Jonathan Turley Calls out Concerning Comments by Ashli Babbitt’s Shooter
The media has largely ignored the questions about the propriety of the shooting, because they were against Babbittâ€™s political beliefs. But the same standards of whether an officer is justified when shooting should apply whoever the person shot is â€” be they Trump supporter or BLM person.
Just as an aside, I canâ€™t recall even one BLM/Antifa person shot by a police officer in response to all the horribly violent things they did over the past year. As Turley points out, not one other officer who was present fired on any of the other rioters during the Capitol riot, despite other circumstances in which some were, in fact, attacked by rioters.
The question should be: is the person a threat justifying the use of deadly force? You donâ€™t get to shoot someone for being an unarmed trespasser during a riot. In the case of Babbitt, she was unarmed, as far as we know, hadnâ€™t attacked anyone, was standing outside the door with multiple other officers, who she had not attacked or hurt. She was climbing through a window when she was shot, not physically threatening Byrd or others.