The family of Ashli Babbit, the Donald Trump supporter believing QAnon who was killed in the Capitol riot, said they plan to prosecute Capitol Police and the anonymous officer who shot them .
Ms Babbit was fatally shot on the day of the attack as she attempted to climb through a window into the interior chambers of the Capitol.
The woman was 35 when she was killed and had a Trump campaign flag draped around her during the attack on Capitol Hill.
The Capitol Police officer who killed Ms Babbit has not been charged with a felony and has never been publicly identified.
However, Terry Roberts, the lawyer representing Ms Babbit’s family, said Zenger news that he knows the officer’s name.
“A novice police officer would not have shot this woman,” said Mr. Roberts. “If she had committed a crime by going through the window and into the President’s lobby, it would have been trespassing. A criminal offense. All a rookie cop would have done is arrest her.”
He claimed the officers – who were facing a crowd of thousands of Trump supporters trying to breach the building – could have simply stopped him.
“And he has a lot of other officers there to assist with the arrest,” the attorney said. “You had officers on Ashli’s side of the gate in riot gear and holding machine guns. And on the other side of the door, you have another officer in uniform 6 or 8 feet away. Who does he save his life by shooting him? … not to brandish a weapon. She’s on the windowsill. And there’s no reason to think she’s armed. “
Mr Roberts said the family are seeking $ 12 million in damages and believe the officers involved will be held personally responsible. He doesn’t think officers will be covered by skilled immunity protections that typically protect police during shootings that occur during law enforcement actions.
Ms. Babbit was the only rioter shot dead in the Capitol attack. Three other Trump supporters died of medical problems during the insurgency.
Capitol Hill police officer Brian Sicknick has died after being punched in the head by a Trump supporter, although subsequent medical reports concluded he died of “natural causes.”
Another officer committed suicide shortly after the insurgency.
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