The Washington Post reported Monday that a medical examiner had concluded that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes the day after the storming of the Capitol. Those who didn’t buy into the fire extinguisher story were dismissed as “truthers,” and PolitiFact in late January covered the officer’s death, saying conservatives were “seizing” on the mystery surrounding it: “Some conservative activists have seized on the changing and differing news accounts to accuse the media of exaggerating what happened to Sicknick,” they wrote.
Sicknick was cremated, and his ashes were brought to the Capitol to lie in honor on February 3, so any medical examination had to have taken place before then. And yet we’re just learning about his strokes, even though FBI Director Christopher Wray refused to confirm the cause of death before a Senate committee on March 3. In late February we were told investigators were waiting on toxicology reports:
Capitol Police Statement Officer Sicknick: “The medical examiner’s report on Officer Brian Sicknick’s death, which followed the attack on the Capitol on January 6, is not yet complete. We are awaiting toxicology results + continue to work with other government agencies regarding
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) February 27, 2021
the death investigation. Officer Sicknick’s family has asked for privacy during this difficult time + that the spreading of misinformation stop regarding the cause of his death. The Department + the Sicknick family appreciate the outpouring of support for our fallen officer.
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) February 27, 2021
Sharyl Attkisson, who recently asked why the name of the person who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt was being kept secret, wants to know why it took so long to release this report.
So are you saying that poor Officer Sicknick’s cause of death was known by at least some —prior to his cremation weeks before Trump left office but it wasn’t announced (or leaked?) for 2 months?
— Sharyl Attkisson?️♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) April 19, 2021
It was used in impeachment, I'm sure some people knew then also.
— Slim Witman (@slim_witman) April 19, 2021
A two month fishing expedition. All of our institutions are a joke.
— Chas Fitz (@chas_fitz) April 19, 2021
Buck Sexton says the information was kept from us on purpose:
Anyone who tells you it takes over 3
months after an autopsy to figure out if someone died from a stroke is either an idiot or a liar
This information was hidden from you on purpose
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) April 19, 2021
We should remember the guy had a family. How cruel is it to have the MSM promote the wrong cause of death (before autopsy results) for headlines and clicks, only for them to find out his cause of death was different. DC is devoid of souls.
— Bob Lyons (@Bob_Lyons) April 19, 2021
My feeling is that it was never hidden. But a lot of people didn’t want to admit it. And so they looked away as if reality would change itself somehow.
— Stepan Khukharev (@Khoukharev) April 20, 2021
I don't think it was purposely hidden. It's just no one really cared about the truth and acted in urgency. The media doesn't need the truth to spin the cause of the death.
— Hua Zhong (@hua_zhong) April 20, 2021
Politicizing law enforcement to benefit one political party. It continues.
— GMAN ?????????? (@gmandan007) April 19, 2021
Very simple. His death was used to generate fear & hatred so that the militarization of the "People's House" could be legitimized & the power grab made easier.
— Dave (@Rider658) April 19, 2021
There should be an investigation. If only there was an honest media. I think this is obviously a criminal conspiracy by corrupt political interests.
— Almost Anarchy™ w/Jack C. Darbé (@4AlmostAnarchy) April 19, 2021
Had to keep the narrative going. Timing the drop with Chauvin trial ending was de rigueur.
— Sharon Kay?? (@Sharon81243753) April 20, 2021
His family was saying it for awhile, I believe.
— Thankful4USA (@Thankful4Usa) April 19, 2021
According to PolitiFact, the Daily Mail reported on February 22 that Sicknick’s mother said he wasn’t hit in the head and she thought it was a stroke but wasn’t sure.
The family released a statement that it was natural causes just a couple of days after the 6th. Media ignored them and their pleas to not politicize Brian's death.
Media are scumbags.
— Niklas Jonsson (@NiklasJonsson91) April 19, 2021
#ChrisWray needs to go.
Why didn't he tell the American people that the officer died of natural causes when he testified before the committee?
— Lisa?? (@p1nkpowrz) April 19, 2021
Absolutely to create outrage that he was bashed in the head by a Trumper. To create anger, hate, and outrage against Trump voters in general. Politically motivated slander.
— Sharlo (@SharloCer) April 19, 2021
Gotta make sure that narrative is pushed through first.
— We warned you! (@timlind20857835) April 20, 2021
Is Sexton pushing a conspiracy theory?
You’ve clearly never been a Detective in Utah waiting the Office of the Medical Examiner to get you a report.
— Brandon Smith (@brandon_smith24) April 20, 2021
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Add Newt Gingrich to those asking questions:
Why did it take over three months to determine how Officer Sicknick died?This doesn’t make any sense. Only person killed January 6 was an unarmed woman killed by a policeman. Imagine media outcry if she had not been a Trump supporter. The media narrative has now collapsed.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) April 19, 2021
Sicknick story is just incredible / the level of BS and disinformation from DOJ and Capitol Police – the fact they waited 3 months to release this while the media spent everyday rejoicing in spreading the lie of Trump supporters murdering a cop. What a total joke.
— Rob Schmitt (@SchmittNYC) April 19, 2021
Does anyone find it curious that it took 3.5 months for the DC medical examiner to make a determination about Officer Sicknick’s cause of death, long after every Jan 6 “insurrection” narrative had been firmly solidified
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) April 20, 2021
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Making the rounds on Twitter is this Jan. 8 statement from Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen:
Statement of Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen on the Death of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknickhttps://t.co/sIgMrDuEKn
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) January 8, 2021
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and fellow officers of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who succumbed last night to the injuries he suffered defending the U.S. Capitol, against the violent mob who stormed it on January 6th. The FBI and Metropolitan Police Department will jointly investigate the case and the Department of Justice will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible.”
Officer Brian Sicknick found to have died of natural causes after the storming of the Capitol Building, no indications of injuries https://t.co/uxdCqhIEvN
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 19, 2021