Lt. Michael Byrd, the Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbit on January 6th, was cleared without ever even being interviewed, according to a new report.
Byrd was interviewed on TV by Lester Holt, who treated him with kid gloves, but the people who were charged with investigating the shooting never even spoke to him before he was cleared of wrongdoing.
How is this even possible?
Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Was Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing Without Interview
When U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd went on “NBC Nightly News” to tell his side of shooting and killing unarmed Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt, he made a point to note he’d been investigated by several agencies and exonerated for his actions that day.
“There’s an investigative process [and] I was cleared by the DOJ [Department of Justice], and FBI and [the D.C.] Metropolitan Police,” he told NBC News anchor Lester Holt in August, adding that the Capitol Police also cleared him of wrongdoing and decided not to discipline or demote him for the shooting.
Byrd then answered a series of questions by Holt about the shooting, but what he told the friendly journalist, he likely never told investigators. That’s because he refused to answer their questions, according to several sources and documents reviewed by RealClearInvestigations.
In fact, investigators cleared Byrd of wrongdoing in the shooting without actually interviewing him about the shooting or threatening him with punishment if he did not cooperate with their criminal investigation.
“He didn’t provide any statement to [criminal] investigators and they didn’t push him to make a statement,” Babbitt family attorney Terry Roberts said in an RCI interview. “It’s astonishing how skimpy his investigative file is.”
Byrd was actually promoted. Tucker reported on this:
The low impulse control, diversity hire, michael byrd, who shot Ashl Babbitt, is now the commander for security of the House of Representatives. pic.twitter.com/FQAGpZXlIE
— Chuck (@VikeKang_) January 13, 2022
Do you think you would get this treatment if you had done what Byrd did?
How long do Democrats think people are going to accept this form of selective justice?