Skip to comments.Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Was Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing Without Interview
Posted on 01/12/2022 7:13:58 PM PST by bitt
When U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd went on “NBC Nightly News” to tell his side of shooting and killing unarmed Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt, he made a point to note he’d been investigated by several agencies and exonerated for his actions that day.
“There’s an investigative process [and] I was cleared by the DOJ [Department of Justice], and FBI and [the D.C.] Metropolitan Police,” he told NBC News anchor Lester Holt in August, adding that the Capitol Police also cleared him of wrongdoing and decided not to discipline or demote him for the shooting.
Byrd then answered a series of questions by Holt about the shooting, but what he told the friendly journalist, he likely never told investigators. That’s because he refused to answer their questions, according to several sources and documents reviewed by RealClearInvestigations.
In fact, investigators cleared Byrd of wrongdoing in the shooting without actually interviewing him about the shooting or threatening him with punishment if he did not cooperate with their criminal investigation.
“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."
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.”
He be black, and he be a victim.
Seems his BLM videos can’t be found. Hope someone archived them.
Capitol Police is a secret unaccountable police.
Needs to be reigned in ASAP.
The fix was in. Just more proof of the Deep State’s participation in this. It was all a trap.
Yeah, it’s called the fifth amendment, and it applies to cops as well. That said, it is hard to believe they determined that Shooting was good without him explaining his state of mind and what he witnessed.
He’s black. The victim was an unarmed white female Trump supporter. That is all that is needed to close the investigation.
All over America the first line of the 2nd paragraph of officer involved shootings is “The officer is under suspension at this time as the full investigation process begins.”
Then riots and daily TV loudmouths proclaiming the officer’s name and slandering him or her.
Cowardly bitch shot an unarmed woman. Give the ****er a medal. He’s a real man. The ‘RATS love ‘em like him.
“That said, it is hard to believe they determined that Shooting was good without him explaining his state of mind and what he witnessed.”
President Trump supported more investigations than this killer did.
This smells to high heaven.
How does he avoid a interview with Internal Affairs or don’t they have one for the Capital Hill Police? Those guys don’t care who you are, if you screw up they go after you.
Same with Roy Epps - he ‘told them he was innocent’...so they took him off the FBI wanted list..
If, by some miracle, Trump or Desantis gets elected in 2024, their very first action should be to open a federal criminal murder investigation into this POS...
Of course, maybe the Babbit family will obtain, with prejudice, justice on their own... Quietly...
It was set up. Pelosi, DC police brass, the media, Antifa, BLM and the Democratic party, plus the Pentagon were all in it to have a major event to dispirit all of MAGA and simultaneously set the pretext to the DOJ/Garland/Obama/Holder going after political opponents. I actually argued with a ex-McCain campaign staffer who is still “haunted” by 1/6. He also is not really upset about the Summer of 2020 or the street crime.
When you realize they want you quiet first, broke, depenedent, and most of all, dead, it all makes sense.
its fine, there is no statue of limitations on murder and after Trump retakes office and pardons all the 1/6 protesters, he can open an investigation into the murder of Ashley Babbit.
Karma’s a bitch...as he will ultimately find out.
There’s a huge difference between them not asking and him not volunteering information, vs. them calling him in and questioning him, and him asserting his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Sometimes they haul people before both Congress and national TV, just to ask them questions they already know won’t be answered, just to get to show the world them pleading the Fifth on national TV.
I think it might be appropriate to remove a few Constitutional rights from government agents, who were acting in their official capacity when they committed (or, were suspected of committing) wrongdoing: the right to remain silent, the statute of limitations, and, when “inconvenient” evidence is lost, destroyed, or “accidentally deleted”, or not recorded when there is otherwise a requirement to record it, the presumption of innocence should also go.
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