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NEWSMAX: The mother of the woman killed by U.S. Capitol Police on Jan. 6 called her daughter’s death a murder and said it was an outrage that the Defense Department did not allow Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt to be buried with the military honors usually accorded all honorably discharged personnel.
Micki Witthoeft said she was told by an Air Force colonel that Babbitt, 35, would be denied a military funeral because of her daughter’s participation in the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol.
”Somebody from the Air Force decided that because of her participation in Jan. 6, she would not be eligible. It doesn’t seem fair,” Witthoeft said on Newsmax‘s ”Greg Kelly Reports” on Thursday. ”It’s just an outrage. It’s an outrage. Like so many other things.
”You know, my daughter was a proud patriot protesting and not an insurrectionist. And I just think that narrative should cease to be pushed forward for any of our political prisoners. My daughter especially, included.”
A recording at the Air Force’s public affairs office at the Pentagon said the phone number could not accept messages.
Babbitt was shot and killed by Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd as she and others were attempting to enter an inner chamber of the Capitol. Reports indicated the unarmed Babbitt was crawling through a broken window next to a door. The Department of Justice and the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington both declined to bring charges in the case.
Regardless, Witthoeft, wearing a white T-shirt with the words ”Justice for Ashli,” dismissed the official findings.
”My daughter was funny, vivacious, full of life. I miss her every day,” she said. ”Not only did I lose a daughter, this country lost a proud patriot that day. Read the full story at Newsmax.