New details have emerged in the death of Brian Sicknick, the police officer who was injured while trying to protect the Capitol during pro-Trump mob rioting on Jan. 6. This information might indicate that the person potentially responsible for his death may not have killed him deliberately.
FBI Identifies Suspect
The FBI launched a homicide investigation into Sicknick’s death a few days after the assault on the Capitol. The New York Times reported, “Investigators initially struggled to determine what had happened as he fought assailants. They soon began to suspect his death was related to an irritant, like mace or bear spray, that he had inhaled during the riot. Both officers and rioters were armed with such irritants during the attack.”
Based on statements made by people at the incident, investigators initially believed the officer was struck with a fire extinguisher. But later they realized that his death was caused by a different type of injury. Now, they say they have identified a person who may have been responsible.
From The Times:
“In a significant breakthrough in the case, investigators have now pinpointed a person seen on video of the riot who attacked several officers with bear spray, including Officer Sicknick, according to the officials. And video evidence shows that the assailant discussed attacking officers with the bear spray beforehand, one of the officials said.”
While investigators have now narrowed potential suspects seen in video footage to a single person, they have yet to identify the assailant by name. While irritants such as bear spray, pepper spray, and others are typically non-lethal, they can cause fatal reactions in people with underlying health conditions.
The Times noted, “On Jan. 7, when Officer Sicknick died, the Capitol Police issued a statement that said he ‘was injured while physically engaging with protesters,’ and then ‘returned to his division office and collapsed.’ He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.”
The Narrative Crumbles
The narrative surrounding the assault on the Capitol has been called into question from the very beginning. Leftist activist media outlets and the Democrats have weaponized the chaotic situation, trying to use the actions of the thugs who stormed the building to smear the rest of the conservative movement.
In the case of Sicknick, those on the left suddenly decided to “back the blue” to make it seem as if the officer was deliberately killed. However, if it turns out that he was killed by an irritant, it was likely done without homicidal intent. Of course, that’s for the court to decide. Still, it calls into question the narrative that the riots were part of a widespread Trump-incited effort to kill innocent people.
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