The mother of Ashli Babbitt, Micki Witthoeft, has spoken out after she was arrested for failing to obey an order and obstructing a roadway during a remembrance for her daughter.
Witthoeft, whose unarmed daughter was shot and killed during the January 6 protest, told NewsMax that she and others were looking for a spot to lay flowers at the Capitol for Babbitt and other “unarmed American patriots,” who died during the 2021 protest.
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
“I put my hands behind my back,” Witthoeft told NewsMax. “And that was when he started yanking me around. And then I was placed under arrest for failure to obey and obstructing a roadway.”
Witthoeft maintained that her arrest was political and that the January 6 committee was a “big sham.” She added that the committee have been lying about the event since day one.
Shortly after the arrest, the Capitol police released a statement claiming it arrested Witthoeft and some others because they were illegally blocking traffic. Capitol police also confirmed that Witthoeft was arrested on a charge of blocking and obstructing roadways, as well as for allegedly violating a regulation to obey an order.
“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 Capitol Police said.
Witthoeft revealed that she and others have been holding vigils outside the Washington, D.C. jail where some January 6 defendants are being held.
President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has thrown every rule possible at January 6 defendants, with many held in solitary confinement in jail that many have termed the “gulag.”
Julie Kelly, who is an advocate for many of the January 6 defendants, revealed that the DOJ and the FBI are still making more arrests every week.
“You have new defendants, new people who have been arrested and charged just this week, including for misdemeanor offenses,” Kelly said. “They are closing in on a thousand total defendants.”
The DOJ’s treatment of the defendants starkly contrasts its treatment of violent protesters and looters during the Black Live Matter protest in 2020.