In the aftermath of unrest that took place early this year in Washington, D.C., Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media have seized upon what they refer to as the shockingly “deadly” nature of that day, attempting to further the narrative that a violent mob of right-wing extremists went on a killing spree in an effort to overthrow the government.
The highly-publicized Jan. 7 death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, however, has remained shrouded in a bizarre level of secrecy, and conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has now filed suit to obtain autopsy records and other documentation in the hope of getting to the bottom of what actually caused his demise, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Judicial Watch initiated its lawsuit in District of Columbia Superior Court after the group’s Freedom of Information Act requests to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia for “autopsy reports, toxicology reports, notes, photographs, and OCME officials’ electronic communications” related to the officer’s death were denied.
Capitol Police announced at the time of his death that Sicknick “passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty” and claimed he “was injured while physically engaging with protestors.” Numerous media reports suggested that the officer was struck by a fire extinguisher wielded by a demonstrator, the Examiner added, but later, outlets such as the New York Times subsequently backed away from that explanation, indicating that “new information” had emerged “that questions the initial cause of his death.”
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement outlining his organization’s quest to obtain additional information in the case that “the unusual and unlawful secrecy about Officer Sicknick’s death investigation undermines public confidence in the fair administration of justice.”
While the loss of 42-year-old Sicknick is undeniably tragic, the strange dearth of information about precisely what caused his death remains baffling, with some lawmakers also pressing for answers. In early March, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about the ongoing mystery, emphasizing “we all want to know what happened to Officer Brian Sicknick,” as USA Today reported.
In response, Wray said only that “there is an ongoing investigation into his death,” and that the agency is “not at a point where we can disclose or confirm the cause of death,” a response that only seems to deepen the suspicion many have that a cover-up may be afoot, given that multiple months have passed since the event at issue.
Though Democrats have gone to great lengths to characterize Jan. 6 as a day in which pro-Trump conservatives wreaked havoc on our nation’s institutions and caused the death of innocent victims, the fact remains that of the five known fatalities related to Capitol demonstrations, three were the result of personal medical emergencies including heart attack and stroke. Aside from those cases and that of Sicknick, the only other death was that of Ashli Babbitt, a conservative protestor who was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer.
Considering that former President Donald Trump was impeached for what Democrats claimed was incitement to a riot that resulted in the death of Sicknick, and those same lawmakers used what they characterize as an ongoing threat of violence to turn the nation’s capital into something resembling an armed camp, the American public is owed the truth of what really happened, and hopefully Judicial Watch will be able to obtain it.