NBC Interview With Capitol Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Confirms RCI Reporting

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An interview that NBC News aired Thursday with Capitol Police Lt. Michael L. Byrd confirmed aspects of the Ashli Babbitt killing during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that were first reported by RealClearInvestigations weeks and months ago (see links below). They include his identity as the officer who fired the fatal shot; the fact that he had earlier faced discipline for leaving his service weapon behind in a Capitol bathroom; and that he’s been "in hiding" and out on paid administrative leave since the shooting. 

 

Before Byrd came forward of his own accord, officials and major media declined to disclose Byrd's identity, citing concerns for his safety. That was a departure from standard practice in police killings around the country, when the names of officers involved have been promptly released and widely publicized, typically in fatal shootings of minorities.

 

Here is reporting from RCI's Paul Sperry on the Babbitt shooting -- an episode of police violence that many Americans are only now becoming more familiar with:



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