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Capitol Cop Who Murdered Ashli Babbitt Was Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing Without Interview

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RealClearInvestigations has revealed that U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd never answered any questions from investigators before being fully cleared of all wrong doing.

“He didn’t provide any statement to [criminal] investigators and they didn’t push him to make a statement,” Babbitt family attorney Terry Roberts said in an RCI interview. “It’s astonishing how skimpy his investigative file is.”

Paul Sperry from RCI reported:


Roberts, who has spoken with the D.C. MPD detective assigned to the case, said the kid-glove treatment of Byrd raises suspicions the investigation was a “whitewash.”

The lawyer’s account appears to be backed up by a January 2021 internal affairs report, which notes Byrd “declined to provide a statement,” D.C. MPD documents show.

Asked about it, a D.C. MPD spokeswoman confirmed that Byrd did not cooperate with internal affairs agents or FBI agents, who jointly investigated what was one of the most high-profile officer-involved shooting cases in U.S. history.

“MPD did not formally interview Lt. Byrd,” deputy D.C. MPD communications director Kristen Metzger said. And, “He didn’t give a statement while under the U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation.”

After Byrd declined to cooperate with D.C MPD Internal Affairs Division’s investigation, which was led by Det. John Hendrick, his case eventually was turned over to the USCP for a final administrative review of whether or not his actions conformed with department policies and training.

Still, USCP concluded in August that “the officer’s conduct was lawful and within department policy.” The agency launched its administrative investigation after the criminal investigation was closed.

You can read the rest of the report here.

Ashli Babbit, an unarmed veteran and small woman committed the crime of trespassing through a window, when Byrd shot her without warning. The idea that the police investigators cleared Byrd of all wrong doing without Byrd even answering any basic questions is unheard of.

In fact, documents uncovered by Judicial Watch reveal that three police officer eyewitnesses at the scene told investigators they did not hear Byrd give Babbitt any verbal warnings prior to firing, contradicting what Byrd told NBC.

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