Capitol Police Arrest Ashli Babbitt’s Mother On Two-Year Anniversary Of Riot

The mother of Ashli Babbitt, a supporter of former President Donald Trump who was shot and killed during the Capitol riot, got arrested at a demonstration near the Capitol on Friday afternoon.

Video footage posted to Twitter showed Babbitt’s mother, Micki Witthoeft, being escorted by officers into a Capitol Police vehicle.

Capitol Police released a statement that said Witthoeft, 58, was arrested on a charge of blocking and obstructing roadways, as well as for allegedly violating a regulation to obey an order.

Capitol Police said there were a group of demonstrators “illegally blocking traffic on Independence Avenue, SW, near First Street, SW.”

The statement added: “The group did not have a permit to demonstrate on Capitol Grounds. Officers established a clear police line to prevent the group from moving further west on Independence Avenue, SW. The officers and officials told the group to get out of the road or the group would be arrested. The sidewalk was open. A woman in the group was given multiple warnings to get out of the road. Instead of getting out of the road, the woman refused to leave, turned around with her hands behind her back, and asked to be arrested.”

The statement concluded: “As is typical for this charge, Ms. Witthoeft was processed and released this afternoon after being given a citation to appear in court at a later date.”

The demonstration near the Capitol took place on the two-year anniversary of the Capitol riot. Witthoeft was part of a group demonstrating near the Supreme Court in support of people arrested and charged in connection to the riot, per Getty. Democrats marked the occasion, including President Joe Biden awarding medals to a dozen individuals, including police officers who were injured defending the Capitol that day.

Babbitt, an Air Force veteran in her mid-30s, entered the U.S. Capitol with a throng of people on January 6, 2021, disrupting lawmakers meeting to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

A Capitol Police officer shot Babbitt as she tried to jump through a broken window of a barricaded door near the Speaker’s Lobby. She later died at a nearby hospital from her injuries.

After the Justice Department refused to pursue criminal charges and the Capitol Police declined to take disciplinary action in connection to the incident, Lt. Michael Byrd revealed himself as the officer who shot Babbitt.

“I know that day I saved countless lives,” Byrd said in an interview with NBC News. “I know members of Congress, as well as my fellow officers and staff, were in jeopardy and in serious danger. And that’s my job.”

Though Babbitt’s family in San Diego, California, were said to sue the Capitol Police for $10 million, CBS 8 reported in June 2022 that they had yet to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Babbitt’s widower, Aaron Babbitt, told TMZ early last year he believed Ashli Babbitt would not have entered the Capitol if he flew to Washington, D.C., with her.

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