Some good news to pass along on this lazy Saturday. August weekends with humidity demand news that we can agree with.
The Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt outside a door of the U.S. Capitol has been formally exonerated after an internal investigation. We should all be able to take comfort in this outcome.
As a supporter of police and law enforcement, I grieved for the officer who had to take the ultimate action required to safeguard the place where members of Congress were hiding.
Babbitt was in front of a crowd of seditious rioters on January 6th, trying to get through a door leading to where members of Congress were being evacuated on the House side of the building. She should not have been trying to break down doors, bust glass, or undermine democracy.
Over many years, with numerous messages on social media, she placed herself squarely as an ardent supporter of Donald Trump and a follower and promoter of many well-known radical conservative activists as well as leaders of the QAnon conspiracy theory movement.
The violence of the rioters, which she promoted was, in the end, what took her life. I know I am supposed to feel empathy for her, but I can not. Given the gravity of her actions against the nation, our political institutions, and the conclusion of our process of free and fair elections, there is nothing one can feel but relief the insurrectionists failed in their efforts to damage our republic.
The Justice Department had announced in April that no charges were being brought against the officer. The exoneration by the Capitol Police wraps up the last remaining investigation into the incident.
As it should be.