Though over nine months have passed since the Capitol unrest of Jan. 6, the emotional wounds suffered that day remain extremely raw for the family of Ashli Babbitt, the woman killed by a U.S. Capitol Police officer that fateful day in an event her mother contends was, in effect, the “murder” of a “proud patriot” for which accountability is still needed, as Newsmax reports.
In an interview appearance on the network’s Greg Kelly Reports, Micki Witthoeft decried the circumstances under which her daughter died as well as the fact that the Department of Defense denied the Air Force veteran the military burial honors offered to all personnel who have been honorably discharged from the service.
According to Witthoeft, following Babbitt’s death, a colonel in the Air Force notified her that there would be no such honors provided in her daughter’s case due to her involvement in the pro-Trump protests that took place in Washington, D.C. in January.
Her lingering pain over the decision evident, Witthoeft said, “You know, my daughter was a proud patriot protesting and not an insurrectionist. And I just think that narrative should cease to be pushed forward for any of our political prisoners. My daughter especially, included.”
Witthoeft lamented the tragic loss of Ashli by describing her as “funny, vivacious, full of life,” adding, “But like so many other people, I just know that it was murder. I know my daughter was murdered.”
Back in August, Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd stepped forward publicly as the officer who fatally shot the unarmed Babbitt during demonstrations in D.C., and neither the Justice Department nor the Washington Metropolitan Police Department opted to pursue charges in the matter.
As Fox News recently reported, over 500 pages of documents collected by D.C. Metropolitan Police in the case of Babbitt’s death included witness statements revealing that the deceased protestor was not wielding a weapon when she was shot and that the officer was visibly shaken in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, whose organization secured the documents via a Freedom of Information Act request and lawsuit, declared, “These previously secret records show that there was no good reason to shoot and kill Ashli Babbitt,” adding, “The Biden-Garland Justice Department and the Pelosi Congress have much to answer for over the mishandling and cover-up of this scandalous killing of an American citizen by the U.S. Capitol Police.”
In a video recording made for inclusion in a celebration of what would have been Babbitt’s 36th birthday, former President Donald Trump offered his “unwavering support” to her family and implored the Justice Department “to reopen its investigation into her death.” Whether that will ever happen, however, only time will tell.