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Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Was Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing Without Interview

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By Paul Sperry | 11 January 2022

REAL CLEAR INVESTIGATIONS — 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. […]

2 Comments on Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Was Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing Without Interview

  1. ‘Looks like Byrd was rightly not investigated or indicted since it appears that the Babbitt shooting was a poorly staged tv show. The ‘Mission Impossible’ team they ain’t. (Was this Byrd related to Admiral Byrd of Project High Jump?!)

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