|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 22, 2021 at 3:45 PM|
Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican, sent a letter to the acting chief of the United States Capitol Police demanding answers about the agency's Jan. 7 press release claiming officer Brian Sicknick, who died of natural causes, died as a result of "injuries sustained while on-duty" after "physically engaging with protestors."
Sicknick "suffered two strokes and died of natural causes" after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to reports released last week by the Washington, D.C. chief medical examiner, and there was "no evidence" that he "suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants" deployed during the chaos. The Capitol Police, on the other hand, did not wait for this conclusion to address the public, according to Johnson.
“This finding raises more questions about what USCP knew and what steps it took to confirm certain facts about Officer Sicknick's death before issuing its January 7 statement,” Johnson wrote. “It is unclear why the USCP issued a statement about Officer Sicknick's death months before the medical examiner issued an official determination.”
This discrepancy, according to Johnson, not only prompted corporate media to run with false narratives that rioters were to blame for Sicknick's death, such as the New York Times' patently false fire extinguisher story, but it also influenced the Democrats' second impeachment trial for then-President Donald Trump. USCP did not bother to respond to these false claims until late February.
“Absent any official rulings from the medical examiner’s office and following unsupported claims regarding Officer Sicknick’s cause of death, including the USCP’s initial statement, the USCP stated on February 26, 2021, that ‘Officer Sicknick’s family has asked for privacy during this difficult time and that the spreading of misinformation stop regarding the cause of his death,’” Johnson proceeded.
In light of the severe mistreatment of Sicknick's death by the media and activists, Johnson requested that acting Chief of Capitol Police Yogananda Pittman provide Congress with details about Sicknick's life up to the time of his death, as well as what led USCP to issue the false statement. The Wisconsin senator also demanded clarification on what "misinformation" USCP was referring to in its February statement, whether Democrats sought information about Sicknick before moving forward with Trump's impeachment, and whether USCP attempted to correct its amplification of the Times' false claims about Sicknick's death by a fire extinguisher.
“The death of any police officer is a tragedy and the use of any officer’s death for political purposes or to create a false narrative is reprehensible and disrespectful to the officer’s family and the officer’s memory,” Johnson said.
Johnson ended by asking how many other agencies were involved in the investigation, including the FBI, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and possibly the Office of Inspector General. Pittman has until the 6th of May to respond.