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Ashli Babbitt’s Family Sues to Learn Identity of Officer Who Shot Her
From Epoch Times, June 7, 2021:
The Metropolitan Police Department is being sued by the family of Ashli Babbitt to learn the identity of the law enforcement officer who fatally shot her in Washington on Jan. 6.
In a 7-page document filed this week in District of Columbia court, relative Aaron Babbitt asked a judge to compel the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Washington’s police force, to search for and hand over records he asked for in a Freedom of Information Act request.
The records include video footage of the shooting of Ashli Babbitt inside the U. S. Capitol, documents that identify the officer who shot her, and police training records of said officer.
The plaintiff submitted the request on April 21 and the MPD acknowledged receipt on the same day, according to the lawsuit. But as of June 4, the department has failed to produce the requested records or demonstrate that they are lawfully exempt from production.
Under Washington code, the MPD was required to do one or the other within 15 business days, or by May 12.
Alleging a violation of the Freedom of Information Act, Aaron Babbitt is asking the court through his lawyer, Terrell Roberts, to order MPD to conduct searches for all of the records requested and order the defendants to produce by a certain date all non-exempt records, as well as blocking the police agency from continuing to withhold the records.
The lawsuit should be merged with a similar action filed by the watchdog group Judicial Watch, the filing states.
An MPD spokeswoman told The Epoch Times in an email that the department does not comment on pending litigation.
The U. S. Capitol Police and the law firm representing the officer who shot Babbitt did not return requests for comment.
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