I was surprised at the bold headline and lengthy article regarding the “officer facing inquiry.”

While you may find this newsworthy you might consider giving some ink to the Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, who gave his life defending our democracy.

Brian Killeen

Southern Pines

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Kent Misegades

From multiple news sources: “In Sicknick’s case, it’s still not known publicly what caused him to collapse the night of the insurrection. Findings from a medical examiner’s review have not yet been released and authorities have not made any announcements about that ongoing process. According to one law enforcement official, medical examiners did not find signs that the officer sustained any blunt force trauma, so investigators believe that early reports that he was fatally struck by a fire extinguisher are not true. One possibility being considered by investigators is that Sicknick became ill after interacting with a chemical irritant like pepper spray or bear spray that was deployed in the crowd. But investigators reviewing video of the officer’s time around the Capitol haven’t been able to confirm that in tape that has been recovered so far, the official said. The case could also be complicated if Sicknick had a preexisting medical condition. It could not be learned if he did.”

Jim Tomashoff

Interesting. Multiple new sources apparently all used the exact same language according to Kent. Yet Kent won't tell us any of the sources that reported this exact same language. Gee, I wonder which news sources cited this?

Conrad Meyer

Jim, all the reading I have done mirrors what Kent states whether you like it or not. Use your supposed superior intellect to look it up yourself. Even cnn has walked back the fire extinguisher theory. It has now been a month since Sicknik's unfortunate death. But the autopsy has not been issued yet which casts some doubt as to whether there is a cover up of the truth.

Multiple sources have indicated that all 5 that died that day were Trump supporters (including Sicknick and one potentially murdered). This may prove to be untrue, but that is the nature of drawing conclusions from early reports as the mob media loves to do. They know that nobody pays attention to poor journalism when they walk back their untruths at a later date. The problem is that often the truth is covered up to preserve the narrative.

Jim Tomashoff

What multiple sources?

Kathryn Giquinto

The New York Times and CNN have both back peddled on their previously reported stories that Officer Sicknick died from blunt force to his head.

Conrad Meyer

Forgot one thing Jim. The socialist democrat propaganda machine issues language that all the party minions and fake media use with astonishing echolalia. Right leaning news outlets point this out all the time, but the sheeple don't even notice.

Jim Tomashoff

So you don't know what sources Kent could possibly be referring to either, I guess?

Jim Tomashoff

It appears that Kathryn is correct. But does it matter? Regardless of Sicknick's cause of death Trump supporters attacked the Capitol building with the intent of stopping Congress from the certification of the election. To date no individuals have been charged with seditious conspiracy. But as the investigation continues many will be.

Roland Kidd

Not the democrat fake news

William Dean

Jan 6 was a bad day for several people. A woman expressing her freedom of speech was trampled to death. Another woman, unarmed, former military, was murdered by an armed Capitol police officer. Has anybody heard anything about the case? NO, it is being covered up. NOW, let's say that officer was on the street in DC and murdered an unarmed black woman. HOW loud would the riots and protest be. Would it be OK for them to burn the capitol ?

Dan Roman

Two crazy brothers and their weird worship of looney lies and conspiracy theories.

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