Real Clear Investigations has released the name of the Capitol Cop who shot and killed Trump supporter and January 6 Capitol Hill rioter Ashli Babbitt. The United States Capitol Police (USCP) continues “stonewalling the public,” on the investigation into Babbitt’s death, according to the head of the police union. RCI, however, has identified the officer as 53-year-old Michael L. Byrd.
Byrd is a veteran USCP officer who holds the rank of lieutenant and is the commander of the House Chamber Section of the Capitol Police. Byrd’s “internet footprint was scrubbed, including his social media and personal photos” reports RCI.
RCI reports “most police departments – including Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police – are required to release an officer’s name within days of a fatal shooting. Not the U.S. Capitol Police, which is controlled by Congress and answers only to Congress. It can keep the public in the dark about the identity and investigation of an officer-involved in a shooting indefinitely.”
And keep the public in the dark is exactly what occurred. “For the past six months, as Congress has proposed legislation to reform police departments across the country, the Capitol Police has stiff-armed government watchdogs, journalists and even lawyers for Babbitt, who have sought the identity of the officer and additional details about the shooting.”
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