Revolver wrote an excellent piece about a follow up on Ashli Babbitt. Particularly, they highlighted the issues with the centralized capitol police:
Mystery Surrounding Ashli Babbitt’s Shooter Deepens as Curious Details About “Capitol Police” Emerge
On January 6th, an unarmed 14-year vet and American patriot by the name of Ashli Babbitt was murdered inside the US Capitol.
Ashli was shot in the neck by a federal officer. The DC coroner listed the cause of death as a “homicide.”
Unlike other high-profile police incidents, like George Floyd and Daunte Wright, Ashli’s killer-cop has never been named. We have no idea who he is. All we officially know about this federal officer is that he will not be charged with Ashli’s murder.
During an investigation that appears to have been conducted under a cloak of extreme secrecy, it was determined there wasn’t “sufficient evidence to support criminal prosecution.”
Isn’t that convenient?
Was this officer part of the Capitol Police force?
Well, the secrecy surrounding the case would suggest that yes perhaps he was, but we’re only speculating.
Everything is a mystery when it comes to the Capitol Police because they operate under a totally different set of rules.
Thanks to their buddies in Congress, the U.S. Capitol Police do not follow the same public reporting or transparency protocols that most other major police forces do.
For example, if someone is shot outside the Capitol by a DC police officer, the department is required by law to release the names of the officers involved in the shooting.
The Capitol Police force is not required to release the names of officers involved in any shooting, and most-often times they choose to withhold that information from the public.
Not to mention, Capitol Police are also under no obligation to respond to FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests.
The Capitol Police are part of the Legislative Branch and are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. That means if a journalist or watchdog group asks for records on police misconduct or inspector general reports, they’ll come up empty because Capitol Police are not required under the law to comply.
Not very “transparent” policing, is it?
Some more facts. Unlike most major police departments, Capitol police are not equipped with body cameras.
The American taxpayers who fund this “police force” are left with a million unanswered questions, growing suspicion and a lack of trust in their government officials.
Who was this officer that killed Ashli? Is he part of the Capitol Police, or is he a member of another government agency?
Apparently, we’ll never know.
Go read the full article. It is worth it.
How convenient that the most high-risk police department in the United States neither wears body cams or has to respond to FOIA requests.
How’s that for an accountable, transparent government?
A martyr got killed that day and we have no information about it. The identifies of local cops that justifiably shoot blacks are out within what seems like milliseconds. When you shoot white women, apparently it doesn’t matter as much.
Two tier justice system, as usual. The politburo protect their own.