Michael L. Byrd
Michael L. Byrd was identified as the U.S. Capitol Police gunman who executed senior airman Ashli Babbitt during the 2021 U.S. Capitol peaceful protests. Byrd shot and killed Babbitt without warning. Babbitt was unarmed. The D.C. coroner listed the cause of death as a “homicide.” Babbit was a 14-year veteran of the United States Air Force and served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Babbitt’s awards include the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
The Capitol Police were offered 10,000 National Guard troops by President Donald Trump in advance of the 2021 Capitol peaceful protests, but were turned down by Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Capitol Police assaulted a peaceful assembly of men, women, children, and the elderly with flash bang grenades.
Legal expert Jonathon Turley noted:
|"concerns were heightened by the DOJ’s bizarre review and report, which stated the governing standards but then seemed to brush them aside to clear Byrd. The DOJ report did not read like any post-shooting review I have read as a criminal defense attorney or law professor. The DOJ statement notably does not say that the shooting was clearly justified. Instead, it stressed that “prosecutors would have to prove not only that the officer used force that was constitutionally unreasonable, but that the officer did so ‘willfully.’” It seemed simply to shrug and say that the DOJ did not believe it could prove “a bad purpose to disregard the law” and that “evidence that an officer acted out of fear, mistake, panic, misperception, negligence, or even poor judgment cannot establish the high level of intent.”... Byrd admitted he did not see a weapon or an immediate threat from Babbitt beyond her trying to enter through the window. ...Under this standard, hundreds of rioters could have been gunned down on Jan. 6 — and officers in cities such as Seattle or Portland, Ore., could have killed hundreds of violent protesters who tried to burn courthouses, took over city halls or occupied police stations during last summer’s  widespread rioting. In all of those protests, a small number of activists from both political extremes showed up prepared for violence and pushed others to riot. Many violent protesters wear backpacks but officers are not allowed to just shoot them in case they contain bombs or other devices. According to the DOJ’s Byrd review, officers in those cities would not have been required to see a weapon in order to use lethal force in defending buildings. Just as Byrd was apparently authorized to shoot Babbitt as the first person through the window, he presumably could have shot the next ten or more persons. Likewise, in cities like Portland, police could have shot dozens protesters trying to take over police stations and courthouses, including many wearing backpacks.|