Some relevant information:
Initially announced as an “off-duty” death by the U.S. Capitol Police on Sunday morning, multiple news outlets, former police chief Terrance Gainer and a police report confirmed that Howard Liebengood, 51, died by suicide on Saturday.
Reuters interviewed Sicknick’s father, who gave more details of what happened to his son. “As rioters overpowered Capitol police, Sicknick was pepper-sprayed and hit in the head, his father said. Ambulance crews resuscitated him twice as he was rushed to a nearby Washington hospital. Sicknick died the next day,” Reuters reported.
The letter by the joint chiefs listed two police officers deaths. While one death was later classified as a suicide, Office Sicknick appears to have died as a result of the riot. I will not go into classifications of riots or compare this event to BLM/Antifa riots over the past year. I do want to point out that their letter does not include correct information.
Three people died due to medical injuries (including a heart attack and a possible stroke) and Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer. There was no excuse for the behavior at the Capitol. While I believe there was more than “patriots” at this event, our side will be vilified and made accountable. I find it hard to believe that patriots would attack a police officer and hope that the people responsible will be identified.
I wish I had good news for our side other than there are more of us than them. I believe a civil war is coming and the events at the Capitol will not compare to the blood about to be shed. I pray that justice instead of vengeance is how history will record the near future but the other side is going full nuclear against the people who make this country great.