The widower of Ashli Babbitt said the U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot his wife should “suck it up” and deal with the violent and racist threats he has been receiving since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
“I don’t even want to hear him talk about how he‘s getting death threats and he‘s scared. I’ve been getting death threats since Jan. 7 — two, three, five, 10 a day — and all I did on Jan. 6 was become a widower. So, you’re going to have to suck it up, bud, and take it,” Mr. Babbitt said on Fox News.
“I’ve had death threats and the most hateful crap thrown at me every single day, sometimes five or 10 a day, so I don’t have sympathy in that aspect,” Mr. Babbitt said in another interview on Newsmax.
Babbitt was shot and killed as she attempted to climb through a freshly broken window on a partition separating riotous supporters of former President Trump from U.S. Capitol Police and members of Congress.
“They talked about, you know, killing me, cutting off my head. You know, very vicious and cruel things,” said Mr. Byrd, adding there have been some racist attacks as well.
“It’s all disheartening because I know I was doing my job,” Mr. Byrd added.
“The actions of the officer in this case potentially saved members and staff from serious injury and possible death from a large crowd of rioters who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol and to the House Chamber where members and staff were steps away,” Capitol Police said when the agency cleared him in April.
Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran and supporter of Mr. Trump, was the only person shot by police during the riot.
The Justice Department has charged more than 500 people in connection with the attack.
Scores of police officers were injured during the riot at the Capitol, which happened as Congress met to recognize President Biden’s victory over Mr. Trump in the 2020 election, briefly disrupting the democratic process. Several officers died in the days afterward.
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