We really feel for the late Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick — his death has been used as a political football by people who desperately need for there to be January 6 casualties other than Ashli Babbitt. He was originally reported bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher — something the New York Times finally corrected on February 15. CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted that Sicknick was murdered. Then he was cremated and we didn’t hear anything for a long time; it was April 19 when we heard from the medical examiner that Sicknick died of natural causes after the storming of the Capitol, suffering two strokes. There were no indications of injuries. The lawyer for another Capitol Police officer who told Congress that Sicknick had been killed later said the officer’s comments “were not meant to be interpreted as a medical diagnosis.”
We’ve been through all of this before, obviously. But now, since it’s Insurrection Week, Joy Reid’s program The ReidOut is tweeting that Sicknick died from wounds inflicted on January 6:
Sandra Garza, longtime partner of fallen Officer Brian Sicknick who died from wounds inflicted on Jan. 6, hopes that Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice will "say they're going to really work very hard to make something happen" when he speaks Weds. #TheReidOut #reiders pic.twitter.com/RkbRDlp2aU
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) January 4, 2022
@TwitterSupport misinformation here
— CaPtAiN ChAoS (@CaptChaos86) January 4, 2022
Talk about misinformation @TwitterSafety
— Earthling (@edzsplace) January 4, 2022
"Wounds inflicted on Jan 6th" pic.twitter.com/AX86zjVUI6
— Quantum Flux, PhD. JAFO (@QuantumFlux1964) January 4, 2022
— Protoman (@Protoma10452238) January 4, 2022
Joy: It's a big world. There's a lot of good in it. You have every advantage. Why make things up? You don't have to live like this.
— James Kalb (@james_kalb) January 4, 2022
Yo @Twitter tell me you don't really care about misinformation without telling me you don't really care about misinformation
— Jeff Miller (@alizak68) January 4, 2022
This isn’t true at all. @Twitter why is this still up
— JD (@dj20092006) January 4, 2022
Holy shit…..@TwitterSupport how is this not false information?
— Thegreatbrain (@coachrhoda05) January 4, 2022
Fallen officer? Wounds? He died of a stroke.
— Charlie Hustle (@QuentinJagwigli) January 4, 2022
This is misinformation. Officer Sicknick died of a stroke, which is a natural cause, not of wounds inflicted on Jan 6. This should be tagged by Twitter as misinformation.
— what??? (@tryasyoumust) January 4, 2022
Joy Reid spreading misinformation?
This is a blatant, unadulterated lie. Reid knows it.
— El Dub(vaxed &anti-mandate)(MANducater/HEathen) (@beauxtx1) January 4, 2022
She might not know it — the media barely reported on it, and it was months after the fact that they released the medical examiner’s report.
More false information from @JoyAnnReid
— Xi Variant (@PatriotofMN) January 4, 2022
What evidence is there that Brian Sicknick did not die of a stroke unrelated to the Jan 6 capitol riot, as we were told? Are you lying or promoting a lie, Ms. Reid?
— Stan Kerr—Brain, Brain, What Is Brain? (@spjk) January 4, 2022
This is, in fact, misinformation.
— Mike 🐗 (@michaeljashmore) January 4, 2022
Somehow I doubt Twitter will suspend your account for misinformation
— Eric Stutzman 🇺🇸 (@eric_stutzman5) January 4, 2022
As tragic as Sicknick’s sudden death was, the tweet above is pure disinformation.
Please, let them know your policy.
— Contraire_Eon (@ContraireEon) January 4, 2022
According to the medical examiner, did NOT die from wounds via Jan 6. How do you still have a Twitter account, or show or a single follower?
— Derek Dervinis (@dervinnis) January 4, 2022
@TwitterSupport how about you take a look at this misinformation and do something about it?
— Baby Yoda's Burner Account (@NatureInSpace) January 4, 2022
This is literally journalistic malpractice. Perpetuating the lie that Officer Sicknick died from wounds inflicted on Jan 6th.
— prohibitedweapon (@321ThroatPunch) January 4, 2022
None of this is true.
— Mitch and Murray (@JMF808) January 4, 2022
This is a straight up lie. And you know it.
— B. Steve White (@bstevewhite) January 4, 2022
We see Twitter hasn’t tagged it as misinformation, and none of the usual fact-checkers has weighed in. But Twitter did put up one of those handy notices that “conversations like this can be intense.”
‘He was a toy to them’: Glenn Greenwald goes on righteous rant over the media and the ‘Sicknick truther’ smear https://t.co/jLBW0MTeLe
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 19, 2021