Crime Ashli Babbitt’s Husband Sues D.C. Over Police Failure to Identify Officer Who Shot and Killed His Wife on Jan. 6
Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt's family sues for records on officer who fatally shot her
The action is separate from a forthcoming suit in which Babbitt's family will demand "well above $10 million" from the U.S. Capitol Police, their lawyer said.The family is also demanding access to video footage of the shooting, witness statements and documents gathered during the Metropolitan Police Department's investigation of the incident, according to the lawsuit.
Aaron Babbitt, the husband of Donald TrumpAshli Babbitt, has sued the District of Columbia over what he says is the Metropolitan Police Department’s failure to respond to his request for documents and information about the investigation into his wife’s death. Babbitt has asked that his complaint be consolidated with a similar action filed by conservative legal group Judicial Watch.
Ashli Babbitt wasby a U.S. Capitol Police officer on Jan. 6, as Babbitt a window inside the Capitol building, where a pro-Trump mob was smashing windows and the kicking doors that stood between them and the Speaker’s Lobby.
Ashli Babbitt's family seeks records of Capitol Police officer who shot her
The family of Ashli Babbitt, the woman who was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the Jan. 6 riot, is seeking the records of the officer who shot her after federal prosecutors said there would not be charges brought against him.A lawsuit, which was filed last week in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, seeks the officer's records, footage of the shooting, and documents and witness statements the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) got during their investigation, CNBC reported on Tuesday. A lawyer for the family told CNBC there is another lawsuit coming that plans to seek "an amount well above $10 million" for their loss.
According to Aaron Babbitt’s complaint, filed June 2, he made a Freedom of Information request in April with the Metropolitan Police Department in D.C., which had investigated the shooting of Ashli Babbitt. The FOIA request sought a wide range of documents and information, including witness and officer statements, Capitol Police communications, and the name of the officer who shot his wife, as well as attorney’s fees and litigation costs.
MPD investigators hadthat the officer shouldn’t face criminal charges in connection with Babbitt’s death. The Justice Department had conducted its own investigation, and not to press charges against the officer.
According to Aaron Babbitt’s complaint, he hasn’t gotten any meaningful response from the MPD, aside from an acknowledgment of the request and a case number.
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“Plaintiff is being irreparably harmed by Defendant’s violation of FOIA, and Plaintiff will continue to be irreparably harmed unless Defendant is compelled to comply with the law,” Babbitt’s complaint said.
Babbitt said that since the MPD hasn’t responded to his request, either by providing the documents or explaining why the information wouldn’t be produced. He claimed he has no choice but to sue.
“Because Defendant has failed to make final determinations on Plaintiff’s FOIA request and administrative appeal within the time limits set by FOIA, Plaintiff is deemed to have exhausted its administrative appeal remedies,” Babbitt’s complaint says.
Babbitt also asked to have his complaint joined to that filed byon June 2, which seeks documents similar to what Babbitt has requested. Babbitt’s lawyer, Terrell N. Roberts, III has to file a $10 million lawsuit against U.S. Capitol Police over Ashli’s death. He was readying the lawsuit as recently as May.
Babbitt may not get an answer to his FOIA request anytime soon. The next date on the docket is the initial scheduling conference, set for Sept. 3, according to the D.C. Superior Court.
Read the complaint, below.
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