Seven deaths were connected to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. This included Ashli, an Air Force veteran who tried to break through an inner passageway that led into the House of Representatives.
The moment was captured on video by 27-year-old John Sullivan, who says he was inside the Capitol as a journalist just doing his job and recording history as it happened — a claim that has been met with skepticism.
Sullivan spoke to Inside Edition on that particular day.
“If I chose not to go that day, none of that footage would have been shown to the public. We might never have seen Ashli Babbitt get shot,”Sullivan stated.
But authorities don’t see it that way. They charged Sullivan with unlawful entry and civil disorder.
Sullivan replied that he did not believe he was among the rioters when Sullivan was asked. “I was not there to instigate, to riot or any of the above. They make me into this violent person, this criminal that I’m not.”
However, there are videos taken by Sullivan where he can be heard making questionable comments, including “Let’s burn this **** down.”
“Anything I said was to protect myself. Anything I said was to keep myself from being basically beat up by Trump supporters,”Sullivan stated.
The far right has embraced Ashli Babbitt as a martyr.
According to the Capitol Hill police officer, who shot her, he fled for several months after being threatened with death. In an interview with Lester Holt, NBC anchor, he only made his public debut last August.
Michael Byrd claims that he only opened fire as a last resort when rioters refused to obey his orders.
“She was posing a threat to the United States House of Representatives,”Byrd stated.
The Justice Department has cleared Byrd of any wrongdoing. The video shot by Sullivan is a crucial piece of evidence.
“I was going there to tell that story of these people, who were so-called patriots, are actually terrorists trying to destroy our country and our democracy,”Sullivan stated.
Sullivan was released with several conditions. These included being prohibited from using social media and not participating in any protests.