained.

It is my understanding the riot was Antifa and FBI.
 

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