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One of the reasons that conspiracy theories and internet sleuthing are on the rise is because there’s a critical breakdown in trust between the public and the government.
That breakdown can be organic and it can also be manufactured. Either way, it breeds distrust, suspicion, and drives a frenetic need in the public to uncover the “truth.”
We saw that happen in 2016 with the left’s obsession over all things “Russia.” Those conspiracy theories ran amok for four-plus years, and were fueled by political leaders and the mainstream media which convinced a large swath of the public that Vladimir Putin was secretly running the White House.
The left sincerely thought they were completely justified in what they believed — they felt distrust, disenfranchised, and out of control.
In the end their conspiracy was proven false, but to this day, many on the left are still wearing their tinfoil hats and pushing the Russia nonsense.
In all fairness, the right also engages in conspiracy theories as well — again, it’s human nature to distrust the “powers that be.”
And one incident that has sparked a lot of different theories and internet sleuthing is the melee that unfolded at the Capitol on January 6th.
That event has been marred by fake news, politicization, and has also been used by politicians as a weapon of mass control and destruction- and no, that’s not a “conspiracy theory,” it’s fact.
Early reports from “trusted” mainstream news sources claimed that Trump supporters beat a cop to death with a fire extinguisher.
That never happened, but if you spend any time on social media, you will see many people still pushing that lie. The same goes for calling it an “armed insurrection.” Trump supporters were not armed. The only people who had guns were Capitol Police. And to this date not a single person has been charged with the crime of insurrection.
However, those lies were the green light for Joe Biden to turn DC into a real-life version of the Hunger Games and unleash the power of his DOJ on “political dissenters.”
When in realty, the biggest tragedy that unfolded on January 6th was the shooting death of unarmed Trump Supporter Ashli Babbitt.
Many of the conspiracy theories surrounding January 6th revolve around her death — mainly because the government will not reveal the name of the man who shot her. By law, they don’t have to tell us who he is. Basically, “what happens on Capitol Hill, stays on Capitol Hill.”
They also decided not to charge him with her death, even though the Medical Examiner listed her cause of death as “homicide.”
BREAKING: The DOJ will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt on January 6th. pic.twitter.com/xrKjfrJGzV
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) April 14, 2021
This is a hard pill for the public to swallow, especially since we’ve seen working-class cops all across America get called out publicly when there’s a shooting of a black man, and then watched in horror as BLM burned our cities and businesses to the ground and threatened the officer’s life.
So, that’s why many people online have dedicated a lot of time to trying to figure out who shot Ashli Babbitt. They feel they have no other choice and that the government has let them down.
But it’s not just “citizen sleuths” who want to get to the bottom of this. Award-winning journalists also want answers.
Journalist Sharyl Attkisson is still trying to get an answer regarding who shot and killed protester Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot on January 6 and why the officer’s name is being kept secret.
The Capitol Police officer who killed Babbitt has not faced any charges for doing so. Rumors are still swirling that the officer is in hiding because he fears for his life but there has been no credible evidence to support those claims or actions.
One debunked theory that got a lot of attention online was that the man who shot Ashli was a Capitol Hill police officer by the name of David Bailey. But the family of Ashli Babbitt issued a statement that made it clear that Mr. Bailey was not the shooter.
That didn’t stop the sleuths and conspiracy theorists from more digging, and now, after uncovering two January 6th videos, these “citizen investigators” believe they’ve identified the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt.
The first video they uncovered is just 19-seconds long, and all you see is the hand of the shooter holding and firing the gun. However, the one thing the sleuths zeroed in on was the “French cuff” on the the shooters sleeve. They claim that’s not in-line with a standard Cap police officer uniform. They also took note of the bracelet the man is wearing.
At this point he had already decided to shoot someone. He just hadn’t picked the person yet. pic.twitter.com/MV39ll98ky
— Michael Moore (@mbracemoore) May 4, 2021
Using that “cuff” and bracelet as their new hot pieces of evidence, the sleuths searched through piles of footage until they found what they believe is footage of the man who matches that cuff and bracelet.
See for yourself:
No sound. This is right as they evacuated.
Nothing will ever come of it but at least we can see who shot Ashli Babbitt. pic.twitter.com/e3Ea5xs6p0
— Michael Moore (@mbracemoore) May 5, 2021
So, while this is the latest theory, it sadly will likely not be the last, because we have a government who refuses to be transparent with the people who pay their salaries.
I’ve heard people say that Chuck Schumer was the man who killed Ashli Babbitt, or that Nancy Pelosi ordered the killing. There are a lot of wild-eyed theories floating around out there, and that’s a shame, because the American people deserve better, and so does Ashli’s family.
Her family and her supporters deserve the truth and an explanation for why her life was snuffed out. That’s what this really should be all about. Eliminating the “sleuths” by sharing the truth.
And until that happens, people will continue “investigating” this for themselves and good or bad, they’ll keep sharing what they find online, and the cycle of distrust between public and government will continue to grow.