By Oisin Sweeney • 07 January 2021 • 20:58
Ashlii Babbett was shot dead as she attempted to storm the US Capitol with other Trump supporters - Image Source: Twitter
THE POLICE OFFICER who shot and killed a Trump supporter during a shocking mob siege of Washington’s Capitol has been suspended from duty.
Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund confirmed that the police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt as she and other Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building in Washington DC has been suspended from duty pending further investigations.
“As per the USCP’s policy, the USCP employee has been placed on administrative leave and their police powers have been suspended pending the outcome of a joint Metropolitan Police Department and USCP investigation,” Mr. Sund said.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee told a press conference on Thursday (January 7th) that 56 of its officers had been injured during the chaotic incident, with one officer still in hospital after being beaten and tased by the violent mob.
“We still have a significant amount of work ahead of us to identify and hold each and every one of the violent mob accountable for their violent actions,” Mr. Contee said.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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