Monday, 10 May 2021

Trump supporter shot dead by police had history of criminal charges

The 35-year-old Trump supporter shot dead by police in the Capitol reportedly had a history of run-ins with the law.  

Ashli Babbitt was named by police as the woman shot at close range by an officer after she tried to climb through a broken window in the hallway of Congress. Widely-shared footage shows the moment she is gunned down, while at least one American channel showed live images of medics rushing a bloodied woman, believed to be Mrs Babbitt, away on a stretcher. 

The US Air Force veteran of 14 years, from San Diego, was later confirmed to have died from a bullet wound to the chest at a hospital.

Now it has emerged that the Trump supporter had faced various prosecutions and restraining orders, DailyMail.com reported. The website said she was previously charged with reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property – but not convicted.

It added that she was also the subject of two restraining orders, in 2012 and 2017.

DailyMail.com reported that under one previous name of McEntree, she was prosecuted for tampering with a car on a country road in Prince Frederick, a Maryland town outside Washington DC. 

Citing court records, it said police found probable cause for the two criminal charges, but Calvert County court acquitted her of the reckless endangerment charge, while she was found not guilty of malicious destruction or tampering.

KUSI-TV quoted her husband as saying Mrs Babbitt had been a staunch Trump supporter and ‘a great patriot.’

She described herself as a ‘Libertarian’ on her Twitter page.

On Tuesday she tweeted: ‘Nothing will stop us….they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!’

That came before Trump supporters stormed the iconic Washington building in scenes that shocked the world, before President-elect Joe Biden branded the rioters ‘domestic terrorists’.

Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund in a statement said the officer who fatally shot Mrs Babbitt, who was among a group of Trump supporters trying to force their way into the House chamber, was on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Earlier, District of Columbia police identified the three people who had medical emergencies and died during the storming of the Capitol.

They were 55-year-old Kevin Greeson, of Athens, Alabama; 34-year-old Rosanne Boyland, of Kennesaw, Georgia; and 50-year-old Benjamin Phillips, of Ringtown, Pennsylvania.

Police Chief Robert Contee would not go into detail about the exact causes of their deaths and would not say if any of the three was actively involved in breaching the Capitol building on Wednesday.

Mr Contee would only say that all three ‘were on the grounds of the Capitol when they experienced their medical emergencies.’

Mr Greeson’s family says he had a heart attack. They described him as a supporter of President Donald Trump’s but denied that he condoned violence.

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