Harris praises officers who committed suicide ‘protecting our democracy’

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

There are a lot of very unpleasant facts surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

They include the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been blamed, at least in part, for allowing the riot to occur since she rejected President Trump’s offer of additional troops to be there, a responsibility that never was addressed during her congressional committee’s review of the violence.

Another is that police shot and killed an unarmed protester, Ashli Babbit, the only person actually killed in the riot.

Another is that one police officer died of natural causes shortly after the riot.

And yet another is that four police officers committed suicide in the months following the fracas, for which nearly 1,000 people have been arrested on charges, often including trespassing.

But Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s vice president, invoked the names of those five officers in her politicized statement on the two-year anniversary of the riot, saying all died “protecting our democracy.”

Details on all the suicides actually haven’t been released that would show the riot somehow left them unhinged enough to take their own lives.

But Harris said, in a statement about the riot, that “insurrectionists” tried to “overturn a lawful election.”

“Because of the bravery of our law enforcement officers and the resolve of the people’s representatives, this assault on our democracy failed,” she said. “As president of the Senate and as a former United States senator, I have seen firsthand the incredible heroism of the law enforcement officers who defend our nation’s capital.

“Doug and I pray for the families and loved ones of the officers who lost their lives protecting our democracy: Officer Brian Sicknick, Officer Gunther Hashida, Officer Howard Liebengood, Officer Jeffrey Smith, and Officer Kyle DeFreytag. And we pray for all those who still bear the scars of that tragic day.”

Sicknick died of natural causes, multiple strokes, and the other four ended their own lives.

WND reported more than a year ago on the situation at a time when U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, a New York Democrat, claimed the riot cost “almost 10” lives.

It was documented at the time that another person died at the time of a drug overdose, and there were three other deaths from natural causes.

That report noted that the suicides were “without evidence that their deaths had anything to do with the riot.”

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