On January 26 I wrote a post titled “Deadly riots” that explored the cause of death of the five people whose deaths have been claimed to have been caused by the January 6th riots and/or rioters. One was Capitol Police Officer Sicknick, and I concluded, based on all the information I could find at that time, that we have no idea whether he was actually injured by rioters, whether or how those injuries might have caused his death, or what his actual cause of death might have been. I based that conclusion on information available in the MSM and from official reports as well as statements from his family.
I updated that information on February 1 with this post that added that early reports in the MSM had been that he died of a stroke. These reports seem to have fallen by the wayside but have never been retracted; they merely were replaced with assertions that he’d been hit in the head by a fire extinguisher hurled by a rioter or rioters, and had died of this injury. You can find the details at the link.
Now I see this CNN article appearing on February 2, which is headlined, “Investigators struggle to build murder case in death of US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.” What is the struggle about, and what is the case for murder so far? Why, it’s about finding no evidence at all that Sicknick sustained any injury at the hands of rioters [emphasis mine]:
Investigators are struggling to build a federal murder case regarding fallen US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, vexed by a lack of evidence that could prove someone caused his death as he defended the Capitol during last month’s insurrection.
Authorities have reviewed video and photographs that show Sicknick engaging with rioters amid the siege but have yet to identify a moment in which he suffered his fatal injuries, law enforcement officials familiar with the matter said.
Note how cleverly this is written. The reader might be forgiven for thinking that we know for a fact that there were such injuries, we know what they were, and all that’s missing is photographic evidence.
I think it’s very likely that the present administration, the Democrats, and the press are hoping that the narrative around Officer Sicknick’s death that they’ve already established in the minds of the vast majority of Americans – that right-wing Trump-supporting rioters killed him by bashing him in the head with a fire extinguisher – will continue to serve its purpose. In order to do this, it’s important to keep any information that might tend to undercut that narrative away from the public. If the Capitol Police are told to do that, I am assuming that they follow orders.
[NOTE: As I’ve said in previous pieces on this, of course it’s possible that we’ll find out that Officer Sicknick was in fact killed by rioters wielding a fire extinguisher. I doubt it, but that doesn’t mean I know. I also wonder if they’ll ever release any more information to clarify what caused his death.]