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The US exonerated policeman who shot and killed a woman veteran

In the United States, the police officer who shot and killed U.S. Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt during the storming of the Capitol on January 6, was acquitted. This was reported by the Fox News television channel.

Capitol Police did not punish the officer because an internal investigation found no wrongdoing. The Office of Professional Responsibility deemed the killing of the female veteran legal because it was “consistent with department policy.”

The department said the officer, whose identity has not been disclosed, could have used the weapon because he “reasonably” believed the action was intended to protect human life. “Had the doors been forced open, rioters would have had immediate access to the House of Representatives,” U.S. Capitol Police said.

Ashli Babbitt was shot in the chest in the Capitol building before dying in the hospital. Her husband said she had served in the U.S. Air Force for 14 years and was a high-ranking security officer.

In January, the officer who shot Babbitt was placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. His credentials were suspended pending the results of a joint investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department and Capitol Police.

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