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January 19, 2022

If you’ve watched the documentary CAPITOL PUNISHMENT, about the Capitol Hill rally and riot of January 6, 2021, you’ve seen the video of Ashli Babbitt smiling and happy, enjoying herself immensely as she participates in a march to the Capitol building. She is effervescent. Even on that cold, gray day, she exudes positive energy.

But you’ve also seen the video of her just a little while later, inside the building, caught in a crush of people on a stair landing and trying to crawl through a broken-out window to the other side of a closed door when she is shot to death.

How to reconcile these two visions? Could this smiling young (unarmed) woman suddenly morph into an angry rioter, a vandal, an insurrectionist, trying to breach the Speaker’s Lobby and prevent Congress from doing its job? Her husband, Aaron Babbitt, looking at a frame-by-frame analysis conducted by The Epoch Times, says no.

That is not what happened.

“After repeatedly forcing myself to watch the murder of my wife,” he told The Epoch Times, “I have come to my own conclusion that Ashli came to a point of realization that she was in a very bad situation and the police weren’t acting appropriately to what she was witnessing.”

He said, “I know my wife very well. She is not destructive. She was not there to hurt anybody.”

“It all comes down to which mental angle a person views it from,” he said. “If they hate Ashli because they believe the lies, that’s all they see: her being part of a mob. Us who love her, know her, know every action and emotion she was displaying --- she realized a minute before her death she was not in a friendly situation and something very wrong was occurring.”

In fact, the video strongly suggests that she was trying to stop the violence, not join in. She had gone up some stairs and, only about five minutes before she was killed, was casually talking and laughing with three U.S. Capitol Police officers. (She had served in the Air Force as a military police officer herself.) But then more people started coming up behind her. Members of a U.S. Capitol Police Containment Emergency Response Team rushed up the stairs as well, in response to a false alarm –- repeat, false –- of shots fired. (No shots were ever fired except by Ashli’s killer.) She was trapped in that mass of people outside the door.

It’s evident in the video that she was horrified by what was suddenly happening. She confronted a rioter identified as Zachary Alam, getting between him and one of the officers guarding the doors to the Speaker’s Lobby. He turned away from her and punched a window in one of the doors with his hand, then punched it again with a helmet to smash it. Her face registered alarm.

According to husband Aaron, an audio analysis of the video shows that she was shouting, “Stop! No! Don’t! Wait!”

Aaron says she was trying to climb through the broken glass because she was in fear for her life. She was trying to escape. U.S. Capitol Hill Police Lt. Michael Byrd shot her as she was partway through the window frame, and she fell backwards onto the landing.

The officers who were supposed to be guarding that door were not there. “The only way we’d ever know why Ashli felt the window was the only way out is if she had been detained by one of the countless police officers that abandoned their post in front of those doors, Aaron said. “That did not happen. She was murdered and robbed of the chance to tell her side of the story.”

There are conflicting reports as to whether Byrd shouted warnings before he shot her. It was so noisy in the stairwell, it’s likely no one could hear anyone else, so we might never know. And Byrd refused to be interviewed or even give a statement for the Internal Affairs “investigation,” which apparently was fine with the investigators ("investigators"?) because they no-billed him, anyway. “We have declined criminal prosecution of the above officer as a result of this incident,” wrote Acting U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips as part of a three-sentence dismissal.

But Ashli’s family is suing. Their lawyer, DC attorney Terry Roberts, said, “If you’re acting in self-defense, you have to tell somebody you’re acting in self-defense, or it should be quite plain from the circumstances. It clearly was not plain in these circumstances. I don’t believe the officer acted in self-defense at all.”

Another witness, Tayler Hansen, told The Epoch Times that Alam broke out that window because HE wanted to get to the Speaker’s Lobby. He said the only reason Alam didn’t climb through the window before Babbitt is that his glasses got knocked down his face in the scuffle and he had had to stop to reposition them. “He was about to go through that window,” Hansen said. “It was his idea. He was the one shattering it.”

Here’s more about Alam and how the FBI tracked him down. They say if you can’t say something good about someone, don’t say anything at all, so we won’t say anything at all.

In contrast, there’s a lot of good to say about Ashli. Hansen, an independent journalist who knew her and was walking close behind her inside the Capitol, echoed her husband in describing her. “The reality of it is, Ashli wasn’t a violent person. She was a good person, but they’ve demonized her to become this domestic terrorist that she has never been,” he said. “She served her country for 14 years. That’s just insane to me that they can get away with pushing this narrative. They’ve done that by suppressing first-hand witnesses like me.”

So, why had the Capitol Police left their posts at the door to the Speaker’s Lobby? One of them told Internal Affairs investigators that he left because he feared for his life and hadn’t wanted to have to use deadly force. If this was a situation in which officers were afraid for their own lives, it’s easy to imagine Ashli feeling the need to escape it as well.

According to a U.S. Capitol Police sergeant, Byrd and one other officer had taken positions on the other side of the door and had their guns out. This can be seen in the video, but it doesn’t appear that it was visible to Ashli. For her, the shot would have come out of nowhere.

Incidentally, the video that is providing so much detail was shot by the mysterious John Sullivan, also known as Jayden X, who has said he was there to “document” the event. Who he’s associated with and why he was there are questions for another time, but it’s fortuitous that we have his record of what happened.  Otherwise, all we'd have to go by was what the feds and their media minions told us.

The Epoch Times story is a premium report, but ZeroHedge has a detailed account.

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  • tom jeffs

    01/24/2022 07:22 AM


    how about we reduce taxes by eliminating the entire US Dept of Education ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    search my name in your database Mike for more - - - - - - -

    my bona fides include Israel Experience 2012 veteran that David probably remembers - - - - - - -

    also I was 1 of 4 "regulars" of the Huckabee Show per Jennifer Rhule - - - - - - -

    finally, I'm the guy who donated all those red Huckabee45 polo shirts you guys wore in Iowa when you were a candidate - - - - - - -


  • Linda Dawson

    01/23/2022 05:28 PM

    This "murder" should be thoroughly investigated. Why is it any different than other Officer shootings? It's apparent in different videos, there is biased reporting. The truth has not surfaced. Pelosi, the Officer, and the Capitol Police Chief should have to testify under Oath. Like always, the facts will be swept under the rug.

  • Jodi Sheets

    01/23/2022 02:38 PM

    This literally makes me sick to my stomach. I just read an article about the 1/6 Committee, that apparently has open reign investigating the accused protesters, without having to follow any law whatsoever, yet when investigating the only death that occurred that day, they do not feel it necessary to even interview the prime suspect. This country is literally succumbing to so much corruption and evil. I pray that people can have faith over fear and start standing up for what is right.

  • Tom Qualman

    01/23/2022 02:27 PM

    Michael Leroy Byrd is a murderer and should be tried accordingly. Once the midterms are over we'll see what if anything happens.

  • Linda Varney

    01/23/2022 01:54 PM

    I watched as she tried to stop the man from breaking the window ,that police officer took deliberate aim without speaking and shot her ,I find it so hard to believe that he wasn’t questioned about it,what is wrong with those crooked dems.

  • John Callahan

    01/23/2022 01:22 PM

    Is it True Mike, that President Trump was in his office watching this action ? Is it true that he contacted Queen Nancy to call in the National Guard and she refused ?

  • Joe Strusowski

    01/23/2022 01:00 PM

    Truth be known, I wonder what the narrative would have been if Ashley was a
    non white intruder? I don't think it would have been so forgiving for that police officer. He had no reasonable cause to use deadly force (from what I saw). At the very least, he should have lost his job.

  • Beth Stoller

    01/23/2022 11:36 AM

    Yes, things are not adding up! In video that was taken that day it’s obvious that Capital police were escorting “ insurrectionists” around the Capital and through doors. It’s almost unbelievable to watch. I believe it was a set up from the beginning to give the Democrats more political power and ammunition against Trump and his supporters. We need to find out who preplanned and set this up. I have my suspicions and she’s as evil and corrupt as they come. I’m also so disappointed in Liz Cheney. I feel her hatred for Trump is clouding her mind so as not to be fair and objective. This whole thing is frightening. Trump should have been a little smarter and wiser to what they were going to do to him! I hope he doesn’t run for President again. I voted for him and loved what he did for us but he acts like a junior higher and his ego ruins things.

  • Don Dorflinger

    01/23/2022 11:28 AM

    Ashli Babbitt was MURDERED by a Capitol Police Officer. Why is he NOT bring held accountable? If George Floyd's assailant is in prison, why is Ashli's not there as well? Politics, politics, politics. If he is prosecuted and convicted, the left's "insurrection" narrative goes flying out the window...

  • bette mathews

    01/23/2022 10:56 AM

    Thank you for the real details on the death of Ashli Babbit. From day one I never believed the media noise. They all repeated the exact same story over and over. And those that are allowing that Capital cop to get away with murder have no conscience! That is the most disgusting part of the story. DC is lost to corruption. It’s sad.