WASHINGTON, DC – Texas Representative Troy Nehls has sent a letter to Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger regarding the killing of Ashli Babbitt.
Specifically, Nehls said that he has much law enforcement experience and did not see anything that corroborated Lieutenant Michael Byrd’s statements that he was forced to shoot Babbitt in self defense and in defense of those inside the Capitol building.
Nehls said that he personally reviewed all paperwork associated with the January 6 incident. “Based on my extensive law enforcement experience,” the letter stated, “I see nothing that could have possibly justified the lethal use of force against Ms. Babbitt on January 6, 2021. It is simply implausible that a single unarmed individual crawling through a broken window could have presented a serious life and death threat to LT Byrd or Members of Congress.”
Police across the country come under scrutiny whenever they use deadly force.
Why is the DOJ not applying the same level of scrutiny to the Ashli Babbitt shooting?
— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) October 15, 2021
Nehls goes on to mention that it’s been suggested by other Capitol police officers that the investigation into Byrd was dropped “because of his position and other political considerations.”
He continued to say that he is concerned about the lack of transparency by the Capitol Police and Department of Justice in this case, “along with millions of other Americans.”
The letter closed with Nehls asking for the documents on the Babbitt shooting to be made public.