Inhibit, yes, probably so

Brian Sicknick, a Capitol police officer injured while confronting rioters during the 6 January insurrection, suffered a stroke and died of natural causes, the Washington DC medical examiner’s office ruled Monday, a finding that lessens the chances that anyone will be charged in his death.

Investigators initially believed the officer had been hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, based on statements collected early in the investigation, according to two people familiar with the case. And they later thought the 42-year-old Sicknick might have ingested a chemical substance – possibly bear spray – that could have contributed to his death.

But the determination of a natural cause of death means the medical examiner found that a medical condition alone caused his death – it was not brought on by an injury. The determination is likely to significantly inhibit the ability of federal prosecutors to bring homicide charges in Sicknick’s death.

As there was no homicide bringing homicide charges would be difficult, yes.

14 thoughts on “Inhibit, yes, probably so”

  1. He was buried very quickly. Once the autopsy results came in the it became clear that it would not be possible to blame his death on Trump or a fire-extinguisher wielding Trump supporter, his body was cremated (!) very quickly

  2. That inconvenient truth won’t prevent protestors being jailed for up to 30 years for high treason or the US equivalent when their cases finally come to court.

  3. And what of the chances of anyone facing charges over the killing of any of the peaceful protesters?

  4. And yet the case of the capital officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbit has already been investigated resulting in the officer bring fully exonerated albeit not named.

  5. Compare and contrast with the shooting of Ashli Babbitt, the unarmed Trump supporter shot dead on 6th January by a still anonymous Police Officer:

    Federal prosecutors in Washington, DC made the decision saying that there was insufficient evidence to prove that Ms Babbitt’s civil rights were violated.

    It was determined that it was reasonable to believe that the unnamed officer acted out of self defence or in the line of duty, defending lawmakers and congressional staff as they fled the House chamber.

    Especially note the language used by the Indy to describe the protesters.

    Officer Brian Sicknick, also an Air Force veteran, died due to injuries sustained “while physically engaging with protestors” — it is believed he was sprayed in the face with mace or bear spray and collapsed later.

    Three other rioters died on the day — one was killed in a crush, one had a heart attack, and one had a stroke.

    Two members of the Capitol Police died by suicide in the days after the siege. Numerous others were wounded.

    Seeming to imply their suicides are the fault of Trump supporters. Despicable, but unsurprising. I suppose the narrative must be maintained….

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/ashli-babbitt-death-capitol-riot-b1831506.html

  6. Ashli Babbit’s death was definitely homicide. That is, her death was brought about by the actions of another person; not necessarily murder. Don’t they have coroners’ courts in America? Doesn’t there have to be some kind of public inquiry to determine cause of death?

  7. Buggered up the narrative, hasn’t it. Maybe they can discover the officer who died was a secret Trump supporter & posthumously charge him with failure to remain alive on duty.

  8. “Maybe they can discover the officer who died was a secret Trump supporter & posthumously charge him with failure to remain alive on duty.”

    I think its already a matter of record that Sicknick was in fact a Trump voter and supporter.

  9. “Investigators initially believed the officer had been hit in the head with a fire extinguisher”: more accurately, they claimed to believe it; or more accurately yet, the meedya claimed that the investigators claimed to believe it.

  10. “Investigators initially believed the officer had been hit in the head with a fire extinguisher”

    I distinctly remember reading the proper cause of death as Heart Attack when the whole thing still was in full swing and in the aftermath right after..
    That this got totally ignored and Disappeared later on is… shall we say… unsurprising, but correct and official cause of death was in the media the Day After..

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