The policeman who shot and killed US Air Force veteran Ashley Babbitt during the January 6 Capitol riots was acquitted after an internal investigation by the Capitol police, NBC reported, citing an agency document.
“No further action will be taken on this issue,” the capitol police commander said in a document.
The case of the death of American Ashley Babbitt was closed by the US Department of Justice in April. At that time, there were no grounds for criminal prosecution of the shooter, since it cannot be proved that he acted out of criminal motives.
United States Air Force veteran Ashley Babbitt was injured by a Capitol police officer when she tried to enter one of the hallways through broken glass in a doorway inside the congressional building during the January riots.
As seen in one of the eyewitness videos, the shot was fired from the other side of the door from a short distance. She later died in hospital. The police officer who shot her was sent on vacation shortly after the riots.
On January 6, supporters of then President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol after a rally in Washington, and Congress was interrupted for several hours. As a result of the riots, a demonstrator and a policeman were killed, and three more died from causes unrelated to violence.
After law enforcement authorities removed the rioters from the congressional building, congressmen approved the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election. The House of Representatives impeached Trump on charges of inciting mutiny, but the Senate acquitted Trump.