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Washington-Based Judicial Watch Files $30 Million Lawsuit Over Ashli Babbitt’s January 6 Death 

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The family of slain Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt demands their pound of flesh from the federal government. On the eve of the January 6, 3rd anniversary, the family is suing authorities for $30 million. 

Babbitt was one of the 5 unlucky people who lost their lives on the day of the Capitol Hill insurrection. The day an army of Trump supporters besieged the federal building to protest the certification of President Donald Trump’s loss. The crowd later got out of control and invaded the building. 

A nonprofit conservative activist group, the Washington-based Judicial Watch, leads the lawsuit. The group is famous for fighting for “accountability and integrity in law, politics, and government.” 

The group filed the lawsuit on behalf of the victim’s husband, Aaron Babbitt, and her estate. Judicial Watch is confident in its ability to prove that the officer who shot Babbitt was “incompetent” and “dangerous.” 

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The group also maintained that the erring police officer should have seen that the 35-year-old wasn’t a threat to Congress when she entered the legislative building. Specifically, the House Speaker’s lobby. 

The suit was a negligence and wrongful death suit. The group filed the suit in the US District Court Southern District of California. 

“The only Homicide on January 6 was the unlawful shooting death of Ashli Babbitt,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Her Homicide by Lt. Byrd is a scandal beyond belief,” he further continued. “This historic lawsuit seeks a measure of Justice and government accountability for Ashli’s wrongful death.” 

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To the anger of many, the Department of Justice concluded after it probed into the accident against charging Byrd. Many accused the DOJ of trying to play politics with Babbitt’s death. 

But Fitton is confident of obtaining justice for the slain officer. “Ashli was shot in cold blood, and the rule of law requires justice for her,” he said. 

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“Judicial Watch and her supporters are honored to represent Ashli’s steadfast widower, Aaron Babbitt, and her estate in this legal action.” 

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According to the lawsuit, Lt. Michael Byrd had an unsavory history of gunplay. One such example is an incident where Byrd was alleged to have left his gun, a Glock 22, in a public bathroom. This was the same gun he used in shooting Babbitt. 

There was also an incident where Byrd allegedly shot into a car he believed was stolen by teenagers. The suit also alleged that Byrd “had a reputation among peers for not being a good shot.” 

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A recently released video of Babbitt’s shooting showed Byrd raising his gun as an unarmed Babbitt pushed through the speaker’s lobby. After the shooting, Babbitt fell, bleeding from her neck and shoulder. 

According to the suit, “not one member of Congress was in the lobby, which was guarded by multiple armed police officers.” Also, “there was no way Ashli could have seen Byrd” from where she positioned herself. 

The suit said that Byrd, who wasn’t uniformed at the time, didn’t make his presence known or issue any warning before taking the shot. Babbitt’s family, however, hopes the court will agree with their position. 

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