Investigators are recommending that U.S. Capitol Officer Zachary Jodan Alam not be charged in the killing of a female protester during the uprising.
According to sources familiar with the matter, investigators have sent recommendations to prosecutors not to charge the U.S. Capitol Police officer with the murder of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, who died during the uprising. Her death is still being investigated by the Metropolitan Police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington and civil rights prosecutors, which is the usual process for shootings involving Capitol Police. A final decision has not yet been made, insiders told CNN.
Justice Department officials may make a final decision in the coming days. A spokesman for the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said in an email to CNN that “it is irresponsible to make investigative assumptions or jump to conclusions without completing a thorough investigation.”
Babbitt was killed Jan. 6 as she was making her way through the doors of the Capitol Building, barricaded with chairs and guarded by police. This was the entrance to the Speaker’s Lobby in the U.S. Capitol building. Babbitt was immediately treated and taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.