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Written By Michelle Botello
A woman was shot last Wednesday on January 6 at the Trump protest inside the US Capitol. Three others were also killed and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said investigators are trying to determine details.
The woman killed was Ashli Babbit, 35, and she was an Ocean Beach resident in San Diego. She was a military veteran and a Trump believer who is believed to have died honoring her president.
One day before the protest she tweeted “Nothing will stop us...they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours...dark to light”, included in nydailynews.com.
She was shot in the chest by the officer amidst the chaos when she attempted to climb through a window into the Congressional chamber. The impact of the shot threw her backwards onto the ground and she died several hours later.
A witness, Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin, spoke to ABC and said that the Capitol officer “had no choice.” There is an investigation in process. Police brutality is an abstract concept for some but a stark reality for others.
There are ways you can participate if you don’t feel safe when it comes to protesting. You can donate money, drop off supplies, or contact local legislators.
There is a risk in attending these protests. All the answers are not found in rioting. What if the point of it is not the result? In taking risks, we face our fears which can lead to failure. What if that isn’t such a bad thing?
Let’s look at the 16th president of the US, Abraham Lincoln, who lost eight elections, failed two times in business, and had a nervous breakdown before becoming one of the greatest American presidents.
Through failure he found the persistence needed to later lead the country through its hardest periods, and maybe he would never have been able to do this without failing himself and gaining through the experience.
President-elect Joe Biden said that was “one of the darkest days in the history of our nation” and sees president Trump responsible for it. Michelle Obama said that Wednesday “desecrated the centre of American government”.
Leaders have asked Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment which transfers the power of the president to the vice-president, according to the BBC.
www.nydailynews.com: Ashli Babbit
www.dailymail.co.uk: US Capitol Cop Is Put On Leave…
www.goodnet.org: How Taking Risks Can Lead You To A Better Life
www.bbc.com: Biden: Black Lives Protesters Treated Very Differently