“That theory [lie], which was cited as evidence in congressional Democrats’ impeachment proceedings was quietly dispelled as the trial wrapped up in the Senate.”
For the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans have trust in traditional media… 58% think that “most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”
April 19, 2021 By Tristan Justice
Former Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who passed away the day after the January 6 riot, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, the Washington D.C. chief medical examiner revealed Monday, according to the Washington Post.
On Jan 8, the New York Times published a report claiming Sicknick died following a blunt-force blow to the head from a fire extinguisher by rioters. That theory, which was cited as evidence in congressional Democrats’ impeachment proceedings was quietly dispelled as the trial wrapped up in the Senate.
“Insurrectionists killed a Capitol police officer by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher,” Democrats charged in a pretrial memo, citing the story in the New York Times.
Sicknick’s family also cast doubt he was killed by a blow from a fire extinguisher early on. Ken Sicknick, Brian’s brother, told ProPublica in a story published on Jan. 8, Brian texted the family he had been pepper-sprayed at the Capitol but felt fine.
“He texted me last night and said, ‘I got pepper-sprayed twice,’ and he was in good shape,” Ken said. “Apparently he collapsed in the Capitol and they resuscitated him using CPR.”
The New York Times quietly updated a month-old report about the siege of Congress that perpetuated the idea that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick might have died after being struck by a fire extinguisher.
Now affixed to the top of the report, headlined “Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries in Pro-Trump Rampage,” is an update. “New information has emerged regarding the death of the Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick that questions the initial cause of his death provided by officials close to the Capitol Police,” the missive states in italic letters.
Capitol Police announced that Sicknick, a 42-year-old who joined the agency in 2008, died at around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, one day after rioters broke into the Capitol as lawmakers counted electoral votes to affirm President Biden’s victory.
“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the Capitol Police said in a statement. Capitol Police said Sicknick’s death would be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the Capitol Police, and federal partners. Charges have yet to be filed in the case.
The next day, the New York Times reported that Sicknick “was struck by a fire extinguisher,” citing two law enforcement officials, prompting other news outlets to echo this reporting. The following week, a retired Pennsylvania fireman, Robert Sanford, 55, was arrested and charged with assaulting law enforcement. Sanford was caught on video and accused of throwing a fire extinguisher at police, but he was not suspected in the death of Sicknick.
In recent days, CNN reported that investigators have determined that initial reports about Sicknick being hit with a fire extinguisher are not true and that medical examiners “did not find signs that the officer sustained any blunt force trauma” as they “struggle to build a murder case” in the officer’s death. One leading theory is that Sicknick was sprayed by an irritant, such as bear spray, and had a fatal reaction. It is not publicly known if Sicknick had a preexisting condition that could have contributed to his death. Two days after the Capitol riot, ABC News cited “sources familiar with the matter” to report that “authorities believe Sicknick’s death was driven by a medical condition.”
Julia Marnin 2/24/2021