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Biden’s DOJ Announces No Charges for Officer Who Shot and Killed Military Vet in Capitol

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The Department of Justice has announced that the U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, a military veteran and a supporter of former President Donald Trump, will not face any charges relating to her Jan. 6 death.

Without naming the officer, who has remained anonymous since shooting Babbitt in a hallway at the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for District of Columbia issued a media release Wednesday clearing the officer of any wrongdoing and announced it was closing the book on the California woman.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, the Office announced today,” the office said in the release.

The department said it came to the decision not to charge the unnamed officer after a joint investigation from the D.C attorney’s office and the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division.

“Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy,” the media release said. “Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”

The DOJ said it informed Babbitt’s family of the decision before the information was made public.

The department added that its months-long investigation “was to determine whether federal prosecutors could prove that the officer violated any federal laws” in order to establish if prosecutors could prove the unnamed Capitol Police officer who shot Babbitt “acted willfully to deprive Ms. Babbitt of a right protected by the Constitution or other law, here the Fourth Amendment right not to be subjected to an unreasonable seizure.”

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