Officer Brian Sicknick, who became the face of news media coverage for the Capitol Riots due to his unfortunate death after the incident, has been judged by a medical examiner to have died of natural causes.
The New York Times reported on the medical examiner’s conclusion:
“Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick had multiple strokes hours after sparring with a pro-Trump mob during the Jan. 6 riot and died of natural causes, Washington’s medical examiner said on Monday.”
“The determination likely complicates the Justice Department’s efforts to prosecute anyone in the death of Mr. Sicknick, 42; two men have been charged with assaulting him by spraying an unknown chemical on him outside the Capitol.”
“But the autopsy found no evidence that Officer Sicknick had an allergic reaction to chemicals nor of any internal or external injuries, the medical examiner, Dr. Francisco J. Diaz, told The Washington Post, which first reported his finding.”
The New York Times originally reported that Sicknick had died due to “brain injuries he sustained after Trump loyalists who overtook the complex struck him in the head with a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials.”
The Times then “updated” the article to remove the erroneous, misleading information on February 12th, one day before former President Trump was cleared in the Senate impeachment trial:
“UPDATE: New information has emerged regarding the death of the Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick that questions the initial cause of his death provided by officials close to the Capitol Police.”
The “update” was issued by the Times on February 12th, one day before Trump’s impeachment acquittal and after the media had leveraged the news to make heated claims. The paper also stealth edited the original January 8 story:
“Law enforcement officials initially said Mr. Sicknick was struck with a fire extinguisher, but weeks later, police sources and investigators were at odds over whether he was hit. Medical experts have said he did not die of blunt force trauma, according to one law enforcement official.”
It turns out that the New York Times, and all the outlets that based its reportage on the publication’s made-up version of events, were entirely wrong. Such publications continue to pay no consequences for the baseless speculation in their reportage.
The medical examiner’s report for Brian Sicknick effectively closes off one narrative in the Capitol Riots. The only people who can be directly shown to have died because of the January 6th events were Trump supporters.
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