The Feb. 10 Pilot had two columnists (Shaw and Dunn) describe the horrible murder of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Sicknick’s death is a very sad event, but there had been no evidence discovered that he was, in fact, murdered.

CNN and other sources reported that he died on Jan. 7 of a stroke. The stress of the lawless assault on the Capitol may have contributed to the occurrence of the stroke, but there is no evidence to prove that.

It is totally irresponsible for these columnists to describe Sicknick’s death as a “murder.” We know that if a lie is told often enough, it comes to be accepted as truth. That has happened many times over the past four years. 

These two columnists should have a better relationship with the truth.

George Rhodes

Southern Pines

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Kent Misegades

Thank you. This news broke a week or so ago but the left won’t see as it their news sources block the truth. Equally interesting is why poor Officer Sicknick’s body was cremated quickly after his death. You’d think that with all of the wild allegations of an insurrection that an autopsy would have been done to confirm the claims he was struck by a fire extinguisher, which turned out to be completely false. The left runs on false narratives, lies, and emotions. Eventually the truth does get out though and justice prevails. MAGA!

Roger Davis

So Officer Sicknick died in the Capital riots and it turns out he was a Trump supporter so how do the MAGA hat wearers feel about being responsible for one of their own losing their life because of their actions. When somebody dies in a riot it's somebody's fault. The rioting young lady was shot by a security guard so she got what she deserved, I don't think Sicknick got what he deserved. He was working not rioting.

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