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Democrats Use False Claim re: Capitol Police Officer Death to Impeach Trump

Posted by FactReal on February 17, 2021

During last week’s impeachment trial, Democrats use an unfounded claim that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died after being struck with a fire extinguisher during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. How Sicknick died it is still unknown.

New York Times Quietly Corrects Major Conspiracy Weaponized By Democrats For Impeachment” (2/15/2021):

The New York Times quietly corrected a major month-old story as the Senate impeachment trial came to a close last week. The article previously claimed a police officer was beaten to death by a fire extinguisher during the January Capitol mayhem. It now appears that is false, but the Times didn’t correct its article until the impeachment trial was nearly over.

The article…now prominently features an “update” at the top of the page…without a concession or apology from the Times for perpetuating a conspiracy about Sicknick’s death that Democrats weaponized to pursue a second impeachment of Donald Trump.

Although ample such evidence publicly available by Feb. 2 discredited the Times’ fire extinguisher theory, this didn’t stop Democrats from seizing on the gruesome conspiracy to amplify their narrative. The Times did not issue an update to its incorrect article until the impeachment trial began to wrap up. The impeachment concluded Feb. 13, more than a week after public information showed the Sicknick narrative Democrats used in their case was materially untrue.

In fact, it still remains unclear how exactly officer Sicknick died. According to ProPublica, “the family got word that Brian Sicknick had a blood clot and had had a stroke” the day after the riot. “A ventilator was keeping him alive.

No evidence of trauma to the head (2/14/2021):

Investigators have found no evidence of trauma sustained by blows to the head, and nobody has been arrested in connection to Sicknick’s alleged murder.

In fact, Sicknick had returned to his job after the Capitol riot, and texted his brother that aside from being pepper sprayed twice, he was otherwise “in good shape.”

Timeline of important dates:

1/8/2021 ProPublica: Sicknick had a blood clot and had a stroke:

“He texted me last night and said, ‘I got pepper-sprayed twice,’ and he was in good shape,” said Ken Sicknick, his brother, as the family drove toward Washington. “Apparently he collapsed in the Capitol and they resuscitated him using CPR.”

But the day after that text exchange, the family got word that Brian Sicknick had a blood clot and had had a stroke; a respirator was keeping him alive.

2/2/2021 CNN: Early reports that Sicknick was fatally struck by a fire extinguisher are not true:

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.

2/2/2021 Democrats’ pretrial memo cites the NYT report falsely claiming:

The Insurrectionists killed a Capitol Police officer by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher.

—-> READ: Democrats’ pretrial memo (page 28) via NYT

1/8/2021 NYT original post [Archived]

2/12/2021: NYT correction

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