Capitol Officer who shot Ashil Babbit didn't know if she was armed, suggests it didn't matter

NBC News reported: "In an exclusive interview with Lester Holt, Capitol Police Lieutenant Michael Byrd describes why he’s choosing to identify himself. Byrd shares his account of the January 6 riot, as officers barricaded the door and he fired a single shot, killing Ashli Babbitt."

Byrd says in the interview he didn't know if she was armed or not and suggests it didn't matter. He says he displayed courage that day and was doing his job.

Lester Holt even asks about it as quoted on Not The Bee:

Lester Holt: Her family points out that she was not armed.

Michael Byrd: That's correct.

Lester Holt: The fact that you weren't aware whether she was armed or not, did that alter the decision-making?

Michael Byrd: It did not.
Many speculate that if this happened to a member of BLM there would be protests and riots all over the country.

Byrd is also asked about an incident where he left his service weapon in a bathroom and if that situation defines his ability to make decisions.

He owns up to that, but he still shot an unarmed woman and many of us believe he could have simply pushed her away from the window instead of shooting her.

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