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DC Attorney Investigating the Murder of Ashli Babbitt as Potential ‘Excessive Force’

On Wednesday, as mostly peaceful protestors descended upon the US Capitol to petition their elected representatives to pull their heads out of their collective Fourth Point of Contact and consider that the grotesque manner in which five states…two with Republican governors and secretaries of state and all five with GOP dominated legislatures…handled the 2020 election might merit more than a proforma vote, a minority of those in the protest participated in acts of vandalism. As demonstrators intermixed with Capitol Police SWAT team members attempted to force open a door into a large, empty space, one plainclothes police officer emerged from a closet/pantry area and, with zero warning or provocation, shot to death 34-year-old Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt (this is where I say “say her name,” right?).

Here are the shocking videos of the incident from two angles (see WARNING. GRAPHIC VIDEO. Ashli Babbitt’s Shooting by Capitol Police Shows No Weapon and No Danger or Threat to the Cop or Anyone Else).

The key points are a) the doors remain locked, b) Babbitt does not enter the room, c) none of the protesters are armed, d) the room they are attempting to enter is empty, e) there are police in the mix of demonstrators, and none of them show any fear of, or even concern about, the demonstrators, and f) there does not appear, based on the video soundtrack, any warning issued before the shot being fired. You don’t have to believe that she acted wisely or even legally to see that there was no circumstance or combination of circumstances that endangered anyone.

Three days after Babbitt’s shooting, the acting US Attorney for DC, Michael Sherwin, has opened an investigation into potential “excessive force” in the unprovoked homicide. Excessive force? Really? Ya think?

This, by the way, would be the same Michael Sherwin who immediately opened an investigation into whether Donald Trump’s speech was a crime (see US Attorney for DC Is Allegedly Investigating President Trump’s Speech for Evidence of a Criminal Act). When choosing between an actual shooting and producing #Resistance porn, I guess a man has to do what a man has to do.

We know how this ends. This shooting will be justified, and there will be high-fives around the US Attorney’s office. By the standard applied to any of the high-profile shootings in the past few years, of course, there was excessive force used. Any one of the factors I list above would have seen a typical cop fired and probably imprisoned, particularly when the entire shooting and the pre-shooting context is on video. You are about to see how Trump supporters will be deprived of any protection of the law strictly based on their political beliefs and what amounts to an open season declared on them.

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