Wednesday, January 11, 2023

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Second Anniversary: The Capitol Police Killing of Ashli Babbitt

Time for a reality fact-check on the whitewashing of an unjustifiable police shooting.

Mark Alexander

"For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it." —Patrick Henry (1775)

There was a flood of media churn last week about the protracted election of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — but then aren't protracted elections the new norm?

Amid all the talkinghead blather, you may have missed Joe Biden's lame second anniversary celebration of the January 6 "insurrection," and how we almost lost our "democracy." (It's a Republic, Joe.)

It was also the last hurrah for former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's histrionic J6 inquisition, which despite her worst efforts had little to no bearing on the 2022 midterm "red ripple."

This left it to Joe Biden to keep the J6 mythology alive, and he did so by presenting a handful of "Presidential Citizen Medals" to Capitol and Metro Police, and a couple of citizens. Indeed, a relatively small handful of the rioting jackasses disgracefully assaulted cops that day.

In his presentation remarks, Biden propagated lies that he's repeated since 2020, the most vile of which is that police officers were killed that day.

Most of those claims have been the patently false assertion that U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was killed by protesters.

In fact, as I thoroughly documented at the time, and as later confirmed by the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), Officer Sicknick, an Air Force veteran and Donald Trump supporter, died after the riot of natural causes. That notwithstanding, the Biden administration had that information suppressed for months so that Pelosi and Chuck Schumer could desecrate his life of service by using his death as political fodder.

Rather than circling back to his old lie, Biden generated a new one last week, declaring: "Today is a ceremony ... to recognize the late U.S. Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans. His family is with us today. Three months after Jan. 6, while they were still cordoning off the Capitol because ... threats by these sick insurrectionists continued to be profligated [sic] on the internet, again all of America saw what happened when Officer Evans was killed defending a checkpoint he had to go through to get to the Capitol because of these god-awful, sick threats that continue to move forward."

That was a BIG god-awful lie. Fact is, Officer Evans was murdered by a radical black Islamist extremist who had no connection to Trump or the J6 protest groups.

Biden then attempted to pivot to "voter intimidation," declaring, "Defending and protecting our democracy means that despite our differences of opinion, we must say clearly with a united voice that there is no place — none, zero, zero place — in America for voter intimidation — zero, never." That was spin to support the Demos' so-called "voter rights" bulk-mail ballot fraud strategy.

Of course, many other Democrats have repeatedly spun the lie about USCP officers being killed, including Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who declared protesters were "killing law enforcement officers." Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) claimed last week: "I hugged the families of the heroic police officers who lost their lives during the violent January 6th insurrection. ... All freedom-loving Americans owe a debt to the officers who died ... protect[ing] the Capitol at the cost of their lives."

Seizing Biden's BS momentum, lawyers for a family member of Officer Brian Sicknick announced a lawsuit against Trump and two rioters.

Time for a reality fact-check.

Let's recall the one person who was actually killed during the Capitol riot. First, I should distinguish that the "riot" was primarily limited to thugs outside the building, and most of those who entered the building, while inexcusable, were not "rioters," and hardly qualified as protesters.

That single fatality was Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old 14-year Air Force veteran, a white, five-foot two-inch, 110-pound unarmed woman from California. Babbitt was, by any objective account, unjustifiably shot and killed by an inept black USCP officer, Lt. Michael Byrd. (Can you imagine the outcry if the race of the assailant and victim were reversed?)

Babbitt was killed as she foolishly attempted to climb through a broken window within the Speaker's Lobby. I have written at length about the circumstances of her death, including the fact that she was wrong for being there, and the fact that investigators closed the shooting review without releasing any details to the public.

Unlike every other officer-involved shooting everywhere outside the Beltway, there has been no public information released about Babbitt's shooter or the circumstances justifying that shooting — and not a shred of information about the justification or competence of the officer involved. DC Demos have sealed the records from any public scrutiny. For that reason, there is no reason to trust the decision to exonerate that officer, especially given the political influence of the Biden regime in that cover-up.

The only public knowledge about Ashli Babbitt's death were the graphic videos of the shooting, which have since been removed from YouTube (of course), but one video remains here — a video that clearly shows the circumstances from her side of the door before and after her death.

What's evident from that video and from reports of those present is that there were four uniformed officers within feet of Babbitt, at least four additional heavily armed riot police, and one or more plain-clothed officers — none of whom made an effort to prevent her attempt to climb through the broken window of the door before she was shot and killed. There is no apparent justification for Officer Byrd's use of deadly force, and it was fortunate that none of the other officers immediately behind Babbitt were injured by his reckless actions.

The USCP has been exempted by Congress from Freedom of Information Act requests, but there was and is nothing preventing the USCP from releasing the full investigative report — other than protecting one of its own in order to protect the Demos' narrative.

So, case closed?

Unfortunately, yes, until it is reopened as a result of a wrongful death civil liability suit Ashli Babbitt's family has yet to file, most likely because of government stonewalling of the release of reports on the shooting, and whitewashing of the details.

But now that Republicans have regained control of the House under the aforementioned Kevin McCarthy, will they open up the Babbitt files? Probably not, because doing so will draw attention to the ugliness of J6, and Republicans in DC and nationwide would like to move on...

Meanwhile, almost 980 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol breach case, but the most dangerous person in DC on the day of the Capitol riot, an actual terrorist, has not been arrested. The FBI and BATFE are offering a $100,000 reward for information to convict the person who left pipe bombs outside both the Republican and Democratic National Committee headquarters the night before the protest.

In stark contrast, the J6 riot was not even remotely as deadly or destructive as the almost 600 "summer of rage" riots by violent Democrat mobs that besieged our nation for six months prior to the "Capitol insurrection." It is estimated that there were more than 50 deaths directly associated with that violence, 19 in just the first two weeks of the riots.

Those riots were prompted by the Demos' "systemic racism" lie after the death of drug thug George Floyd, and fomented by Demo support for their Marxist so-called Black Lives Matter radicals.

The Demos' "summer of rage" caused billions of dollars in damages, and the murder victims included several law enforcement officers, notably David Dorn and Dave Patrick Underwood, at the same time Democrats were calling to "defund the police" and vilifying cops.

The resulting surge in violence continues today.

But on January 6, 2021, Democrats finally found a riot they could condemn. If not for double standards, Democrats would have NO standards.

And finally, a note of irony: Among a few people arrested in DC on the second anniversary of the whitewashing of Ashli Babbitt's killing was her mother, who was charged with gathering without a permit when she and a small group gathered to remember her daughter.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

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