Officer Sicknick Died of Natural Causes, Not Riot Injuries

Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, according to a bombshell today in the Washington Post, died January 7 of natural causes not from injuries sustained in the Capitol protest the day before. The D.C. medical examiner told the Post that Sicknick suffered two strokes caused by a blood clot at the base of his brain stem.

“Francisco J. Diaz, the medical examiner, said the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick’s throat to quickly seize,” the Post reported. “Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries.”

Two men have been arrested and charged with using bear spray against Sicknick on January 6. “The ruling…likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer’s death,” the Post worried.

Sicknick’s death became a rallying cry after the New York Times reported on January 8 that Sicknick had been bludgeoned to death by Trump-supporting “insurrectionists” using a fire extinguisher. Capitol and D.C. Metro police organized a somber procession for Sicknick on January 10. Democratic leaders invited his family to participate in a rare Capitol memorial attended by Congressional leaders from both parties as well as Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, the weekend before Trump’s second impeachment trial began.

But after pushback from a handful of outlets, including American Greatness, the Times quietly retracted its initial account of what happened to Officer Sicknick. The media quickly shifted to a new narrative—the officer died after suffering an allergic reaction to bear spray. The Times even published a lengthy article with video showing how Sicknick allegedly died from the bear spray attack.

The falsehood about how Sicknick died has been repeated by every Democratic politician, nearly every news and opinion outlet, and most Republican lawmakers. It’s impossible to measure how many impressions of the lie exist on social media, and unlikely Big Tech censors will flag past and future posts as “spreading disinformation.” The lie about Sicknick’s death is still included in the House Democrats impeachment trial memo.

Every law enforcement agency from the Capitol Police department to the Justice Department claimed Sicknick died from injuries inflicted by protestors. “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,” acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement issued the day after Sicknick died.

His death also was part of a bigger fabrication related to January 6—that five people died because of the violence. The only person killed was Ashli Babbitt; the officer who shot her remains unidentified and the Justice Department announced last week it had closed the investigation into her death.

Outrageously, the D.C. Medical Examiner’s Office in an email to American Greatness this afternoon continues to perpetuate the now-debunked trope about January 6 fatalities. “On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, an unprecedented incident of civil insurrection at the United States Capitol resulted in the deaths of five individuals,” the email read. “The District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Francisco J. Diaz, MD, FACP, issued determinations on April 7 as to the cause and manner of death for four of those individuals and today issues the cause and manner of death of the remaining individual.” Two men died of heart failure and one woman died of a drug overdose.

This was just another massive lie used to gaslight the American people and justify an ongoing manhunt for Trump supporters who had the audacity to protest an illegitimate election.

No resignations, apologies, or retractions are expected at this time—by anyone.

About Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly is a political commentator and senior contributor to American Greatness. She is the author of Disloyal Opposition: How the NeverTrump Right Tried―And Failed―To Take Down the President. Her past work can be found at The Federalist and National Review. She also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and Genetic Literacy Project. She is the co-host of ‘Happy Hour podcast with Julie and Liz.’ She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

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