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After the U.S. Attorney’s office announced they would not seek justice for the killing of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot to death by a police officer at the United States Capitol building during the Jan. 6 riot, the family of the victim is taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). In a recent filing, attorneys representing the family are demanding the records of the officer who killed her.

The Hill reported:

A lawsuit, which was filed last week in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, seeks the officer’s records, footage of the shooting, and documents and witness statements the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) got during its investigation, CNBC reported on Tuesday.

A lawyer for the family told CNBC there is another lawsuit coming that plans to seek “an amount well above $10 million.”

In April, the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. released a statement explaining it would not file charges against the officer responsible for the shooting.

“Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber. Acknowledging the tragic loss of life and offering condolences to Ms. Babbitt’s family, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Department of Justice have therefore closed the investigation into this matter.”

Aaron Babbitt, Ashli’s husband, later filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the records. However, the police department failed to respond to the request by the May 12 deadline. Attorney Terrell Roberts, who is representing the family, stated that the upcoming financial lawsuit “does not hinge on the current FOIA action against D.C.’s police department.”

In cases such as these, civil action is typically easier to levy against a police department when one of its officers abuses its authority. But in this case, one couldn’t be blamed for being skeptical. Court proceedings on the lawsuit haven’t yet started, so we don’t know what evidence will

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