President Donald Trump has celebrated Ashli Babbitt as a martyr after she was shot while attempting to climb through a window into the Speaker's Lobby outside the House of Representatives.
Trump falsely claimed Babbitt was "innocent" and called her a "wonderful, incredible woman" despite the fact the QAnon conspiracy theorist and Air Force veteran violated her oath to defend the Constitution by attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) broke with Trump during a CSPAN interview looking back at what he experienced during the January 6th insurrection.
Mullin explained that he talked with the officer who shot Babbitt.
"He was the last person in the world who ever wanted to use force like that and he wasn't one to do that," Mullin said. "I know for a fact, because after it happened, he came over. He was physically and emotionally distraught. I actually gave him a hug and I said, 'Sir, you did what you had to do.'"
"And I mean that," he added.
"He was doing his job, he got put in a situation where he had to do his job because there were members still in the balcony. And if you're going to present your weapon in a manner and give commands and they still don't listen and they still approach, you don't have a choice because either you have to at that point discharge your weapon in a manner of self-defense or that weapon is going to be taken away from you, it's going to be used on you and put all of our lives in danger, too," Mullin explained.
A Justice Department investigation found "there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution" of the officer who killed Babbitt.
On Friday, the Sunnyside Post reported that Maricia Bell, a woman in the Utopia neighborhood of Queens, New York City, has been arrested after allegedly spending months going on an "anti-Asian assault spree."
"The first incident took place on May 23 at around 9 p.m. when Bell punched a 24-year-old Asian man inside a parking lot, located at the rear of 71-43 Kissena Blvd., and ran off with his glasses," reported Michael Dorgan.
Bell's most recent anti-Asian attack, the report notes, occurred on July 21 when "she targeted a 75-year-old Asian woman who was collecting bottles on the street... and struck her in the back of the head with a hammer."
The victim would suffer a laceration to the head as a result of the attack.
According to the report, Bell is charged with a slew of crimes including robbery, assault, and aggravated harassment, with the hate crime enhancement.
Anti-Asian hate crimes have surged since last year, with many victims being targeted out of the incorrect belief that they were responsible for spreading COVID-19 to the United States. These crimes range from random acts of violence to grisly murder plots, like the Atlanta spree killer who attacked women in Asian spas. Congress passed a measure earlier this year cracking down on these hate crimes.
Andrew Quentin Taake was arrested Friday by the FBI, which has accused him of pepper-spraying officers and striking them with a metal "whip-like device" at the January 6 Capitol riot.
And apparently it was Taake's online dating foray that helped get him in trouble.
Taake, 32, of Houston, was tipped off to the FBI by someone who said they hadn't met him -- but was texting with him about the riot -- on Bumble.
"Witness 1 messaged Taake on a dating app, Bumble, while he was in Washington, D.C.," prosecutors allege. "Although Taake and Witness 1 never met in person, Taake discussed his participation in the riot with Witness 1 and sent Witness 1 several pictures of himself, including a picture of himself taken on January 6, 2021, after he was allegedly pepper sprayed by law enforcement officers. Witness 1 said Taake admitted to being inside the U.S. Capitol for approximately 30 minutes."
According to the report, "Bumble provides users with the location information of other individuals using the application." That apparently helped the FBI place Taake in Alexandria, VA on a motorcycle headed for the Capitol, as well as on a plane flight to or from Houston.
The FBI stated it was able to identify Taake through photographic evidence.
"The FBI also located publicly posted videos and photographs showing Taake at the U.S. Capitol. Several of these images show Taake using what appears to be a metal whip and pepper spray to attack law enforcement officers. "
The report says that as police lined up behind a barricade of bike racks to defend the Capitol, rioters began attacking including Taake, who "raised his arm and pepper sprayed the officers." Taake then retreated back into the crowd of rioters.
Some 45 minutes later, Taake is seen "striking officers with a weapon that appears to be a whip" before similarly retreating to the crowd, according to the report.
The report identifies Taake as the owner of a business called Hi-Flow Houston.
Taake faces felony charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, as well as variety of obstruction, violent unlawful entry and disorderly conduct charges. You can read the complaint here.
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