Four Agencies Exonerate Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt – With NO Investigation
When Capitol Police Lieutenant Michael Byrd sat down for an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt last August, Byrd bragged that the Department of Justice, the FBI, the DC Metropolitan Police, and the US Capitol Police had all cleared him of any wrongdoing. Byrd was the cop who shot Ashli Babbitt to death on January 6, 2021, when the 5’2” and unarmed wife tried to crawl through a window at the US Capitol. Michael Byrd was not charged with a crime, demoted or disciplined in any way, despite the fact that the grotesque shooting of Ashli Babbitt looked an awful lot like a political purge video in some backwater communist regime.
But Byrd left one part out of the story. Those four agencies exonerated him – but none of them investigated the Ashli Babbitt shooting.
Byrd completely refused to cooperate with the investigation into Ashli Babbitt’s shooting death. He refused to give a statement to any of the four investigating agencies. He refused to sit down for an interview under oath with any of them. It kind of makes you wonder how all four separate agencies came up with their clean-as-a-whistle resolution for Michael Byrd.
Ashli Babbitt’s family attorney, Terry Roberts, said:
“He [Byrd] didn’t provide any statement to [criminal] investigators and they didn’t push him to make a statement. It’s astonishing how skimpy his investigative file is.”
The first official piece of paperwork on the shooting of Ashli Babbitt is an internal affairs report filed with the DC Metropolitan Police Department in January of 2021 – just a couple of weeks after Ashli was shot to death. The report states that Byrd “declined to provide a statement.”
Internal affairs agents and the FBI worked together to investigate the shooting of Babbitt. The internal affairs team never interviewed Byrd. When the FBI referred Byrd to the US Attorney’s office in DC for an interview, Byrd never showed up. Nor did he issue a written statement at any point.
Here’s another inconsistency. The Department of Justice will typically impanel a grand jury in cases like this, and present all of its evidence to that jury. The jury then decides whether there is enough evidence to try to take the case to trial. But Merrick Garland’s DOJ never impaneled a grand jury in the Michael Byrd/Ashli Babbitt case.
Another strange fact: It’s perfectly legal during investigations like this, if a police officer refuses to cooperate, for investigators to issue threats for non-compliance. They can threaten to demote an officer or reassign them to a really cruddy jurisdiction unless they agree to cooperate and give a statement. “Tell us what you know, or your next assignment will be in Caribou’s Butt, Alaska!”
But none of the investigators made any effort to compel Michael Byrd’s testimony. He was handled with kids’ gloves through the entire investigation. And unlike every other police shooting that’s happened in America in the past few years, investigators went out of their way to conceal Michael Byrd’s identity from the public for more than six months. Oh, and Byrd was placed on paid leave throughout the investigations, despite the fact that he completely refused to cooperate.
The Metropolitan Police Internal Affairs Division, the FBI and the Department of Justice all declared Michael Byrd to be innocent of any wrongdoing by April 2021. The US Capitol Police then conducted a final review to make sure that Byrd’s actions fell within the bounds of departmental policy. No surprise, they ruled that Byrd did everything by the book.
Keep in mind that Ashli Babbitt was unaware that Michael Byrd was hidden inside a doorway out of her sightline when she started to crawl through that window. When she stuck her head through the window, Byrd lunged forward and shot her in the neck at point-blank range, without ever yelling a warning for her to stop or identifying himself as a police officer. All this is indisputable, because we’ve all seen the video. Is that really within the bounds of Capitol Police departmental policy?
None of the four agencies that exonerated Byrd has offered any explanation as to why they declined to press charges against him. They rubber-stamped the entire affair. Ashli Babbitt’s family is now suing Byrd and the Capitol Police in civil court, but based on the way that the Deep State circled the wagons to protect Byrd so far, we shouldn’t hold out hope that there will ever be justice for Ashli Babbitt.