Ashli Babbitt family plans to file $10M lawsuit in Capitol riot shooting, lawyer says

Ashli Babbitt family plans to file $10M lawsuit in Capitol riot shooting, lawyer says

SAN DIEGO – The family of the San Diego woman killed during the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol are planning to sue the police department and the officers involved in her death, Fox News reports.

Terry Roberts, an attorney for Ashli ​​Babbitt’s family, told Zenger News that the family would seek at least $ 10 million and serve with the U.S. Capitol Police within 10 days.

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The video of the riot showed a Capitol police officer shooting Babbitt, a 14-year-old Air Force veteran, as she climbed through a broken window on a door that led to the speaker’s lobby. According to the Capitol Police, members of Congress took shelter behind the door in the chamber of the house.

“A rookie cop would not have shot this woman,” said Roberts, describing the shooting as a clear case of excessive violence. “If she had committed a crime by going through the window into the speaker’s lobby, it would have been abuse. A misdemeanor crime. All a rookie cop would have done is arrest her. “

Babbitt’s husband, Aaron Babbitt, told FOX 5 in January that he had texted his wife 30 minutes before the shooting but had received no response.

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Plans for the lawsuit follow an announcement on April 14 that no charges will be brought against the officer involved in the shooting. Federal prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.

“The US Attorney General and the US Department of Justice have recognized the tragic loss of life and expressed condolences to Ms. Babbitt’s family. Therefore, they have completed their investigation into the matter,” a press release said.

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