On January 6, 2021, Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt lost her life during the events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol. Now, a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Capitol Police by Judicial Watch on behalf of Aaron Babbitt, Ms. Babbitt’s husband, and her personal estate.
The lawsuit specifically targets U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd, alleging multiple counts of negligence that led to Ms. Babbitt being fatally shot in her left shoulder.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Diego, seeks to hold Lt. Byrd accountable for what is described as an “ambush murder.” According to the suit, his actions on January 6 resulted in Ms. Babbitt’s unnecessary and untimely death. Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, aims to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the incident and seek justice for the Babbitt family.
It is important to note that this lawsuit raises questions about the response and tactics employed by law enforcement on that fateful day. The tragic loss of life has sparked debates about the use of force and the overall security measures in place at the Capitol during the events of January 6.
In the aftermath of the incident, the FBI conducted investigations into individuals who participated in the events at the Capitol. One individual named Ray Epps is now facing disorderly conduct charges and the Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to have him jailed for six months. Epps’ involvement and actions during that day have come under scrutiny, adding another layer of complexity to the ongoing legal proceedings surrounding January 6.