The mother of Ashli Babbitt, who was killed in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, was arrested on Friday for obstructing traffic near the Capitol.
U.S. Capitol Police say they have arrested 58-year-old Micki Witthoeft for allegedly obstructing traffic. Before 2 p.m. on Friday, police reported that a group of protesters who did not have a permit to demonstrate on Capitol grounds had blocked traffic on Independence Avenue SW and First Street SW.
According to police, they formed a line to prevent the crowd from proceeding and warned them to get out of the way or face arrest. Police say Witthoeft refused and then asked to be arrested. She was taken into custody, processed, and given the notice to appear in court at a later time.
It was determined by a Justice Department investigation that Witthoeft’s daughter, Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, was shot on January 6, 2021, while attempting to enter the Capitol through a broken glass panel in a barricaded door.
Supporters of President Donald Trump, including Babbitt, gathered in a corridor outside the Speaker’s lobby, which leads to the House chamber, as a mob of hundreds of people stormed the building, temporarily delaying efforts to confirm President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
The DOJ claims that as Babbitt attempted to crawl through the door, a Capitol Police officer inside the lobby fired his service pistol, striking her in the left shoulder and causing her to fall back to the floor. The agency claimed she was taken to Washington Hospital Center but later died there.
The Announcement Identifies The Woman As Ms. Witthoeft
As reported by the police, Ms. Witthoeft was detained for two violations: disobeying an order and blocking or obstructing a roadway. According to the release, Ms. Witthoeft was processed and released with a citation to appear in court.
Two years ago, Ms. Babbitt was killed in the Capitol riot while donning a Donald Trump flag as a cape. She had broken a window on the inside of the Capitol building and was trying to crawl through it to reach the Speaker’s Lobby, where legislators were still meeting. There were warnings from Capitol Police that the rioters should not enter, but they persisted anyway.
A Capitol police officer opened fire on her as she was halfway through a window, striking her in the neck near the shoulder. Her injuries proved fatal, and she passed away at a hospital in Washington, DC.
Many on the far right and in Trump’s camp have called for the release of the officer’s identity after her death, viewing her as a martyr for their cause.
Mr. Trump’s name appears among those who have called for the shooter’s identity to be revealed in the murder of Ms. Babbitt.
Who shot a defenseless, wonderful, incredible woman who happened to be a member of the armed forces? Mr. Trump asked that in a July 2021 interview with Fox Business.
At The Two-Year Anniversary Of The January 6 riot, Ashli Babbitt’s Mother Was Detained Outside The Capitol
When Ashli Babbitt’s mother joined a larger group to protest the Capitol riot that took place on the second anniversary of her daughter’s death, on January 6, 2021, she was arrested.
A press release from the police department stated that 58-year-old Micki Witthoeft was arrested for two traffic violations: disobeying an order from Capitol Police and illegally blocking traffic.
On January 6, Witthoeft’s daughter, Babbitt, joined the mob that stormed the Capitol. At the time that members of Congress were still being evacuated from the House chamber, Babbitt was shot and killed by Capitol Police as she attempted to enter the building through a barricaded door.
It was two years after the attack, on a Friday, that her mother and other protesters illegally blocked traffic near the Capitol. Apparently, Witthoeft was arrested after she ignored officers’ repeated requests that she move to the sidewalk.
One Capitol Police officer is heard telling Witthoeft, “You’re not obeying the traffic laws,” during a Livestream of the incident. You’ll either have to get out on the sidewalk or face arrest. Witthoeft reacted by reversing position and hiding her hands.
Police Say The Group Did Not Have The Proper Paperwork To Hold A Rally In The Capitol Building
While attempting to enter the Speaker’s Lobby of the Capitol through a broken window, 35-year-old Babbitt was shot and killed by security guards. There was a mob supporting then-President Donald Trump’s false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, and police had to rescue members of Congress from the crowd.
Having determined that the Capitol police officer who shot her acted in self-defense and in the defence of members of Congress, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has exonerated him of any wrongdoing. This officer has also been given the all-clear by the Capitol Police.
On Friday, no information about how to reach Witthoeft was available, and it was unclear whether she was represented by counsel. Attempts to reach Babbitt at his brother’s listed phone number resulted in the recording of a voicemail.
“determined the officer’s conduct was lawful and within Department policy,” according to the Capitol Police OPR. “An officer may use deadly force only when the officer reasonably believes that action is in the defence of human life, including the officer’s own life, or in the defence of any person in immediate danger of serious physical injury.”