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Unarmed, Apparently Non-Violent, Ashli Babbit Killed

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Why Was She Killed?

There is no explanation of the video below that would seem able to make this a necessary shooting, and I’m hardly alone in that assessment. She shouldn’t have been there, and was violating the law, but looking at the situation in its totality, I don’t know how this can be justified.  I want to know the identity of the shooter.  I want to see this investigated just like every other police-involved shooting.  There’s something “off” here.  I’m trying to imagine how this shooting is justifiable. I want to understand the thinking of the shooter at the time of the event. I want to know what his frame of mind and frame of reference was when he pulled the trigger.  She doesn’t appear to be an immediate threat to anybody in the video clip below. There were officers right behind her, and she appeared not to be posing a threat to them, and in fact had her back to them, so I don’t understand the necessity of shooting her. What threat did she pose that required lethal force?  Who is the shooter? Again, it’s a given that she shouldn’t have been there, but this doesn’t seem like a justifiable shooting. It doesn’t. Whose life was she threatening? I don’t get it. If the justification of lethal force is only to thwart lethal or potentially lethal threats, on its face, she didn’t seem to have been one.

I also notice that the shooter seemed to have been in plain clothes. Was he part of a protective detail?  Did Babbit unknowingly get too close to a protected person? We know the US Secret Service evacuated Vice President Mike Pence(R) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi(D-CA) from their respective chambers.  I realize there could have been something I haven’t seen, and the footage below is a very short video clip, but this doesn’t look to have been necessary. It’s also not apparently an accidental discharge. The shooter seems to size up the target, aim, and fire.  Her life was poached with clear intent, and I’m going to need to see the justification for this. Once again, yes, we all know she shouldn’t have been there. Does her mere presence justify her killing? If it does, then when Code Pink commandeered a hearing room to protest Rex Tillerson’s nomination, should they have been gunned-down? And what of the Republican Congressmen who stormed a secure chamber? Theoretically, they shouldn’t have been there either. Were they supposed to be gunned-down for their actions? I’m asking those Congressmen: Was this justified? Since it seems evident that they’re trying to bury all of this, I’d suggest that Trump appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the whole incident and punish all those who are guilty, either of violence on the part of protesters, or any other bad actors in this affair. We need to know the chronologically organized details of who did what, and when. If she got too close to a protectee of the Secret Service, she may have unknowingly forfeited her own life by attempting to climb through. Even if that’s so, we still need the details. There needs to be an investigation and explanation to the public for the death of 35 year-old Ashil Babbit. Transparency is a must. Otherwise, this is like Tiananmen Square.

I’m also tired of the contention that this was the worst penetration of a federal facility since the British burned the White House. That’s a lie, and it’s a well-known lie. One needs only to remember 9/11/2001 and the Pentagon to put the lie to that particular narrative. I’m not excusing the behavior of those who forced their way into the Capitol, damaged property, and behaved lawlessly, because all of that should be prosecuted and punished, but I’m not sure that anything I’ve seen here in this video suggests Babbit required summary execution. Again, it’s a short clip, and more context is needed. I don’t wish to condemn this officer without all the facts, or without knowing what exactly his frame of mind and his contextual understanding had been at the time. The left jumps to those kinds of conclusions, whereas we should demand evidence. I’m not excusing him, either. That’s why I think a full, public investigation is necessary. We need serious transparency.

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