On the day of the two-year anniversary of her daughter’s death by shooting during the Capitol riot, the mother of Ashli Babbit has officially been taken into police custody while attending a demonstration near the Capitol.
A clip of the video was posted to social media which highlighted Babbitt’s mother, Micki Witthoeft, as she was being taken away by police officials and put into a Capitol Police vehicle this past Friday evening.
A statement was later issued by officials with the Capitol Police which explained that the 58-year-old was taken into custody due to a charge of blocking and obstructing roadways, along with another charge of allegedly violating a regulation to obey an order.
Officials with Capitol Police stated that there had been a group of demonstrators “illegally blocking traffic on Independence Avenue, SW, near First Street, SW.”
The release went on to say: “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.”
It concluded with: “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 took place next to the Capitol on the day of the two-year anniversary of the original Capitol riot. Witthoeft was a member of a group standing near the Supreme Court in support of people arrested and charged in connection to the riot, as reported by Getty. Witthoeft later explained to Newsmax that she had been arrested while attempting to lay down flower memorials for the four individuals from the January 6 crowd, which included her late daughter that died two years ago.
BABBITT'S MOTHER SPEAKS OUT: Micki Witthoeft, mother of Ashli Babbitt, speaks out to @SchmittNYC after she herself was arrested by Capitol police on the two-year anniversary of the date of her daughter's killing. ➡ https://t.co/QiLDC8cWv4 pic.twitter.com/9f01Q4bcjY
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) January 7, 2023
Democrats memorialized the anniversary of the event alongside President Joe Biden which awarded medals to a number of individuals, including a few police officers who were hurt while attending the building that day.
As an Air Force veteran in her mid-30s who had been a supporter of former President Donald Trump, Babbitt went into the U.S. Capitol with a large group of people back on January 6, 2021, which resulted in disruptions to legislators attempting to meet to certify the recently concluded 2020 election and announce Biden’s victory.