Proud Boys Say Ashli Babbitt, Woman Shot at Capitol, 'Not a Criminal like George Floyd'

The Proud Boys have paid their respects to the woman killed by police during the insurrection at the Capitol while claiming she was "murdered by agents of the system" and "not a criminal like George Floyd."

Posting on messaging service Telegram, the far-right group paid tribute to QAnon supporter Ashli Babbitt more than two weeks after the attack in Washington D.C. which left four other people, including a police officer, dead.

Babbitt, 35, was shot by U.S. Capitol Police (USPC) as the violent mob of Donald Trump supporters, far-right extremists, and radical conspiracy theorists stormed the building in an attempt to overthrow the government.

The Proud Boys, who frequently deny they are white supremacists, also suggest that Babbitt did not commit any crime while taking part in the siege in comparison to Floyd, the Minneapolis man whose death at the hands of police last May sparked worldwide Black Lives Matter protest.

Officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes after police were called to reports of him allegedly attempting to use a counterfeit $20 note.

"Ashli Babbitt was a veteran and mother who was murdered by agents of the system inside the Capitol building," the Proud Boys wrote. "She was unarmed, she was not aggressive, and she was not a criminal like George Floyd.

"Ashli and the rest of the people who stormed the Capitol, made the system tremble in fear for the first time in a long time. The greatest fear of system politicians is that they may one day experience consequences for their actions that are equal to the atrocities they've committed on our people.

"Rest in peace Ashli, you will be remembered."

The message arrives following a turbulent time for the far-right group previously emboldened by Trump's presidency.

The tribute to Babbitt also arrives as large waves of QAnon supporters are feeling disillusioned after there were no mass arrests and executions under the orders of a still-president Trump at Biden's inauguration, as foretold by some of the movement's leading figures.

Shortly before Biden's inauguration, the group shared a message on Telegram which said that Trump should mostly be remembered as "a failure." Prior to this, the Proud Boys declared that "there is zero reason" to vote for a Republican anymore.

"The communists have the White House, the House of Reps and the Senate if you count the traitors for their party. Burn the GOP to the ground in 2022. They betrayed you and there has to be political consequences for it," the post added.

Two of the Proud Boys' leading members are also facing jail terms. Joe Biggs, who organizes rallies for the group, is charged with allegedly taking part in the attack on the Capitol on January 6.

Biggs admitted to the FBI he did enter the building, but did so through the already open doors. Biggs denied "having any knowledge of any pre-planned storming the Capitol, and had no idea who planned it."

Proud Boys chairmen Enrique Tarrio was also arrested on January 4 as he entered Washington D.C.

Tarrio is accused of destruction of property after allegedly setting fire to a Black Lives Matter flag that had been ripped down from a church on December 12, 2020, following a previous pro-Trump protest in the capital.

Police also allegedly found him in possession of two high-capacity firearm magazines ahead of the January 6 protests.

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Members of the Proud Boys and Antifa stand off near Black Lives Matter Plaza on December 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The Proud Boys have paid their respects to the woman killed by police during the insurrection at the Capitol more than two weeks after her death. Tasos Katopodis/Getty