Attorney for Ashli Babbitt’s Family Threatens $10M Lawsuit, States Capitol Police Opened Fire for’No Legitimate Law Enforcement Purpose’

Multiple videos from inside the Capitol Building series Babbitt amid a group of people crowded around a door at the lobby that split a stair well by a hallway. Several law enforcement officers seemed to be guarding the hallway beyond the doors; many others dressed as officials seemed to be among the mob in the stair well. The door windows have been also destroyed, and the doors were barricaded. Babbitt, wearing a red, white, and blue back pack and draped at a Trump flag, then attempted to climb through a few of the busted windows when one shot has been fired, killing her.
Even the Department of Justice two months past dropped to charge the officer, whose name has not yet been introduced to the general public, discovering that he might have thought self-defense was reasonably required to safeguard members of Congress inside the Speaker’s Lobby.
But lawyer Terrell N. Roberts, III has claimed that the footage from inside the building made it clear that Babbitt”didn’t pose a threat to the officer, or some other man when she had been taken.”
“A rookie police officer would not have taken this girl. When she committed any offense by heading through the window into the Speaker’s Lobby, it might have been trespassing. Some misdemeanor offense. A rookie cop could have done is detain her,” Roberts said in an interview with Zenger News.
“And he’s got plenty of different officers there to help with arrest,” he said of the shooter. “You’d officers Ashli’s side of the doorway in riot gear and holding submachine guns. And on the opposite side of the doorway you have yet another uniformed officer 8 or 6 feet away. Whose life is that he saving by shooting her? She isn’t brandishing a weapon. She’s on the window ledge. And there is no reason to think she is armed.”
Roberts also said that the lieutenant ought to be denied qualified immunity in any civil lawsuit. Qualified immunity is a contentious doctrine that prevents police officers from being personally liable for monetary damages without revealing the official violated a constitutional right that has been”clearly established” at the time.
“I really don’t understand how on earth he can. This is a clear case of excessive pressure,” Roberts stated. “What it looks like is this man shot this woman for no valid law enforcement purpose. And you knowthey should be quite ashamed of that. In a free country like ours, it’s very strange and strange that they would not recognize the officeror even provide some information, explaining why he needed to kill her”
But even if the courts were to agree that the officer used excessive force, the far harder job in overcoming qualified immunity would be revealing that the officer’s conduct violated Babbitt’s”clearly established” right, which looks like a steep hill to climb given the unique circumstances of rioters threatening the Capitol Building while lawmakers were indoors.
A couple of weeks following the insurrection, the head of the Capitol Police officers’ union said that roughly 140 officers were hurt trying to safeguard members of Congress out of rioters. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 400 individuals with a range of crimes varying from easy trespassing to assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon. The FBI can be still seeking assistance in identifying hundreds of participants from the insurrection.
Law&Crime achieved outside to Roberts for additional information on the lawsuit, he told Zenger News he plans to document over the next 10 days.
[picture via Ashli Babbitt/Twitter]
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