They talked about killing me, cutting off my head. There were some racist attacks, as well. It’s all disheartening, because I know I was doing my job. — Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd
They talked about killing me, cutting off my head. There were some racist attacks, as well. It’s all disheartening, because I know I was doing my job. — Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd
‘She was posing a threat’ — Capitol officer who shot pro-Trump rioter Ashli Babbitt goes public
  • Lt. Michael Byrd, the officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 Capitol invasion, said in his first comments after publicly revealing his identity that the unarmed rioter was “posing a threat” to Congress.
  • “I had been yelling and screaming as loud as I was, ‘Please stop, get back, get back,‘” Byrd told NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt in an interview that aired Thursday evening.
  • The officer’s remarks came three days after the U.S. Capitol Police Department said that it would not discipline him following an internal investigation of the shooting.
“You’re ultimately hoping your commands will be complied with, and unfortunately they were not,” he said.

... Byrd shot Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, in the Capitol on Jan. 6 as she attempted to climb through an opening in a barricaded door where a glass panel had broken out, the Justice Department’s investigation found.

Babbitt was part of a group of pro-Trump rioters who had gathered in a hallway outside the Speaker’s lobby, which leads to the House chamber. A joint session of Congress was forced to evacuate the House and Senate chambers as a mob of hundreds of people invaded the building, temporarily derailing efforts to confirm President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.


Byrd, who was inside the lobby as Babbitt tried to crawl through the door, drew his service pistol and shot her once in the left shoulder, causing her to fall backward onto the floor, the DOJ found. She was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where she died, according to the agency.

... Asked what he could see when he fired his weapon, Byrd said, “You’re taught to aim for center mass. The subject [Babbitt] was sideways, and I could not see her full motion of her hands or anything.”

“Her movement caused the discharge to fall where it did,” he said.

... Byrd, who is Black, said he has lived in hiding for months since Jan. 6 but has nevertheless been the target of threats from those who speculated that he was Babbitt’s shooter.

“They talked about killing me, cutting off my head,” Byrd said. “There were some racist attacks, as well.”

“It’s all disheartening, because I know I was doing my job,” he said.


Byrd said he “of course” has concerns about coming forward, calling the move “frightening.” But “I believe I showed the utmost courage on January 6 and it’s time for me to do that now,” he said.
Read the full article: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/26/capitol-cop-who-shot-pro-trump-rioter-ashli-babbitt-comes-forward.html