About 140 Law Enforcement Officers Injured in U.S. Capitol Attack
Multiple reports confirm that approximately 140 law enforcement officers were injured during the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. These officers faced brutal assaults from Trump supporters protesting the 2020 election results. The injuries sustained by the officers ranged from bruises and lacerations to more severe damage like concussions, rib fractures, burns, and even a mild heart attack.
False Claim: No Officers Killed in Capitol Attack
Contrary to President Joe Biden’s false claim, no law enforcement officers were killed during the Capitol attack. Biden made this claim during a private event where he criticized former President Donald Trump for dividing the country and embracing political violence. However, no officers lost their lives that day.
Trump’s Involvement and Officer Surveillance
Former President Donald Trump watched the violent events of January 6 unfold on a television in a dining room near the Oval Office. As a bipartisan Senate report confirmed, the mob of Trump supporters used various weapons such as flag poles, pipes, bats, bricks, and pepper spray to attack the officers. Trump witnessed the chaos but did not witness any police deaths during the assault.
Death of Brian Sicknick
One day after the Capitol attack, U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes, specifically two strokes. Although Sicknick had no internal or external injuries from the attack, the events that transpired that day contributed to his condition. The District of Columbia Chief Medical Examiner stated that Sicknick’s death was unrelated to any injuries sustained during the attack.
Officers Who Died After the Riot
Tragically, four officers who defended the Capitol following the riot later took their own lives. Howard Liebengood, a Capitol Police officer, and three others – Jeffrey Smith, Kyle DeFreytag, and Gunther Hashida from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department – succumbed to suicide in the days and months that followed.
Ashli Babbitt’s Death
Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran from the San Diego area, was the only person killed during the Capitol attack. Babbitt was shot by a member of the Capitol Police force as she attempted to force her way into the House chamber, where members of Congress were seeking shelter.
Biden’s Repeated Misrepresentation
This is not the first time President Joe Biden has suggested that law enforcement officers died during the attack on the Capitol. In September 2022, he made a similar claim that may have created the impression that officers lost their lives.
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