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A memorial for Ashli Babbitt near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., January 8, 2021 (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

Ashli Babbitt’s family is reportedly suing to reveal the identity of the Capitol police officer who fatally shot her as she attempted to enter the Speaker’s Lobby outside of the House chamber during the January 6 Capitol riot.

The suit comes after the Justice Department announced in April that the officer who shot Babbitt had been cleared of criminal wrongdoing and would not face charges.

Authorities found there was insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution of the unnamed officer.  The investigation concluded that it was reasonable for the officer to believe he was firing in self-defense or in defense of members of Congress and aides who were fleeing the House chamber.

“The investigation revealed no evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer willfully committed a violation” of Babbitt’s rights against excessive force. 

The lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C., last week also requests further video of the shooting, statements made by witnesses and other information gathered during the MPD’s investigation, according to CNBC. 

The suit claims the police department has not complied with a Freedom of Information Act request deadline filed by Babbitt’s husband, Aaron Babbitt. He reportedly filed the request days after the DOJ announced it would not charge the officer involved. 

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