Sunday, April 18, 2021

Everything is a mystery

"Mystery Surrounding Ashli Babbitt’s Shooter Deepens as Curious Details About “Capitol Police” Emerge" (revolver, continuing its impressive work): 

"The fact that we don’t know this officer’s name is concerning enough, but what’s equally concerning is that we don’t even know what agency he belongs to. 

Was this officer part of the Capitol Police force? 

Well, the secrecy surrounding the case would suggest that yes perhaps he was, but we’re only speculating. 

Everything is a mystery when it comes to the Capitol Police because they operate under a totally different set of rules. 

Thanks to their buddies in Congress, the U.S. Capitol Police do not follow the same public reporting or transparency protocols that most other major police forces do. 

For example, if someone is shot outside the Capitol by a DC police officer, the department is required by law to release the names of the officers involved in the shooting. 

The Capitol Police force is not required to release the names of officers involved in any shooting, and most-often times they choose to withhold that information from the public. 

Not to mention, Capitol Police are also under no obligation to respond to FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests. 

The Capitol Police are part of the Legislative Branch and are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. That means if a journalist or watchdog group asks for records on police misconduct or inspector general reports, they’ll come up empty because Capitol Police are not required under the law to comply."

and:
"If the man who shot Ashli Babbit is not in fact a member of the Capitol Police, is it possible that authorities are studiously hiding his agency affiliation in order to avoid FOIA requests which don’t apply to Capitol Police but could for other agencies (say, the Secret Service).

Some more facts. Unlike most major police departments, Capitol police are not equipped with body cameras.

Honestly, it’s mind-boggling that Democrats are demanding a nation-wide discussion on police reform and transparency, yet the officers who are sworn to protect them have almost no transparency and no accountability whatsoever to the public who pay their salaries.

One can’t help but wonder if the lack of “transparency” within the Capitol Police force is not only about covering up questionable police activity, but also protecting the privacy of politicians. Just imagine what we’d find out about our sacred political figures if we had access to police reports and body cam footage from inside the Capitol?"
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