Terry Roberts, a lawyer representing the family of Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran killed by a police officer during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, has reported they will file a lawsuit against the Capitol Police.
No charges have been filed against the police officer involved in the shooting. The officer has also not been publicly identified.
Babbitt was reportedly unarmed at the time of the shooting. She had entered the Capitol building doors when the officer fired at her.
Roberts spoke on Newsmax Monday. He stated, “The family and I were disappointed in the Department of Justice’s decision on this, but my role is really to bring a civil action and in that way, vindicate her rights.”
Roberts added, “This is a situation in which the officer could have easily arrested her if he had grounds to arrest her without using deadly force,” he said. “This was an egregious act of excessive force.”
Mark Schamel, an attorney for the officer, told The Epoch Times the officer warned people inside not to enter the Speaker’s Lobby.
“He fired only one shot at the only person who breached the locked doors and makeshift barricade that had been erected. He did so after clearly identifying himself and ordering the mob not to come through the barricade,” Schamel said.
“He used tremendous restraint in only firing one shot, and his actions stopped the mob from breaking through and turning a horrific day in American history into something so much worse.”