An internal Capitol Police memo states that "no further action will be taken" after the officer who fatally shot Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt was "formally exonerated" for use of force, according to department documents obtained by NBC News.
The unnamed officer in question who killed Babbitt outside a door of the Capitol building during the Jan. 6 riot has been formally exonerated after an internal investigation, the department memo revealed Friday. According to NBC News, a memo from the commander of the Capitol Police's Office of Personal Responsibility states that "no further action will be taken in this matter."
The cop whose name still has not been released opened fire on the 35-year-old as she and other Trump supporters tried to enter the Capitol. Viral video of the fatal shooting showed Babbitt in front of a crowd of rioters who had gained access to a hallway outside the "Speaker's Lobby," which leads to the House chamber.
On the federal level, the Justice Department announced back in April that no charges were being brought against the Capitol Police officer. The exoneration by the Capitol Police concludes the last remaining investigation into the incident.
The Department of Justice found that the federal investigation did not find evidence "to establish beyond a reasonable doubt" that the officer had violated any federal laws and that there was nothing to contradict that he believed it was necessary to shoot at Babbitt "in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber."
"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," and "based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution," the Department of Justice statement added.
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