Ashli Babbitt, Benjamin Philips, Brian Sicknick, DOJ, Donald Trump, Glock, Insurrection, January 6, Kevin Greeson, negligent discharge, Pearl Harbor, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rosanne Boyland, US Capital Police
Is anything the government/media told us about the people supposedly killed at the Capital on January 6, 2021, accurate, factual or complete? No, no and no, as The Washington Post—of all former newspapers–reports:
Two civilians who died during the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol died of natural causes, and a third succumbed to amphetamine intoxication, according to the D.C. medical examiner’s office.
A fourth person, 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot by a Capitol police officer inside the Capitol, was struck by a bullet to her front left shoulder, the medical examiner said in a statement.
The cause of death for a fifth person, Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who collapsed after confronting rioters and died Jan. 7, remains pending. Two people have been charged with assaulting Sicknick by spraying him with a chemical irritant.
Un-huh. Recall, please, the statement of Sicknick’s brother, who told him after the insurrectionists that came within a micron of overturning our democracy went home after a few hours of mostly selfie-taking and sight-seeing, Sicknick told him he had been pepper sprayed, but was just fine.
The rulings in the four deaths that occurred as rioters stormed the Capitol seeking to overturn an election then-President Donald Trump had lost were announced in a statement issued Wednesday [04-07-21] by the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
That statement said autopsies concluded that Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Ala., and Benjamin Philips, 50, of Ringtown, Pa., died of natural causes due to cardiovascular disease. The medical examiner ruled that Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Ga., died of accidental acute amphetamine intoxication.
No other details of their deaths were revealed and officials declined to elaborate; autopsy reports are not public in the District, but are given to family members upon request. The drug cited in Boyland’s death is addictive and can be prescribed to treat attention-deficit disorder and narcolepsy.
So, of the five people viciously murdered by crazed, white supremacist, racist, Trump supporting insurrectionists, two died of natural causes, one of a drug overdose, the cause of Sicknick’s death is still a national security secret of the highest possible classification, and the only person we know beyond any doubt died by violence was an unarmed female veteran, killed by a still-unidentified Capital Police Officer, whose attorney has identified only as “Lieutenant.”
Shortly after January 6, two Capital police officers committed suicide. We still know nothing about the motivation or manner of those deaths. The implication is the events of January 6 caused them to take their lives. Believing such implication is, considering American’s justified lack of faith in the federal government, unwise.
In Babbitt’s death, the medical examiner ruled that the police officer’s bullet killed her and that the manner was homicide. That does not mean the officer who fired can be held criminally liable for the death.
D.C. police, which investigate all deaths in the District, led the inquiry into Babbitt’s shooting. A department spokesman said the investigation has been turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C., which will decide whether the officer who fired should face criminal charges.
They’ve decided, as you’ll soon discover. The Wapo couldn’t resist this:
Boyland also appeared to be an ardent supporter of Trump.
A Facebook page belonging to a Rosanne Boyland in Kennesaw features several pro-Trump posts and includes a false assertion that D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) ordered hotels and other businesses to close in advance of the Jan. 6 rally.
See? She deserved to die, just like that evil Trump supporter Babbitt! And the military is just full of extremists like her!
According to Breitbart.com, Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit asking for Sicknick’s autopsy, related records, and:
We also recently filed lawsuits for U.S. Capitol Police emails and video related to the riot and for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s communications with the Pentagon in the days after the January 6th incident.
It will be particularly interesting to see if any politicians such as Nancy Pelosi or other outside officials communicated with the medical examiner’s office about Officer Sicknick.
It will be interesting indeed. Remember too, gentle readers, Sicknick was cremated shortly after his death—we don’t know if his relatives caused that to happen or if the government tossed him into the flames without notifying them—and his relatives have been told nothing about the cause of his death. Take the link to read the rest of that brief article.
I’ve written about Babbitt and Sicknick on two previous occasions. First, in Capital Coverup—A Right To Know? and Capital Coverup—A Right To Know? 2. That article revisited the coverup, which continues to date, and explained, in detail, why Ashli Babbitt was murdered. Her federal killer clearly did not have legal justification to shoot. Nothing that has been revealed since that March 23 article in any way changes my analysis—quite the opposite, such as this April 14, 2021 DOJ press release:
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, the Office announced today.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section and the Civil Rights Division, with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD), conducted a thorough investigation of Ms. Babbitt’s shooting. Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy. Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution. Officials from IAD informed a representative of Ms. Babbitt’s family today of this determination.
The investigation determined that, on January 6, 2021, Ms. Babbitt joined a crowd of people that gathered on the U.S. Capitol grounds to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election. Inside the Capitol building, a Joint Session of Congress, convened to certify the results of the Electoral College vote, was underway. Members of the crowd outside the building, which was closed to the public during the Joint Session, eventually forced their way into the Capitol building and past U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers attempting to maintain order. The Joint Session was stopped, and the USCP began evacuating members of Congress.
Notice, among other things, what the DOJ is omitting: Many, if not most, of the “crowd” were allowed into the building when Capital Police Officers opened doors for them. Many were accompanied by USCP officers who guided and pleasantly chatted with them, and most committed no violence or destruction whatsoever.
The investigation further determined that Ms. Babbitt was among a mob of people that entered the Capitol building and gained access to a hallway outside ‘Speaker’s Lobby,’ which leads to the Chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives. At the time, the USCP was evacuating Members from the Chamber, which the mob was trying to enter from multiple doorways. USCP officers used furniture to barricade a set of glass doors separating the hallway and Speaker’s Lobby to try and stop the mob from entering the Speaker’s Lobby and the Chamber, and three officers positioned themselves between the doors and the mob.
Take the link to read the very specific analysis in my second article, where you’ll find the DOJ has again omitted a great deal. The doors inside the chamber were securely barricaded, and guarded by multiple armed officers. In fact, the shooter had to breach that barricade(?!) to get into the hallway to shoot Babbit. There were many uniformed CP officers, including some in riot gear, helmets and carrying long guns, in the hallway behind Babbitt. They could easily have chosen to interpose themselves between the crowd and the doors, but did not. In any case, there was no lack of police presence within arms reach of Babbitt.
Members of the mob attempted to break through the doors by striking them and breaking the glass with their hands, flagpoles, helmets, and other objects. Eventually, the three USCP officers positioned outside the doors were forced to evacuate.
This is a lie, as video of the event reveals. On Babbitt’s side of the doors, there were as many as 10 officers present, again, within arms reach of the doors. From the perspective of the cameras that recorded the only video that has been released, I couldn’t see any officers on the other side other than the shooter, which doesn’t mean they weren’t there, and there were many manning the barricaded chamber doors.
As members of the mob continued to strike the glass doors, Ms. Babbitt attempted to climb through one of the doors where glass was broken out. An officer inside the Speaker’s Lobby fired one round from his service pistol, striking Ms. Babbitt in the left shoulder, causing her to fall back from the doorway and onto the floor. A USCP emergency response team, which had begun making its way into the hallway to try and subdue the mob, administered aid to Ms. Babbitt, who was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Again, the account is inaccurate. When Babbit was shot, she was balanced on the bottom frame of the window (wearing a red, white and blue backpack as illustrated above), on a section of the door no more than a few inches wide. She was no threat. Her hands were holding the door, keeping her from falling. No one else was in any danger of breaching the doors, nor was anyone actively trying. The shooter stepped toward Babbit, who was almost certainly not aware he was there, and shot her. Even if she had managed to get through the window, she was 5 foot nothing and 100 nothing pounds, unarmed, and alone against multiple armed agents. Remember: there was no lack of police officers within arms length of Babbitt through the entire incident.
The focus of the criminal investigation was to determine whether federal prosecutors could prove that the officer violated any federal laws, concentrating on the possible application of 18 U.S.C. § 242, a federal criminal civil rights statute. In order to establish a violation of this statute, prosecutors must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the officer acted willfully to deprive Ms. Babbitt of a right protected by the Constitution or other law, here the Fourth Amendment right not to be subjected to an unreasonable seizure. Prosecutors would have to prove not only that the officer used force that was constitutionally unreasonable, but that the officer did so ‘willfully,’ which the Supreme Court has interpreted to mean that the officer acted with a bad purpose to disregard the law. As this requirement has been interpreted by the courts, evidence that an officer acted out of fear, mistake, panic, misperception, negligence, or even poor judgment cannot establish the high level of intent required under Section 242.
Notice the DOJ is ignoring small matters like the murder statutes available to the District of Columbia, as well as a number of other federal criminal laws. The DOJ’s argument is nonsense. People have been prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 242 for actions far less clearly willful.
The investigation revealed no evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer willfully committed a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242. Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber. Acknowledging the tragic loss of life and offering condolences to Ms. Babbitt’s family, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Department of Justice have therefore closed the investigation into this matter.
It’s difficult to express how outrageously false this is. Again, take the link to the second article, where you can find the specific law relating to the use of deadly force. Very briefly, one may use deadly force only when there is an imminent threat of serious bodily harm to self or others. While some military installations, such as those storing nuclear weapons, may be zones where intruders may be shot merely for trespassing, that kind of free fire zone does not transfer to any part of the US Capital.
At no time did Ashli Babbitt present an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death to anyone, nor could any reasonable police officer have believed she did. At the time, there were no congresscritters present to be threatened, and if there were, Babbitt would have had to have breached a barricade and incapacitated multiple armed officers to have threatened them. Even if the shooter were afraid Babbitt might be armed, he could not shoot unless she did something to convince a reasonable police officer that she actually was armed, and that she intended, through her words and actions, to use whatever weapon against him, the only person in the immediate area capable of being threatened.
Remember Babbitt’s position when shot. There is no evidence whatever that Babbitt so much as saw her killer, let alone said anything to him, or in any way gestured with her hands to indicate an imminent deadly threat.
The killer’s attorney has referred to him as “Lieutenant.” If we assume this is not misdirection, we know a few things about him: He was wearing a mask; he is black; he was wearing a large, distinctive bracelet on his right wrist; he demonstrated terrible gun handling discipline, and appeared to be frightened.
His finger was continually on the trigger of his Glock. One never puts their finger on the trigger of any firearm until milliseconds before firing. Standard Glock triggers are 5.5 pounds, not “hair triggers,” but surely light enough to make negligent discharges likely if one keeps a finger on the trigger under stress.
Why might this be particularly significant? People with the rank of Lieutenant in police organizations are administrator/politicians. They don’t do actual police work, and often, their rank allows them to skip annoying things like use of force training and firearms training and qualification. In fact, the USCP does not have an enviable record of firearm safety. Most have been many years removed from “the street,” and as any competent cop will tell you, even after a brief vacation, it takes awhile for them to feel up to speed in their duties again.
Unanswered questions remain, such as:
*Why did he think it necessary to breach the barricaded doors to the chamber to step into the hallway, arguably allowing the crowd—if they breached the hallway doors, which they did not–easier entrance to the chamber?
*If he were concerned about Babbitt, why didn’t he simply tell, or motion for, the many officers within arms reach of her, to pull her back off the door, or prevent her attempting to climb through it in the first place?
*Why did he think it necessary, at that moment, to kill a single, unarmed woman who wasn’t yet in the hallway, where she would have had to get past him, locked doors, a secure barricade, and multiple other armed officers, to do any damage to Congressmen and staff who were no longer in the chamber?
Final Thoughts: It is difficult to express how unusual it is for the information still hidden from the public to be hidden from the public. To hide such information from the relatives of Babbitt and Sicknick is even more unusual and bizarre, not at all standard procedure. And where is the usually ravenous press, desperate to expose governmental misdeeds, or to make them up if none can be found? In the coming week, I’ll be posting an article comparing this situation, with the case of Kim Potter, former officer of Brooklyn Center, MN. There are many lessons for our time therein.
The DOJ’s decision confirms my suspicions: this is a coverup. There are other reasons, but a significant motivation for the coverup is surely the maintenance of the Democrat/Socialist/Communist narrative of January 6, which is still being used to justify unconstitutional, unconscionable attempts to deprive Americans of their lives, property and liberty. The lunatic hyperbole surrounding January 6 is perhaps best summed up by Rep. Steve Cohen, who compared it to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
If Brian Sicknick was not killed by evil protestors—and he wasn’t–if Ashli Babbit was not murdered by a panicked bureaucrat—and she was—where is the continuing justification to demonize Americans who do not profess D/S/C politics? Where are the leaks through cooperative media “reporters?” Where are the leaks through the DOJ, the FBI, our intelligence agencies, congressional staffers, White House staffers? How is it a capital city/government that leaked like a sieve during the Trump years has suddenly become tight lipped if this is not a coverup?
We may one day learn more, but only through the efforts of organizations like Judicial Watch, and if Sicknick and Babbitt’s survivors sue the government (go here to read a statement by the lawyer representing Babbitt’s family). Then, only if our corrupt federal judiciary allows such a suit to progress, which is unlikely. Under a D/S/C administration such as the Biden puppet show, there is much to cover up, much to lose, and unlimited hatred for the public, for honorable Americans, like Brian Sicknick and Ashli Babbitt.
UPDATE, 04-19-21, 1630 MT: From Legal Insurrection:
Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District’s chief medical examiner has ruled.
The ruling, released Monday, likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer’s death. Two men are accused of assaulting Sicknick by spraying a powerful chemical irritant at him during the siege.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Francisco J. Diaz, the medical examiner, said the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick’s throat to quickly seize. Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries.
Recall what the utterly corrupt Department of Justice had to say:
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen issued the following statement:
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and fellow officers of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who succumbed last night to the injuries he suffered defending the U.S. Capitol, against the violent mob who stormed it on January 6th. The FBI and Metropolitan Police Department will jointly investigate the case and the Department of Justice will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible.’ [emphasis added]
That the DOJ and Metropolitan Police “investigations” were nothing more than cheap cover ups is the greatest tragedy. Two protesters are currently charged with Sicknick’s murder. Any bets on whether the government will dismiss those charges, or cling to a rapidly sinking, and blatantly false, narrative? Groucho Marx said:
There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of one’s fellow man.
Perhaps it should be amended to:
There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of a D/S/C narrative.
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I love the framing. Ashli Babbit, a would-be insurrectionist and TRUMP supporter “Was struck by a bullet”.
If there was any justice in this country it would read “Ashli Babbit, an unarmed woman and married 35 year old Air Force veteran was shot dead by a police officer on capitol grounds.”
If there was any justice the officer involved would be facing manslaughter. At the very least be fired from his job for obvious stupidity and misuse of force. Instead, he will retain his position and face no consequences.
The thin blue line does not protect the people anymore. It protects the crooked and the corrupt.
There will be no justice for Ashley Babbit.. anymore than there was justice for Erik Scott.
Mike McDaniel said:
Not only does this stink politically, it was clearly an actionable homicide. I’d note only this is not an example of police circling the wagons, but an entirely political coverup, protecting the anti-Trump, anti-America narrative.
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