Michael Byrd Wiki – Michael Byrd Biography
Michael Byrd was identified as the Capitol police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran from San Diego who tried to climb through a door with broken glass inside the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021.
The U.S. Department of Justice had previously announced that the officer would not face criminal charges in connection with Babbitt’s death, in part because members of Congress were being evacuated from the area near where the shooting occurred. Controversy ensued over authorities’ refusal to name Byrd.
His age is unclear.
A graphic live stream video showed the 35-year-old Babbitt lying almost motionless on the ground inside the Capitol building as supporters of President Donald Trump milled in a hallway and roamed around the chambers of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Babbitt was killed as she tried to climb through a window that led into a hallway connected to the House chamber as members of Congress scrambled to safety.
Here's the video of the Capitol police shooting Ashli Babbitt as she and others attempted to break into the Speaker's Lobby (a warning about viewing this)
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) January 8, 2021
Babbitt’s husband told KUSI-TV in San Diego that she was a “strong supporter of President Trump, and was a great patriot to all who knew her,” in the words of the station.
Michael Byrd Not Charged
The U.S. Department of Justice announced that “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt.”
A statement read, “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section and the Civil Rights Division, with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD), conducted a thorough investigation of Ms Babbitt’s shooting. Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer-involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy. Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution. Officials from IAD informed a representative of Ms Babbitt’s family today of this determination.”
According to that news release, “The investigation determined that, on January 6, 2021, Ms Babbitt joined a crowd of people that gathered on the U.S. Capitol grounds to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election. Inside the Capitol building, a Joint Session of Congress convened to certify the results of the Electoral College vote, was underway. Members of the crowd outside the building, which was closed to the public during the Joint Session, eventually forced their way into the Capitol building and past U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers attempting to maintain order. The Joint Session was stopped, and the USCP began evacuating members of Congress.”
Byrd Crime History
Byrd was the subject of a 2019 story in the publication Roll Call. Described as a “U.S. Capitol Police lieutenant,” Roll Call reported that he “left his service weapon in a bathroom Monday night and the unattended gun was discovered later by another Capitol Police officer.”
Lt. Mike Byrd “left his Glock 22 in a bathroom in the Capitol Visitor Center complex,” sources told Roll Call of that incident. Speaking at a roll call, Byrd told other officers he “will be treated differently” because he was a lieutenant, although it wasn’t clear how exactly he meant that comment, Roll Call reported.
According to KUSI, Babbitt was “a 14-year veteran, who served four tours with the U.S. Air Force, and was a high level security official throughout her time in service.”
CNN reported, via sources, that the woman was shot in the chest on the Capitol grounds and was initially in critical condition. She later died, however.
In the live stream video, Trump supporters shout that someone was killed, and the video pans to the woman lying with blood coming out of her mouth. “Oh f***, they killed her,” says one person.
After the shooting, Trump released a video in which he declared that people should go home but stated that he loved them.
“I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us,” Trump said.